Overview

This programme will see you build your knowledge of all parts of our Generation and Nuclear New Build business, with support and training to take care of every aspect of your professional and personal development.

Requirements

  • 2:1 Bachelor’s Degree or a 2:2 Postgraduate Degree in Environmental Science, Chemistry, Natural Sciences, Chemical Engineering, or an associated subject
  • Willingness to relocate as required
  • Desire to learn and develop your skills

Duration

16 months

Applications closed

Due to a high volume of applications for our 2017 Environmental Science scheme this programme is now closed.

More detail

You will be aware of the role that you will be taking up permanently in the organisation ahead of joining the graduate scheme. We will work with you to identify the department that best suits your skills and interest areas, and also the location where you will be based.

Once you get started you will spend the first 3 months of your graduate scheme based at your home location, getting to know your new team. This time will be interspersed with periods of residential training at our training centre near Gloucester. The next 8 months of your programme will be spent rotating around our Central Technical Organisation, Station Engineering, Operations, Maintenance and Technical & Safety functions, so you’ll see how everything fits together. During this time you will have the support of your line manager, a recent graduate buddy and a qualified Environmental Science technical mentor.

When you’ve completed your initial 11 months’ training, you‘ll spend the final 5 months of the programme back in your home department, getting more experience and developing your skills ready to take on your permanent role. Once this period is complete you will take up a substantive role within this business area.

By the end of it, you’ll be ready to embark on a range of uniquely rewarding Environmental Science careers.

Our industry’s evolving fast and moving in many new directions. On this Graduate Programme we’ll teach you the basics over 16 months and then we’ll work together to decide where you want to make your mark, before letting you loose on one of the major challenges of our lifetime – shaping the energy industry of the future.

Training

The breadth of learning opportunities on offer during the programme is astonishing. First and foremost, there’s a host of top-quality technical training to underscore what you learn on the job. The knowledge and experience you gain at this stage will set you on your way towards IEMA chartership, under the watchful eye of your environmental science mentor.

Alongside technical knowhow, there’s a huge amount to learn about the business side of things. Hence our core financial and commercial awareness training programmes – which will also help you transition into a full time role at the end of the programme.

To get the best from our training, you'll need to be flexible about your location and ready to move from one place to another. You'll undertake six attachments during the course of the graduate programme, in a minimum of three different locations. During the first six months of the programme (September - March), you'll be assigned a base location at one of our nuclear power stations. We’ll endeavour to ensure that your first two attachments are at this base location.  These attachments will be interspersed with residential training at our Central Technical Office at Barnwood. From March onwards, you'll have the chance to work at four different locations, with each attachment lasting between six weeks and two months. While you're on your way to becoming an expert engineer in your own right, you’ll also be trained up as a STEM Ambassador so that you can inspire the next generation of environmental scientists at STEM events nationwide. This will form part of your wider leadership training, and support with building and developing your own career.

Andrew Morris – Environmental Science Graduate Scheme

I originally joined EDF Energy during my third year at The University of Bath, undertaking an Industrial Placement with the company. I then received sponsorship from EDF Energy for the final year of my degree studies before returning onto the graduate scheme in the following September.

I chose the Environmental Science graduate scheme as that was the department with which I undertook my industrial placement, although I could have also chosen the Chemistry graduate scheme. Personally, I had really enjoyed my industrial placement, and that’s why I wanted to return.

No two working days look the same for me on the graduate scheme. Whether it is attending new meetings, talking to new colleagues, going out on plant or getting involved with new projects; there is always something new to be getting involved with and something new to learn. It’s hard to choose just one highlight from my time at EDF Energy so far. From taking a leading role in the production of a predictive tool for marine ingress at Torness, to being a part of the Hinkley Point 2016 outage, or taking part in the Low Carbon Residential (STEM) week – they were all uniquely rewarding.

A key part of succeeding within EDF Energy is to approach each day with right attitude. If you have the desire to learn new things, meet new people and take all opportunities that are presented to you – you will go far in both the graduate scheme and beyond.

Applying

Due to a high volume of applications for our 2017 Environmental Science scheme this programme is now closed.

We receive a large volume of applications to our Graduate Schemes each year and whilst we aim to consider everyone, our approach is to review and consider applications in the order that they are received. We may close some schemes earlier than the deadline of 16th December 2016 if we receive a large number of applications and therefore we would encourage candidates to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Applications closed

Due to a high volume of applications for our 2017 Environmental Science scheme this programme is now closed.