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.


  • 2:1 Bachelor’s/M.Eng Degree or a 2:2 with a Postgraduate Degree in Material Science & Metallurgy or an associated subject
  • Willingness to relocate as required
  • Desire to learn and develop your skills


16 months

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Applications are now closed.

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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 Material Science and Metallurgy 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 Material Science and Metallurgy careers – and well on the way to Chartership with The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. 

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.

We’re proud to say this Graduate Programme is accredited by the The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining - a valuable seal of approval for your pathway to becoming a Chartered Material Science and Metallurgy Engineer.

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
Man smiling inside an office space

Jacob Knight - Material Science and Metallurgy Graduate Scheme

I found out about the EDF Energy graduate programme through my University Recruitment website. I’ve grown up knowing a little bit about energy as some of my family work in the industry, so this seemed like an ideal job. There wasn’t really a typical day on the programme. Most days I was in the office, but I often got to go out to a plant, to another site or to the control room. It gave me the opportunity to see how every area of the business worked and how things were done – including getting to see inside huge bits of machinery which was pretty exciting. One of my most rewarding experiences at EDF Energy has to be the week I spent helping the maintenance team overhaul one of the great big diesel engines. By the Friday afternoon we had everything working, everything overhauled and put back together, ready for the test run. A number of managers told me I’d done a good job. That was a nice feeling. The STEM related activities I attended were good fun too. We visited schools in the Somerset area to tell children a bit about what we’ve been doing and to try and get them interested in careers in Science and Engineering. Seeing the children go away at the end of it quite enthused about Science and Engineering was really rewarding. Since finishing the programme, I’m now based at Barnwood (Gloucester) as a Structural Integrity Branch Analyst. The experience and knowledge I gained of station life really helps me when it comes to interfacing, and it also means I have a good idea of the plants, the machinery and how everything works. It also meant I got to grips with project work and delivering to limited timeframes, which is essential in this industry. I’d definitely recommend the programme to a friend. It gives a broad introduction to the industry and you learn a lot while you’re doing it, having fun along the way too. For me, it was the chance to work in the Nuclear industry with the only player in the market at the moment. That was a big draw.


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 IoM3 chartership, under the watchful eye of your material science and metallurgy 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 material scientists and metallurgists at STEM events nationwide. This will form part of your wider leadership training, and support with building and developing your own career.


You’ll be given a base location at the start of the Graduate Programme, but expect to move at least a couple of times during your training. It's worth noting that during attachments, you will be expected to secure and fund your own short-term accommodation, supported by your relocation allowance.

As a Material Science and Metallurgy Engineer you could work in the below locations. On top of this, you might be given the opportunity to undertake attachments in other locations; such as our Coal and Gas fired power stations at Cottam and West Burton (both in Nottinghamshire), or with our Nuclear New Build business in Gloucester, Bristol, London or Hinkley Point.

Barnwood Nuclear Generation


Dungeness Power Station

Hartlepool Power Station

Heysham 1 & 2 Power Stations

Hunterston Power Station

Power station - Hinkley Point B

Hinkley Point B is a nuclear power station near Bridgwater in Somerset. The station was the first Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor to generate electricity to the grid in the UK.

Power station - Torness

Torness is a nuclear power station on the east coast of Scotland, 33 miles east of Edinburgh. It is capable of supplying electricity over 2 million UK homes.

Sizewell Power Station


Applications are 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 17th November 2017 if we receive a large number of applications and therefore we would encourage candidates to apply early to avoid disappointment.


Applications closed

Applications are now closed.