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 Mathematics or an associated subject
  • Willingness to relocate as required
  • Desire to learn and develop your skills

Duration

16 months

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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 Mathmatician 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 Mathematics careers – and well on the way to Chartership with the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

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 Institute of Mathematics and its Applications - a valuable seal of approval for your pathway to becoming a Chartered Mathematician.

Institute of Mathematics and its applications

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Neil Bristow - Maths Graduate Scheme

When you’re building a new nuclear power station, there’s no room for error. As a mathematician I get involved in lots of analytical and process thinking. Computer modelling is also key – for example to work out how materials will react in different environments over very long periods of time, not just the next 20 to 30 years. I didn't know much about the nuclear industry when I started and, although there's lots to learn, the training is extremely thorough. My technical knowledge has really advanced in just one year. Moving from site to site, I’ve had exposure to such a wide variety of experiences, from the control room and beyond, working with people who have a huge amount of experience to share. I now spend a lot of time liaising between our French counterparts and the new build site at Hinkley Point. There are quite a few meetings in both the UK and France and, as my experience has grown, I’ve been given more and more of a role to play. I've also been involved in a new structural integrity evaluation technique, applying it to new and existing data to test its levels of reliability and accuracy. People will always need electricity, and fossil fuels are on the decline, so the size of EDF Energy’s nuclear portfolio really sets it apart. I've worked in universities and I also considered financial services, but this is a much more interesting and rewarding industry.

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 IMA Chartership, under the watchful eye of your Maths 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 scheme, 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. Here you'll have two attachments, 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.

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 mathematicians at STEM events nationwide. This will form part of your wider leadership training, and support with building and developing your own career.

Applying

Applications open early September.

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

Applications are now closed.