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 Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering or an associated subject
  • Willingness to relocate as required
  • Desire to learn and develop your skills

Duration

16 months

Applications open
Apply now

Applications are now open and will close at midnight on the 16th December 2016.

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 Mechanical Engineering 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 Mechanical Engineering careers – and well on the way to Chartership with the IME.

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 Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME) - a valuable seal of approval for your pathway to becoming a Chartered Mechanical Engineer.

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Juliet Muli - Mechanical Engineering Graduate Scheme

Having just started my first role following the graduate programme, I can look back and see how much it’s benefited me. Overall, it was a fantastic opportunity to get to know different areas of the business and discover those that best suit my skills. I did find it difficult moving so rapidly from one assignment to another in different parts of the country, especially as I didn’t drive, but the reward is seeing so many aspects of the nuclear industry so quickly. It helped that the more experienced engineers were so keen to see us develop, and were always ready to offer advice and share experience. Thanks to the programme, I met lots of highly talented people who are now my friends and also part of my professional network. I have a good grasp of how EDF Energy works, particularly in Nuclear Generation. I know how different teams interact and where to go for information and help when I need it. Perhaps most importantly of all, I have a very clear understanding of my strengths and where my skills fit in. I’m pleased to have been offered a role in a highly technical area of my choice. Of course the training and development doesn’t stop when you finish the graduate programme! I’ve also been set a number of tasks that will help me pick up the experience needed for my new role. And I’m looking forward to further training, mentoring sessions and self-study.

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 your future IMechE chartership, all under the watchful eye of your mechanical engineering 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 mechanical engineers 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 open
Apply now

Applications are now open and will close at midnight on the 16th December 2016.