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 Physics, 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 Physics 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 Physics careers – and well on the way to Chartership with the Institute of Physics (IOP).

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 Physics (IOP) - a valuable seal of approval for your pathway to becoming a Chartered Physicist.

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Eddie Birkett - Physics Graduate Scheme

My postgraduate degree set me on the path to a career in nuclear science, but I wanted to stay on the civil side of the industry. EDF Energy is a company with a really bright future where I can make good use of my knowledge of reactor physics. Being a physicist, you have all of the theoretical tools to work in nuclear energy but you do need to gain some practical ones too. If you’re a keen learner, then you'll pick them up relatively easily during your rotations around the business. They really help outside of work too! There's no such thing as a typical day during the graduate programme; each attachment will give you a completely different experience of the company and the different business functions within it. For example, I spent seven weeks on shift with operations, going out with the guys who run the station. I also spent time down at our Engineering Offices in Barnwood, Gloucestershire, working on a lifetime extension project to do with graphite weight loss in advanced gas-cooled reactors. It was great to meet around 70 fellow graduate joiners at the start of the programme and I've met many other colleagues during rotations. I now know at least one person on every EDF Energy nuclear station. Some friends have even gone to EDF Energy in France this year and it may be possible for me to work overseas in places like Russia or China. This network will be an invaluable resource down the line.

Training

The breadth of learning opportunities on offer during the Graduate 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 IoP chartership, under the watchful eye of your Physics 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 physicists 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.