From working on radiological protection to maintaining the computer systems that run our nuclear power stations, designing electrical systems to improving safety or operations, we offer a diverse and fascinating range of 12 month industrial placements.
- You'll be studying for an engineering or science degree relevant to your chosen industrial placement and location
- You’ll be on track to achieve or will have already achieved a 2:1 undergraduate degree or 2:2 postgraduate qualification
- Technical and analytical skills
- Business instincts
- Lots of initiative and good people skills
- Desire to learn and develop new skills
Taking on a real job at a junior level, you'll have the opportunity to learn through hands-on experience under the guidance of highly skilled and experienced colleagues.
By the end of the year, you should know for sure whether this is the company you want to build your career in. If it is, you’ll soon have the chance to start by applying for a place on an EDF Energy Graduate Programme.
After you’ve completed your industrial placement, you should know for sure whether you want to be part of the UK’s nuclear future. If all goes well, we hope to see you back at EDF Energy after university, on one of our many and varied nuclear science and engineering graduate programmes – many accredited by a leading industry association. Naturally, the skills and experience gained on the industrial placement will look great on your application. Some of our industrial placements are offered sponsorship for their final years at university and a position on the Nuclear Science and Engineering Graduate Scheme to return to at the end of their degree.
Make it onto our Nuclear Science & Engineering graduate scheme and you’ll find yourself working towards a huge range of science and engineering careers at the forefront of the energy sector.
After just 12 months, you’ll be ready to apply for a full-time role within our Nuclear Generation business. Or if you prefer, you may be able to put yourself forward for a secondment to France with EDF SA.
By this point you’ll have worked your way up to become a technical specialist or manager in your chosen field. That could be just about anywhere in the EDF Group – in nuclear and beyond, at home or abroad. Plus you’ll almost definitely have earned the relevant chartership.
Your time with us won’t just be professionally rewarding. Because you’re making a real contribution to our business, you’ll be paid a salary of £16,500 for the year, with generous holiday allowance plus product and service discounts - including money off your EDF Energy bill.
Most of what you learn will be on the job, with support from your mentor and the teams you work in. Some industrial placements come with opportunities for further technical training as needed.
Apply through this site for a nuclear science and engineering industrial placement and we’ll take into account your degree subject, your location and your interests and put you forward for a specific placement.
Our recruitment process is rigorous, but totally fair – a chance for us to get to know each other. We want to find out whether you’ve got the skills and outlook to be the future of energy. You'll have a chance to see whether we’re the right option for you.
When you’ve chosen the right scheme, start by registering online and completing our application form. We will ask you for some key information such as contact details, qualifications and work experience. You'll have the chance to explain to us why you want a career with EDF Energy – so please be as clear and specific about this as you can. Our recruitment team will need to verify the information you give us in order to progress your application, so please answer truthfully, accurately and fully. Please also note that we can’t accept CVs alone.
If you meet our requirements, we’ll ask you to complete an online situational strengths test. This assessment will give you the opportunity to show us where your strengths lie when faced with a variety of work situations and will also give you an insight into the type of work our undergraduates and graduates get involved in.
In the next stage of our process we will ask you to complete an online numerical reasoning test.
It’s not always easy to convey your best qualities and experiences in an online form. Get through the online stages and you’ll have the chance to tell us more about yourself during a short telephone interview. As well as giving evidence of the skills and qualities we’re looking for, you’ll be able to show us you’ve given careful thought to your career choice.
Impress us over the phone and you’ll be invited to a face to face interview. You’ll get to learn more about us, our culture, our people and our programmes. You'll also have the opportunity to demonstrate your capability and technical knowledge. We may also ask you to take another numerical reasoning test under more controlled conditions.
If everything goes well through these stages, we’ll make you an offer as soon as possible after the assessment centre. If you accept, congratulations on the official start of a very exciting and rewarding career with EDF Energy.
Christine Emma Ballard who is studying Engineering - Mechanical Pathway (BEng) at The Open University tells us about her placement experience with us at Dungeness B Power Station:
What was the interview process like?
The interview process was tough but fair. I first applied online and then was invited to complete numerical, and then logical reasoning tests online. After this, I was invited to an assessment centre where we were given problems to solve as teams. We were assessed on our team work skills, how we coped with the pressure and how we approached the problems. I was then interviewed that afternoon by EDF members who are currently working in the field that I am interested in. The interview was fair and thorough, and they made me feel at ease.
How much responsibility do you have?
I am currently working on Periodic Safety Review 3 at Dungeness. A lot of people rely on me to deliver information and help out with the tasks brought up by the reviews, but responsibility grows as you are here. The managers here are very good at determining how much you are capable at any given point and pushing you just the right amount.
What advice would you give to students applying for your role?
Be prepared to learn a lot very fast. Working at a power station there is a lot to see and learn about and you will pick it up faster than you can imagine once you are immersed in the environment.
What do you most enjoy about your role?
I enjoy being around such knowledgeable people. Any question I can imagine about the station, there is someone who can teach me about it. There are people here that saw the station being built. I love to learn about the ins and outs of the station and its history.
Describe your biggest achievement?
I assisted with the verification of two Safety Factor documents in PSR3, it was very satisfying to see them progress. I have also nearly completed my dissertation for university, which has been heavily shaped by my placement. I don't believe that it would be where it is at without my working here.
How has this experience exceeded your expectations?
I never expected that I'd be given so much freedom, or so much support in learning. My manager will happily go through systems that I am learning about with me, tell me where to look next and allow me to go study them. It's amazing actually going and seeing the systems for myself and gaining a deeper understanding of what I have learned in my studies.
What is the office atmosphere like?
Everyone is incredibly friendly and willing to help out. People here are always willing to pass on their knowledge and show you around.
What activities are there outside of work?
Ashford is about half an hour away, it is where most people at the station live. There are places to eat there, and gyms. The nightlife isn't amazing but Canterbury isn't far from there, about 20 minute drive from Ashford and has excellent nightlife.
How promising are the graduate prospects?
Graduate prospects are very promising. IP’s are put forward as graduate candidates and interviewed before leaving to complete their final year of university.