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 to the hiring team.
If everything goes well through these stages, we’ll make you an offer as soon as possible after your interview. If you accept, congratulations on the official start of a very exciting and rewarding career with EDF Energy.
Following your verbal acceptance of our offer, our onboarding team will issue you with an offer letter and contract as well as completing pre-employment checks which will include a medical, references and security clearance. This process can take approximately 8 weeks to complete. Majority of our placements commence in early-September however depending on business needs and candidate availability, there may be an option to start before September providing you have satisfactorily completed pre-employment checks.
Chemistry Student Charlotte Welsh from Teesside University shares her experiences of being on placement at our Hartlepool Power station:
What was the interview process like?
I am currently sponsored by the company so the interview process was slightly different for me as I have done parts of the process previously and did not have to repeat them, but the general process outlined on the website is pretty straightforward. The interview process is completely fair, but can be tough if you have never had to do one before.
The interview is completed by members of the hiring team. Just remember that they are not there to trick you, they want to see your potential.
How much responsibility do you have?
I am currently working on Periodic Safety Review 3 for the Hartlepool/Heysham 1 project. I have to deliver information accurately and on time to the correct people or the project could fall behind. As we are on a set schedule and delivery date, it’s part of my job to ensure this does not happen.
My supervisor has also arranged for me to gain some experience with the station chemistry department, including helping them with a current project involving a change in chemical dosing to some of the cooling water systems on site due to a change in legislation.
What advice would you give to students applying for your role?
Be prepared for a steep learning curve; it is a completely different learning environment to university. Your supervisor and department will always help you and if you ever have any questions do not be afraid to ask them. The more you ask, the more you will learn and the easier your job will be. There are staff here who have been here since the station was being built so make the most of the knowledge you can gain from them.
What do you most enjoy about your role?
It’s challenging for me, as it is a lot of knowledge outside of my degree as I primarily work for an Engineering department. My supervisor enjoys testing my knowledge to see how much I have learned.
Describe your biggest achievement?
My two biggest achievements are: the Periodic Safety Review 3 and the Chemistry research I carried out.
Part of the Periodic Safety Review 3 project involved confirming full closure of all the previous Periodic Safety Review report recommendations. As part of this exercise, I took it upon myself to gather all the evidence to confirm the full closure of an action focused on one of the fire systems used on station. This ended up with 28 pages of evidence to prove its completion and in recognition; a positive condition report was placed on the company’s system with my name on it.
Within the Chemistry department I was asked to test samples relating to a cooling water system used on site to see what effect pH has on the concentration of chromate. It is currently being decided what new regimen to use for this system due to the current dosing chemical being banned from use in September 2017. This research resulted in a report which has helped with the decision making process.
How has this experience exceeded your expectations?
I expected to learn a lot, but the way opportunities are given to you is wonderful. There are always chances to learn and improve, and it can be both technical and personal skills that are developed. I never expected to have so much freedom or support from my supervisor, who will test me on what I have learned and explain something to me in detail and show me the area in person to help me learn.
What is the atmosphere like on site?
Everyone is so friendly. They will normally say hello and asks how you are doing as you walk past each other.
What activities are there outside of work?
Most people from station live in Hartlepool or the surrounding area (such as Middlesbrough which is 20 minutes away by car or 30 minutes by bus or train). Hartlepool has a lot of evening dining choices, gyms and the seaside resort Seaton Carew. It’s also a train ride from Newcastle which has a really good nightlife, York which has some brilliant sightseeing attractions and the Metrocentre which is great for a shopping day.
How promising are the graduate prospects?
As a currently sponsored student, I am waiting to find out if there is a graduate opportunity in 2018 available for me. All IP’s are put forward for sponsorship with the company before their placement ends and it is an amazing opportunity I have taken full advantage of.