Overview

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. 

Requirements

  • 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

Duration

12 months

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More detail

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.

Training

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.

Christine Emma Ballard

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.

Applying

Applications are now open.

We receive a large volume of applications 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 early if we receive a large number of applications and therefore we would encourage candidates to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Applications open
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Applications are now open.