Here at EDF Energy, we’re passionate about helping people develop their natural abilities so they can get the most out of their careers. That’s why we’ve partnered with two colleges – Lancashire & Morecambe College and Bridgwater College – to offer you the opportunity to study with a like-minded group of people for a Level 2 Certificate in Engineering from City & Guilds, which is equivalent to five GCSEs.


  • You’ll need four GCSEs (at least one of which will be at grade A* - C)
  • Enthusiastic personality
  • Strong work ethic


12 months

Applications open

Applications are now open and can be made directly through the Lancashire & Morecambe College or Bridgwater College websites.

More detail

We’ll make sure your tuition fees are paid. In return, all we ask is that you apply yourself to the course and seize the opportunity to develop your abilities and gain even more skills (and that final goal of achieving the equivalent of five GCSEs A-C). We’ll also look for you to give serious consideration to applying our Engineering Maintenance Scheme at the end of your course.

You’ll study at your chosen college for one year, using their state-of-the-art facilities to learn all about the theory and practice of engineering. At the end of the year, you’ll have the knowledge and work experience you need to secure a role in the industry, study for a Level 3 qualification, or apply to EDF Energy’s nuclear engineering apprenticeship programme.

If you meet the requirements, please apply through the relevant college’s website. If you want to study in Lancashire visit the Lancaster & Morecambe College website; or, in Somerset, visit the Bridgwater College website.

Where it could take you

Throughout your year-long course of study, you’ll have the opportunity to access plenty of information on EDF Energy’s Maintenance Engineering Training Programme. We’re hoping that you see a career with us as the great opportunity it is, and take advantage of it. But even if you don’t, you’ll have the information you need to make the decision that’s right for you.

You’ll also have the skills and knowledge gained from your Level 2 Certificate in Engineering - everything you need to take your career on to the next level. All Access to Apprenticeships Trainees are offered the opportunity to progress straight into the assessment stage for the Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship. And if, at the end of the year, you don’t fancy a career with us, you’ll be in a great position to secure a role in the industry or continue your studies.

Where you'll be based

The Access to Apprenticeships scheme is currently offered at Lancaster & Morecambe College in Lancashire and Bridgwater College in Somerset. These colleges are close to two of our power stations – Heysham in Lancashire and Hinkley Point B in Somerset. And it’s at one of these locations that you’ll be considered for a position on the EDF Energy Apprenticeship scheme, should you choose to apply.

Bridgwater College

Lancaster & Morecambe College

Training and development

Whichever college you choose to attend, you’ll study for a BTEC Level 2 qualification in Engineering and Applied Science (equivalent to four GCSEs) which will develop your core engineering skills and knowledge. During the scheme, your core units will cover Working Safely & Effectively in Engineering, Using Engineering, Information, Mathematics for Engineering Technicians, Engineering Maintenance Procedures and Using Computer Aided Drawing Techniques in Engineering.

In addition to the core engineering units, you’ll also study Specialist Applied Science at Level 2 which will include Energy and Our Universe, Biology and Our Environment and The Application of Physical Science.

Besides the modules themselves, the programme comes with many extra benefits. You’ll be invited to an overnight team building residential and receive one-to-one learning with a personal tutor. And regular EDF Energy power generation site visits and guest speakers mean you’ll get a first-hand insight into the workings of the industry.


If you think you have what it takes to shape the future of low carbon energy, we’d love to hear from you. Places for this year's programme have now been filled, but please check back in September when applications for 2015 open.

Applications open

Applications are now open and can be made directly through the Lancashire & Morecambe College or Bridgwater College websites.