At EDF Energy, we’re big on supporting people as they set out on their career. Which is why you’ll spend four years learning from experts and as well as getting valuable experience, you’ll also study for a Bachelors Degree in Engineering (Honours). You can expect on-the-job training and the kind of practical experience you simply can't get on a university campus. 


  • 102 UCAS points - ideally this will consist of at least 3 A levels (at grade C or above), including Maths and a Science subject or a relevant Level 3 qualification, such as a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with a strong mathematical element.
  • Be able to demonstrate enthusiasm for engineering in the nuclear industry
  • Show clear motivation to develop an a career within EDF Energy
  • Ability to engage people at all levels and work within a team


4 years

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You’ll follow the Nuclear Engineer Degree Apprenticeship Standard and during your time with us, you’ll also be working towards attaining professional recognition and registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

With our support you’ll study your degree at the new National College for Nuclear, through Bridgwater & Taunton College situated in Somerset. The college provides first class training facilities and instructors allowing you to fully experience both the theoretical concepts and practical hands-on engineering.

More detail

The Southern Hub of the National College for Nuclear (NCfN) is based at Bridgwater and Taunton College’s Cannington campus. The NCfN provides a state-of-the-art nuclear training facility as well as recreation space and student accommodation. It brings together a unique nuclear community providing you with the opportunity to fully embrace collaborative learning and gain valuable life skills and the behaviours that the nuclear industry requires.

You can find out more about the NCfN here.

Where it could take you

Once you’ve completed the scheme, you’ll have both academic qualifications and years of experience within EDF Energy. That means you’ll be in the best possible position to continue your career and your future will be yours for the taking.

Where you'll be based

During the apprenticeship you will be working within a team at our office in Barnwood, Gloucester, one of eight nuclear sites or for the first time, our Hinkley Point C site. Your time will be split between your EDF Energy workplace and the National College for Nuclear.

When completing your application, please state your preferred location in your CV or covering letter. We currently have opportunities in the following locations:

Sizewell B Power Station

Boasting the UK’s only Pressurised Water Reactor, Sizewell B Power Station in Suffolk is recruiting two apprentice in 2018. Both positions fall within our Engineering teams:

Our Process Computing Group focuses on real time plant protection, plant control, display and alarm management systems. They maintain a wide variety of computing equipment from state of the art plant control systems right down to the latest commercial technologies including networks, operating systems and IT security. Their successful apprentice will have the opportunity to contribute to a wide range of engineering tasks including supporting the maintenance and development of the stations plant computing systems including, system health, failure analysis, investigating plant anomalies, new system design, software development and testing.

Our Engineering Protection Team within the Engineering Maintenance Department focuses on all aspects of Engineering work, such as system maintenance, engineering change and working with Maintenance to improve maintenance instructions. The successful trainee will also have the opportunity to assist with plant inspections, design reviews and root cause analysis of plant defects.

Barnwood Office

Our Central Engineering Support Functions in Barnwood, Gloucester, are home to some of the brightest minds in the industry. We are recruiting one apprentice to work within this business area, where they will be supporting the safe operation of our fleet of power stations in the UK.

The Control and Instrumentation (“C&I”) Systems Branch in the Central Technical Organisation provides lifecycle support, such as specification, design, development and safety case management as well as technical oversight to our fleet of nuclear power stations on wide ranging C&I systems. These include Reactor Protection Systems and Process C&I systems of varying complexities. As well as engaging with a diverse range of suppliers, the successful candidate will have an opportunity to gain first-hand experience working on challenging yet exciting projects and will interact with various Engineering and support groups within CTO and across our fleet of nuclear power stations.

Hinkley Point C Project

Hinkley Point C is currently the largest construction site in Europe and is building a 3.2 Giga watt Power Station with 2 reactors. It will have 4000km of electrical cabling, 400km of pipework, and enough steel to build a railway from London to Rome. HPC will avoid 9 million tons of C02 emissions each year of its 60-year operation and will have the capacity to provide electricity to 6 million homes.

Of the course of the HPC project we will offer over 25,000 opportunities including 1000 Apprenticeships. HPC are recruiting apprentices to join our client organisation to work within our engineering functions at either our Delivery Command Centre in Bristol and our Site Command Centre at HPC Site

During your time on HPC you will work closely with our partner companies EDF Group and CGN along with interacting with various engineering and supply chain partners. 

Barnwood Nuclear Generation

Hinkley Point C

Sizewell Power Station

Training and development

Year one: You’ll be in full time residential study at the National College for Nuclear  completing a foundation year in engineering including both academic and hands on learning within a realistic training environment. You’ll also take part in an outward bound course with fellow EDF Energy apprentices; undertake foundation training courses and complete inductions and orientations at your EDF Energy base location. You’ll live in accommodation provided by Bridgwater & Taunton College and whilst you’re there we’ll cover agreed travel expenses from your home location.

Years two and three: Your time will be split between your studies and on the job learning at your EDF Energy location. You’ll complete three, four week blocks of residential study and will then have the opportunity to develop and build on these in your workplace. 

Year four: You’ll spend most of your time at your EDF Energy location, whilst continuing your studies through long distance learning.  You’ll have developed your knowledge and skills from your studies and in the workplace and you will have captured the learning evidence as part of your training and development portfolio. The final stage of your apprenticeship will involve you completing a significant work based project which will be required as evidence of completion and qualification for the degree apprenticeship award.

As well as all the support you need, you’ll also enjoy plenty of opportunities to get involved in meaningful and challenging work once your studies are underway. That doesn’t mean you’ll have too much on your plate. You’ll have to put a lot of work in to manage your studies and your day-to-day duties but as you’ll be on block release from work when you’re studying, we can make sure we manage your workload accordingly.

Case study

Don’t just take our word for it, read Chris Ewing’s case study. He joined the Nuclear Engineer Degree Apprenticeship in September 2016 and is currently working within the Safety Assurance team in our Barnwood office:

What inspired you to apply to EDF Energy’s Nuclear Engineer Degree Apprenticeship?

I had a keen interest in starting a career within a technical role and this opportunity allows me to gain qualifications as well as real workplace experience within a market leading company. 

How has your experience at college been so far and what you are currently studying?  

I am currently studying towards a Mechatronics Foundation Degree, completing modules in Mathematics, Materials, Design and Electronics.  This is a step up from A Level studies and so far I have found college to be challenging but very interesting.  There is a good mix of units which complement each other and work well. 

Do you enjoy being able to attend college 2 days per week, and gain on-the-job experience the other 3 days per week?

I am enjoying learning at college and then being able to apply what I have learned in the workplace.  It is also a great way to complete high level work experience alongside my studies which is invaluable and not something that everyone has the opportunity to do.

What advice would you give to applicants thinking of applying to this scheme?

It’s a challenging regime but if you are willing to put the work in it can be very prosperous as opportunities like this don’t come around particularly often.  The application process is tough but fair.  You don’t need to know everything about the role you will be carrying out but you should show a willingness to learn and the desire to further yourself.


Applications are now closed.


Applications closed

Applications are now closed