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
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.
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.
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.
As you learn and develop on the apprentice scheme, you’ll receive a salary which has the potential to grow as you gain more experience within the industry.
You will also receive travel and subsistence costs whilst undertaking studies at the National College for Nuclear.
25 days’ annual leave and bank holidays.
Join our pension scheme and enjoy access to a wide range of flexible benefits.
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.
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.