As EDF Energy harnesses the potential of nuclear power to build a sustainable energy future a reality, we need talented young minds to be the Nuclear Engineers of tomorrow. That’s why we’ve partnered with Bridgwater College in Somerset to offer our sponsored Nuclear Foundation Degree.
- Strong A-levels – ideally in science, technology, engineering or mathematical subjects
- A genuine interest in the nuclear and energy industries
- You’ll need to live under 45 minutes away from Hinkley Point Power Station by car or be willing to relocate
- Desire to learn and develop your skills
The degree offers practical power station experience, in-depth classroom learning and a starting salary of around £15,000 a year, which rises as your skills progress. In fact, if your performance impresses us, there’s every chance you’ll find yourself being offered a job once you’ve completed the course. Trainees will learn through a combination of lectures, directed study, assignment work, practical exercises and work-based projects relevant to their role at EDF Energy.
During your first year, you’ll spend time in a wide range of departments at Hinkley Point B Power Station in Somerset. These will include engineering, work management, maintenance, day operations and shift operations, plus nine weeks of company training. Essentially, you’ll learn how the station works before being streamed into the department that suits you in Year Two.
And that’s just the practical side of things. In terms of theoretical learning, your block releases will cover a comprehensive programme of classes. In the first year, you’ll cover everything from Engineering and Technology Appreciation to Mathematics and Design, Materials & Manufacture to Electrical & Electronic Principles, plus Nuclear Fundamentals. Then, in your second year, you’ll sit modules in Projects, Computer Aided Engineering, Instrumentation & Control, Thermal & Fluid Processes, Nuclear Fuel Cycle, Nuclear Safety Case Management and Reactor Technology.
It’s a lot to learn but, at the end of 27 months, you’ll be well placed to start your career in the nuclear industry.
As you learn and develop with our trainee scheme, you’ll also be taking home a salary which has the potential to grow as you gain more experience. Your basic pay will start at £14,000, and you can also expect 25 days’ holiday, yearly salary reviews and eligibility to contribute to the company pension as soon as you turn 18.
When you apply online you’ll be asked to upload your CV and answer some questions related to your skills and experience. Be sure to take the time to fill these out thoroughly.
Your application will be carefully reviewed by the EDF Energy team. We’ll take into account your educational qualifications, skills and experience, and we’ll let you know you whether or not you’ll be progressing to the next stage of the process as soon as possible.
If we like the look of your application, you’ll be invited to undertake some assessments at one of our offices. You’ll be told the outcome of your tests within 14 days.
If you’re successful in passing the testing phase, we’ll invite you back for a face-to-face interview and assessment session. Here, you’ll meet people from the business and be asked about your motivation for undertaking an apprenticeship as well as your educational and work experience.
After this final stage, we’ll let you know whether or not we’re offering you a position. We’ll try to do this within three weeks of your interview.