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


27 months

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More detail

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.

Where it could take you

Combining on-the-job training with study towards a Nuclear Engineering foundation degree, you’ll earn the practical power station experience and engineering skills you need to kickstart a rewarding career in energy. And because selected candidates may also have the option of topping up to a full degree, there’s every opportunity to finish the course and go straight into a role with one of the UK’s largest energy companies. Work hard and you’ll soon be helping to make the decisions today that shape tomorrow.

As a Trainee, you may go on to take up permanent roles within Hinkley Point B, in departments like Operations or Engineering. It all depends on business need and your performance throughout the Foundation Degree course – do well and we’ll do our best to find a place for you.

Where you'll be based

On the Foundation Degree, you’ll study part-time on a block release basis spread over two academic years, plus one term of a third, at Bridgwater College in Somerset. Here, you’ll develop new skills and gain a solid foundation in the theory behind the work you do at the power station. And you’ll do it all in a fantastic environment.

Most of your time will be spent on site at Hinkley Point B Power Station, where you’ll work full-time and learn on the job. This way you get to put everything you’re taught in the classroom into practice in an operational environment. You’ll also benefit from working alongside and learning from true nuclear energy experts.


  • Power station - Hinkley Point B


Training and benefits

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.

What's in it for you?

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.


If you think you have what it takes to shape the future of low carbon energy, we’d love to hear from you when applications open at the end of March.

Applications closed