Graduate scheme application tips
We receive a large volume of applications to our Graduate Schemes each year and whilst we aim to consider everyone, our approach is to review and consider applications in the order that they are received. We may close some schemes earlier than the deadline if we receive a large number of applications and therefore we would encourage candidates to apply early to avoid disappointment.
Allow plenty of time to complete your application. Find a time when you know you won’t be interrupted so you can give the application your full attention.
Be clear on your CV how you meet the minimum entry criteria. Our graduate schemes often specify that particular degree subjects are required and this information should be obvious on your CV.
Double check your spelling and grammar. Don’t rely on your computer’s spell-check, get someone else to review your CV and then double check it again!
Make sure you keep to the deadlines. As you progress through the application process you will be invited to participate in the different elements of the selection process. These are time-bound to ensure that we can process your application in plenty of time. If you miss a deadline your application may not progress.
Ensure you complete the online testing in an environment where you can concentrate. Some of the tests are timed, you will need to concentrate and you won’t want to be interrupted.
Prepare well for your telephone interview. This is your first opportunity to speak to us and it’s a great opportunity to impress us with your knowledge of EDF Energy. We use a strengths-based format for our telephone interviews so that we can understand what you enjoy doing the most.
Be enthusiastic! It’s always fantastic to hear how passionate candidates are about working in the energy industry.
Make notes. If you are invited to assessment centre it’s useful to review your previous responses as part of your preparation.
We aim to keep you updated on the status of your application. Some parts of the application process naturally move more quickly and therefore your application may not yet have progressed each time you hear from us, however we will endeavour to communicate with you on a regular basis.
Advice from our successful Graduates..
We asked some of our Graduates what advice they would give candidates applying for the Graduate Programmes and this is what they said..
'The scheme is competitive, but if you get on board it is an excellent opportunity. If you do apply, it’s not just about showing your knowledge of your subject understanding of nuclear power, but about demonstrating how you can fit into the company and champion its values' - Harry Greenwood (Chemistry)
'The top tip for people looking at joining the graduate scheme would be to always keep an open mind to trying new things, meeting new people and moving around the country – take all the opportunities given to you' - Andy Morris (Environmental Science)
'Whilst at University ensure that you get involved with things that will make you stand out from the hundreds of other applicants who also have a degree. The ability to discuss any part-time work, volunteering or extracurricular activities is really important and gives you a dimension of skills to help showcase yourself to the company as a suitable candidate. Working for an Energy company doesn’t require an in-depth knowledge of the energy industry, but it does require the interest and passion to learn' - Vicky Upton (Business Analyst):
'Think carefully about the skills and knowledge you have to offer and how these will enable you to make an impact in the organisation' - Emma Betts-Gray (Supply Chain)
'Demonstrate a good understanding of the dynamics of the energy market, on both the generation and retail side, and how these affect EDF Energy' - Toby Gadd (Commercial Leadership)
Graduate & Undergraduate Programmes
How many different graduate programmes do you offer?
We offer 15 graduate programmes across Nuclear Science, Engineering & Commercial.
Can I apply to more than one?
No, you can only apply for one graduate programme in one year. You can, however, apply for a graduate programme and an industrial placement.
Do you have opportunities for graduates whose degree isn't science or engineering related?
How long do the programmes run for?
The duration varies from programme to programme. Please check each programme you are interested in to find out more.
What industrial placements do you offer?
We currently offer three industrial placement programmes across Nuclear Science and Engineering, Finance and HR.
How long do your industrial placements run for?
Our industrial placements all run for a period of 12 months.
School Leavers - A-Level
What is your Nuclear Foundation Degree, who is it for, and where could it take me?
What is your Technical Foundation Training Scheme, who is it for, and where could it take me?
What apprenticeship programmes does EDF Energy offer?
We offer three apprenticeship programmes – Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship, Business Apprenticeship and the Smart Metering Dual Fuel Apprenticeship.
Can I apply to more than one apprenticeship programme?
Yes, as long as you meet the specific criteria set out for each apprenticeship programme you intend on applying for.
How long do your programmes last?
The duration of our apprenticeships varies from programme to programme. Please check each apprenticeship you are interested in to find out more.
What qualifications do I need?
The entry requirements vary from apprenticeship to apprenticeship. Please check each apprenticeship you are interested in to find out more.
What can I do to be considered for an apprenticeship if I don't have the number of GCSEs or equivalent qualifications that you ask for?
We also offer an Access to Apprenticeships trainee scheme for those who haven’t got the required qualifications to apply for one of our apprenticeships.
How would I be trained on one of your apprenticeships?
The training you receive varies from apprenticeship to apprenticeship.
What qualifications will I gain on an apprenticeship?
The qualifications you gain vary from apprenticeship to apprenticeship.
Where are your apprentices based?
The location varies from apprenticeship to apprenticeship.
Where could my apprenticeship take me in future?
How do I apply, and how long does the process take?
Skills you'll need
‘Thirst for solving problems and working in groups' - Ee-Jane Low - Graduate
‘Technical skills, creativity/ innovation and team player’ - David Dunsmore – Graduate
‘Determination, adaptability and sense of humour’ - Samuel Steed - Apprentice
‘Adaptability, reliability and outgoing’ - Jack Sharples – Apprentice
Making the most of mentoring and networking
‘Approach someone that you look up to and ask if he/she would like to be your mentor. It doesn't always need to be formal. It can be a chat over coffee! - Jane Low - Graduate
'I think it's important to speak to a variety of people, companies and universities; this can be achieved by attending careers fairs, open days, completing work experience and researching online' - David Dunsmore – Graduate
'It helps to talk to someone who is an Engineer, to understand what opportunities there are within the field as well as the sort of work that they do day to day.' - Rajasekaran, Priyanka - Work Placement Student
Don't believe the engineering myths
‘One myth is that you can know everything. In truth you never stop learning.’ - Samuel Steed - Apprentice
‘I think there is generally a misunderstanding as to what an engineer actually does because it can be such a varied role. For example, you can get engineers who are more hands-on and who might be responsible for looking after machines or specific areas of the plant. You can also get engineers who spend most of their time at a desk either designing components or carrying out computer analysis.’ - David Dunsmore - Graduate
‘Some people think engineering is a hardhat, high-vis and overalls, and you get greasy and dirty at the end of the day. This is not completely true. I do get into my hardhat and overalls from time-to-time when I need to get on-site, and this is for safety reasons. But most of the other time, I'm not.' - Jane Low - Graduate
There are lots of ways to kick start an exciting career
There are all sorts of routes to permanent engineering roles at EDF Energy. For example:
- If you’re looking to start a full-time job straight from school, we offer Maintenance Apprenticeships
- If you’d like to start your career but still study for a degree part-time, we offer a Technical Foundation Training Scheme
- If you’re nearing the end of your degree check out our Graduate Programme schemes
‘Go for it! Engineering is such a broad topic, there's bound to be something that's of interest (Biomedical, Marine, Aerospace, Energy, etc.) Plus there's an engineering skill gap worldwide.’ - Jane Low - Graduate
‘The key is to have a desire and interest to learn about how things work.’ - David Dunsmore – Graduate
The Application Process
What is the application process?
Once you have found the vacancy you wish to apply for, click the apply button. You’ll be able to add, upload or type your CV into the application and attach a covering letter. The system will prompt you to complete all of the additional information. Once complete, press submit and your application will be directed to the recruiter managing the vacancy.
If I have provided my C.V do I still need complete an application form?
As well as uploading a C.V, you’ll be asked for additional information to support your application.
How can I check the status of my application?
Depending on the role you have applied for and whether your application is successful, you will be invited to attend an interview or to participate in one of our assessment centres. If you are not successful with your application, we will notify you accordingly.
When will I know if I was successful or not?
The time taken for reviewing applications will vary depending on the type of role you are applying for. Our aim is always to respond to applications as soon as possible and you will be notified as to whether your application was successful or not.
If my application is unsuccessful, will you keep it on record and consider me for any similar posts in future?
Yes, your details will be stored on our system for 12 months in line with the Data Protection Act. Should you wish for your details to be removed please contact email@example.com
I have just finished School / College and don't have any work experience - can I still apply to EDF Energy?
Yes, we have a number of opportunities throughout the year for entry level positions. You can find these by reviewing the Early Careers section of the website.
Why do my applications keep getting rejected and how can I improve my chances of getting a job with you?
It is difficult to answer this question without more specific information about your particular application and the role you were interested in. However, there are some key questions you can ask yourself when applying for a position:
- Do you meet all the required experience for the role? Have you demonstrated that experience within your CV or application?
- Have you highlighted your transferable skills? i.e. if a role requires extensive experience of working in teams, have you highlighted your teamwork experiences to demonstrate this? Remember that non-paid experience can be very valuable as well as part-time work.
- Have you sufficiently researched the role, department and company and demonstrated this in your application? This can really make or break an application as it demonstrates your level of motivation and commitment for this role and the company.
For more advice on completing your application please see our Tips and Advice page when it goes live (date TBC).
Who can I contact for feedback on my application?
Unfortunately, due to the high number of applications we receive, we are unable to provide detailed feedback to candidates who are not successful in reaching the face-to-face interview stage.
I wanted to apply for a position I saw but it's not listed anymore - can I still apply?
Vacancies are generally advertised for 14 days. Once the closing date has passed the vacancy will no longer be listed. Unfortunately we cannot accept late applications.
The Selection Process
Will I need to attend an assessment centre, and if so, what does that involve?
The first stage of the selection process is typically a telephone interview with one of the Recruitment Delivery Team. At this stage, as well as providing an overview of your career history and motivation for the role, you may also be asked to provide additional information such as salary expectations, travel arrangements and availability to attend a face-to-face interview.
Depending on the role you applied for, the next stage could involve an assessment centre. This could involve psychometric testing or a face-to-face competency based interview with a hiring manager. You will be advised during the process which format to expect. In all scenarios it is best to research the format and how best to prepare. A number of popular online job sites provide this advice.
Can you give me an idea of what to expect at interview stage?
The competency based interview will typically be held at one of our locations. The hiring manager for the role will conduct the interview, accompanied by one of their colleagues. They will ask a series of questions relevant to the role and ask you to provide real examples from your experience. They may also try to gauge your suitability for the role by asking motivational and technical questions. The interviewers will be taking notes about your answers to help their decision making. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions about the role and the culture of the business at the interview.
How should I dress for my interview?
The dress code is formal business attire unless otherwise indicated.
Will I receive feedback on my interview even if I'm unsuccessful?
All candidates invited to an assessment centre will receive verbal feedback irrespective of whether or not they are successful.
Will I have the chance to meet any of my potential future colleagues during the selection process?
While some selection processes do involve meeting with potential colleagues, this is not a standard part of the process so can’t be guaranteed.
Life at EDF Energy
The Future of Energy
How many nuclear power stations do you operate and how many more are planned?
EDF Energy already operates eight nuclear power stations in the UK, and is now in consultation about building a new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point, adjacent to the existing site. The new plants would be latest-generation European pressurised reactors (EPRs).
Diversity & Inclusion
Is EDF Energy an equal opportunities employer?
Yes. We believe that diverse, inclusive teams make for a stronger business. The different viewpoints, skills and experiences each of us brings make for a more informed approach and richer ideas - resulting in a competitive edge and higher performances all round. A diverse workforce also helps us reflect the communities we work in, which is something that’s really important to us. Please visit our Diversity & Inclusion page for more information.
How will my equal opportunities information be used?
This information will be treated in the strictest confidence and will be used only for statistical monitoring. It is not part of the selection process and will be separated from the application prior to short-listing.
What initiatives do you have in place to promote a diverse and inclusive work place?
We hold educational company-wide diversity days and embrace network-driven initiatives like events for LGBT History Month, International Women’s Day and International Day of Persons with Disabilities, to name but a few.
Do you have social network pages that I can interact with?
Yes. You can like our Facebook Careers page to ensure you’re kept up-to-date with the latest career opportunities at EDF Energy, follow our Twitter careers page, or you can connect with us on LinkedIn.