A world of opportunities

Every year young adults make one of the biggest decisions of their life – what to do after school/college and university. Students are faced with many options during this process – which can be overwhelming. 

You want your child to have the best possible start in their career following their education, and so do we. We have a range of schemes available for post GCSE and A-level (or equivalent) students, as well as graduate and undergraduate schemes.

Following completion of our schemes we have a wide range of opportunities for our trainees; and encourage them to continually learn and develop throughout their career. Many senior leaders within our business started their careers with us via the apprentice and graduate route.

Zero harm

Zero Harm is an enduring priority for us. This ambition means making sure our workplaces are safe and healthy for everyone: our employees and anyone working on our behalf.

We take a rigorous approach to risk and have introduced innovative programmes. For example, we start every meeting by discussing our Daily Safety Message. We are now industry-leading when it comes to our safety performance. Many of our sites go long periods without a recordable safety incident.


Our Apprentice schemes run from 54 weeks to 5 years, providing qualifications ranging from HNC to Bachelor’s Degree. We understand the value of an excellent education, but also ensure that our apprentices gain plenty of hands-on experience while also earning a competitive salary.

To prepare our Apprentices for their career, we invite them to join their peers on an ‘outward bound’ week at the start of their scheme.

Previous apprentices have used this week to build lasting friendships and develop skills that they can call on throughout their careers.

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Undergraduate schemes

We offer 3-6 month paid internships as well as 12-month industrial placements. These all give undergraduates the opportunity to put their learning into practice, as well as develop their skills and knowledge. The majority of students who complete these placements with us apply to our Graduate schemes, or automatically be invited to one of our Graduate assessment centres to be considered for a position at the end of their placement.

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Engineering & science and commercial graduate schemes

With 15 schemes available, we can offer careers across a wide variety of disciplines. Our schemes range from 1-3 years in duration, and come with a generous salary package. Many of our graduates will also have the opportunity to study towards professional qualifications as part of their graduate scheme. For example our Finance Graduate Scheme allows trainees the opportunity to study towards their CIMA qualification, and our R&D Development Scheme offers Graduates hands-on experience whilst studying towards a Masters qualification part time.

Our trainees' wellbeing

Tailored to suit the needs of our specific schemes; our trainees receive support from mentors, line managers, careers managers and/or apprentice co-ordinators. We also have on-site occupational health services and a confidential employee helpline.

 All health and wellbeing programmes are promoted via a Health and Wellbeing Hub on MyCampus, our employee e-learning platform. Our intranet, Pulse, carries health and wellbeing-related news and encouragement.

Diversity & inclusion

We’re about the people who work with us – celebrating their diversities and capturing the value that their differences bring.

Our attitude towards diversity is reinforced by our various employee networks – Women’s Network, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Supporters Network, Disability and Carers Network, BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) Network, Working Parents’ Network and our most recent addition, the Forces Support Network. Our employee networks create a real sense of community and a workforce who feel that their opinions are valued.

Community programmes

Through our Helping Hands volunteering programme, our employees can spend two days of company time each year supporting local community and environmental projects.

By donating their time and energy, employees build relationships with community groups and charities, as well as contributing to projects that support the delivery of our sustainability strategy.

Every 3 years we partner with a charity to sponsor and raise money for over a 3-year period. Activities can range from on-site raffles, tombola’s, cake sale to employees doing sponsored walks, cycles and even skydives!

EDF Energy’s Early Careers Team are here to help with any questions you may have about this process, and while this page should answer the most frequently asked questions, please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like more information: yourfuture@edfenergy.com