Nuclear Engineering Degree Apprenticeship at EDF Energy

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Nuclear Engineering Degree Apprenticeship

At EDF Energy our Nuclear Engineering Degree Apprenticeship will support you to play an important role in the vital and once-in-a-lifetime project to construct Hinkley Point C. The first new nuclear power station to be built in Britain in a generation. During the four year programme you’ll learn from experts, gaining valuable experience, while studying towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering. You can expect on-the-job training gaining practical experience you simply can't get on campus. On the scheme you'll follow the Level 6 Nuclear Scientist Nuclear Engineer Apprentice Standard.

Training and development

Year one: You’ll be in full time residential study at the National College for Nuclear (staying there is optional dependent on your current residence), completing a foundation year in engineering including both academic and hands on learning within a realistic training environment. You’ll undertake foundation training courses and complete inductions and orientations at your EDF Energy base 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 specialising in your chosen field 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.

Where you'll be based

During the apprenticeship you will be working within a team at the following Hinkley Point C locations: Bristol, Aztec West (North Bristol) or on site in Bridgwater. Your time will be split between your EDF Energy workplace and the National College for Nuclear (southern hub).

Hinkley Point C is the largest construction site in Europe, Hinkley Point C will be home to a 3.2 gigawatt power station with two reactors. During your time on HPC you will work closely with our partner companies EDF Group and CGN along with interacting with various engineering and supply chain partners.
What we’re looking for

  • 102 UCAS points - ideally three 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
  • Ability to demonstrate enthusiasm for engineering in the nuclear industry
  • Clear ambition to develop an a career within EDF Energy
  • Ability to engage people at all levels and work within a team

Where we could take you

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. The future is yours for the taking!

What’s in it for you?

  • 17,335 a year with annual pay increases£
  • Pension scheme
  • 25 days’ paid holiday
  • Wellbeing and support services
  • Flexible benefits package

About EDF Energy

EDF Energy is a core part of the EDF Group, one of the largest energy companies in Europe with key business operations in the UK, France, Italy and Belgium. We're the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain, the largest supplier to British businesses and we employ more than 13,000 people. We operate nuclear, coal and gas power stations, wind farms, and combined heat & power plants. We have a focus on safe, dependable energy generation and an ethos of service excellence. We are playing a leading role in new nuclear build in the UK to secure a bright future for the combined business and its employees.

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