Engineering Maintenance Level 3 Apprenticeship at EDF Energy
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Engineering Maintenance Level 3 Apprenticeship
Build the foundations for an incredible career with our Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship programme. Be part of our next generation of talent on our apprenticeship offering the opportunity for you to gain the skills, qualifications and confidence to kick start your career.
The Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship Scheme is a four-year programme that focuses on skills required to maintain our power stations. As well as the technical side, we’ll help you develop the attitudes and behaviours essential to the safe operation of our power stations. Upon completion, you’ll be awarded a Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Certificate, you’ll also have attained a BTEC Level 3, with the potential for further education such as a HNC. The programme runs for four years, the first two of which are based at the National College for Nuclear, delivered through Bridgwater and Taunton College, Somerset. During this time you’ll undergo training in academic and workshop environments to ensure you gain an excellent introduction to engineering and develop a strong skills foundation. Part of this programme also covers the development of life skills, like confidence and communication.
Training and development
Years One and Two: Based at the National College for Nuclear Southern Hub, Somerset, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art nuclear training facilities including: a virtual reality environment; a reactor simulator; computer-equipped training rooms; recreation and collaboration spaces; sports facilities and student accommodation. It’s here that you’ll get your introduction to engineering and develop those key skills. Towards the end of Year 1 you will be streamed into a specific discipline - Mechanical, Electrical or Control and Instrumentation.
Years Three and Four: You’ll return to your base location and join the Maintenance team at the power station you applied to around the UK. Here, you’ll work alongside and learn from fully qualified professionals, developing your knowledge and skills at the same time as completing your academic and vocational qualifications. You'll also have the support from a full time Station Apprentice Coordinator to offer guidance whilst you learn about working on a power station.
Upon completion of your apprenticeship, you’ll be awarded a Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Certificate. By this point, you’ll also have gained a BTEC Level 3 as well as an excellent selection of practical skills. It’s everything you need to start your career and, if you excel, there may also be the option to progress onto further education such as a HNC.
At the end of the four years, and as long as you fulfil all the requirements of the programme, we expect you to be appointed to a full time role within the organisation.
Where you'll be based
Before you head down to the National College for Nuclear you’ll have a week of team building, which will allow you to get to know the other apprentices and meet the people you’ll be living and working with. The National College for Nuclear is designed for the needs of today’s students. As well as state of the art training technology, there’s a fully equipped restaurant area and communal spaces, including sports facilities. All meals and accommodation are provided during this time, along with a number of paid journeys home.
In years three and four you’ll be based at one of our power stations in Suffolk, Kent, Scotland or Lancashire.
What we’re looking for
- Five GCSEs at Grade C or above (or Grade 4 and above in the new GCSE grading structure), National 5 or equivalent, including maths, English and two science or technical subjects
- You’ll also need a talent for practical subjects
- Desire to learn and develop your skills
- Willingness to relocate as required
Where we could take you
At the end of your apprenticeship the doors will open to the larger organisation. If you want to progress up the career ladder you can take on people management responsibilities and develop into a maintenance team leader, or you can choose the technical route and take your first steps towards becoming an engineer. With hard work, there really are no limits to how far you can go and not just within EDF Energy, but within the worldwide EDF Group.
What’s in it for you?
- £11,236 a year with annual pay increases
- Accommodation and meal costs covered in your first two years
- A number of paid return journeys home
- Pension scheme
- 25 days’ paid holiday
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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