EDF ENERGY

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We're EDF Energy, the UK's largest producer of low-carbon electricity. Join us, and you'll play a part in our plans for a sustainable energy future.

About us

EDF Energy is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, meeting around one-fifth of the country’s demand and supplying millions of customers and businesses with electricity and gas. It generates electricity with eight nuclear power stations, more than 30 wind farms, one gas and two coal power stations, as well as with combined heat and power plants.

EDF Energy is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C. This will provide low carbon electricity to meet 7% of UK demand. The project is already making a positive impact on the local and national economy, British industry, as well as boosting skills and education. EDF Energy also invests in a range of low carbon technologies including renewables and battery storage. It is applying research and development expertise to improve the performance of existing generation and developing the potential of new technologies.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, the world’s biggest electricity generator. In the UK, the company employs around 13,000 people at locations across England and Scotland.

Sizewell B Power Station

EDF Energy operates the Sizewell B nuclear power station on the Suffolk coast. It is the UK’s only Pressurised Water Reactor and employs 520 full time EDF Energy employees plus over 250 full time contract partners.

We are also planning to build two new nuclear powers stations at Hinkley Point and Sizewell C - with two reactors located on land next to the current Sizewell B station.

Early Career Opportunities

After GCSEs

Whatever stage you're at, make your next step a big one. Gearing up for your GCSEs? Wondering what’s next when you finish your A Levels? Itching to experience the world of work while studying at university? Or weighing up your options when you finish your degree? Whatever the case, here at EDF Energy, you’ll find a variety of exciting and inspiring opportunities to find out more about the work we do and kick start your career in one of the most exhilarating industries around.

Apprenticeships and Degree Apprenticeships

Joining EDF Energy on one of our exciting apprenticeship programmes – Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship, Quantity Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship, Nuclear Engineer Degree Apprenticeship, NDT Engineer Apprenticeship, Project Controls Apprenticeship and Civil Engineering Apprenticeship – you’ll not only earn the skills you need to build a great career, you’ll become part of a better energy future too. 

Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship

Based first at the National College for Nuclear, Somerset, then one of our UK power stations, this is a brilliant way to start your career in engineering.  Develop skills, earn qualifications and get your career off to a flying start.

  • 5 GCSEs required at Grade 4 or above 
  • 4 year apprenticeship
What’s in it for you?
  • £11,200 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
  • Wellbeing and support services
  • Flexible benefits package

Find out more about the Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship on our website.

Project Controls Apprenticeship

This in-demand programme lets you work on two of our most exciting and ambitious projects, as you earn, learn, gain qualifications and pursue a long-term career.

  • GCSE Grade A-C in Maths, English and a Science or Technical subject

What’s in it for you?

  • Earn as you learn (£15,000 first-year basic pay which grows with experience)
  • EDF Energy benefits scheme
  • Study for the Level 3 Project Controls Technician standard
  • Work towards an industry-recognised qualification
  • Become a valued employee in an area where there is a national skills shortage
  • Continue developing your skills after you have completed your apprenticeship

Find out more about the Project Controls Apprenticeship on our website.

After A Levels

Civil Engineering Apprenticeship

Study for a Civil Engineering Site Management degree whilst working on some of Europe's largest construction projects, Hinkley Point C or Sizewell C power station in roles such as construction, safety, environment and surveillance.

  • Three A-Levels (at Grade C or above), including Maths and a science subject or A-Level Maths and a relevant BTEC Extended Diploma (2010) or a relevant BTEC Extended Diploma (2016), dependent on the modules studied.  

What’s in it for you?

  • £17,335 a year (starting salary) with annual pay increases
  • Travel cost reimbursement
  • Generous pension scheme
  • 25 days’ paid holiday
  • Flexible benefits
  • Support from an EDF Energy Mentor, Line Manager and Buddy throughout the apprenticeship

Find out more about the Civil Engineering Apprenticeship on our website.

Quantity Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship

The Quantity Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship will instil, all the qualities and skills required to kick-start your career as a commercial professional with EDF Energy or one of our Supply Chain partners working on the HPC or SZC projects.

  • A national certificate or diploma in a business, construction or engineering related programme with a merit profile OR a minimum of two A-Levels grade A to C
  • Four GCSE passes at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent), including maths and English

What’s in it for you?

  • Starting salary of £15,00 a year with annual pay increases
  • Help towards your travel costs
  • Generous pension scheme
  • 25 days’ paid holiday
  • Flexible benefits

Find out more about the Quantity Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship on our website.

Nuclear Engineer Degree Apprenticeship

Spend four years learning from experts, getting valuable experience all whilst studying for a Bachelors Degree in Engineering.

  • 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

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

Find out more about the Nuclear Engineer Degree Apprenticeship on our website.

Work Insight Programme

Through the Social Mobility Foundation's Aspiring Professionals Programme we're offering the opportunity to develop your employability skills and gain experience working at EDF Energy.

If you’re currently in Year 12, have an interest in science or business and would like to get a real insight into the world of energy, our Work Insight Programme will be perfect for you. Over two years, you’ll be given the opportunity to spend time at EDF Energy and gain an insight into different careers and opportunities available to you.

See if you’ve got what it takes to shape the future of energy.

  • Up to 5 GCSE A grades required
  • Predicted at least ABB at A Level

Find out more about the Work Insight Programme on our website.

Undergraduates, Graduates and Postgraduates

EDF Energy are on a mission to create a sustainable energy future. Whether you join us on a Nuclear Science, Engineering or Commercial graduate programme, or as an EDF Energy postgraduate, you can expect real responsibility, rewarding challenges and the chance to make a difference from day one. 

Applications are encouraged as early as possible to maximise your chances of securing a place.

Internships and Industrial Placements 

Internships

An internship is an excellent opportunity to get an insight into life at EDF Energy. Whether you join us on a Science & Engineering internship or a Commercial internship, you’ll learn through hands-on experience and sound mentorship, giving you all the support and resources you need to get a taste for life in the energy industry. And, at the end of your placement, you’ll know if a place on one of our graduate programmes is something you would like to pursue.

To apply, you should be working towards a degree in a relevant subject to the business area. You’ll also have strong communication skills, an eagerness to learn and the ability to work well as part of a team.

Find out more about the Internship Programme on our website.

Industrial Placements

Get an invaluable insight into life at EDF Energy and what it’s like to work in the energy industry with a paid 12-month industrial placement. Working here, you’ll gain practical work experience relevant to your degree and professional skills that will set you up for after uni.

To apply, you should be working towards a degree in a relevant subject to the business area. You’ll also have strong communication skills, an eagerness to learn and the ability to work well as part of a team.

Find out more about the Industrial Placement Programme on our website.

Engineering Graduate Programme

For engineering or science students who want to become experts in nuclear power, this is a great way to start. 16 months of intensive training will give you a solid grounding in various aspects of the operation of nuclear power plants. You’ll spend time working in one of our power stations or at our East Kilbride, Barnwood or Bridgewater House locations, learn from some of the world’s leading nuclear power specialists, and begin your journey towards chartered status. And, after 16 months’ training, you should be ready to take on a permanent role.

Commercial Graduate Programme

Our Commercial graduate programmes introduce bright business minds to exciting opportunities at EDF Energy across a series of rotations, giving you the insight and experience you need to start a rewarding commercial energy career.

Postgraduates

Join EDF Energy on one of our exciting postgraduate programmes and you’ll not only earn the skills you need to build a great career – you’ll become part of a better energy future too.

Find out more about these opportunities on our website.

Looking to the future

In just a few years - during the early 2020s - many of the UK's power stations are expected to close. If they are not replaced, there might not be enough electricity supply to meet the demands of houses and businesses.

To provide a secure energy supply for the future, the UK needs a diverse and balanced energy mix. Nuclear power stations make an important contribution to this mix, as they reliably generate low-carbon electricity. Nuclear power is the most affordable large-scale, low-carbon energy source currently available to the UK.

We are committed to helping secure the UK’s energy future by investing in an energy mix that balances the needs of low-carbon emissions, security of supply, and affordability. We own and operate eight of the UK's ten existing nuclear power stations, and are building a new one at Hinkley Point C in Somerset. In addition, we are jointly developing other new build proposals with China General Nuclear Power Corporation, with EDF Energy leading on Sizewell C in Suffolk, and CGN leading on Bradwell B in Essex.

What is Sizewell C?

  • Sizewell C is a proposed new nuclear power station that would be built to the north of Sizewell B on the Suffolk coast.
  • It would have two reactors, known as UK EPRs, capable of generating enough electricity to supply around five million homes.
  • Following the preparation of the site for construction, Sizewell C would take seven to nine years to build.
  • Some temporary associated developments such as park and ride sites and an accommodation campus in the local area would be needed during the construction of Sizewell C.
  • Sizewell C would generate electricity for 60 years. It would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for low carbon, secure and affordable energy.

Find out more about Sizewell C on our website. 

We want local people to have the best opportunity to gain employment and skills from the potential development of a new nuclear power station at Sizewell. At the peak of construction about 5,600 people are likely to be employed on the Sizewell C site, with about 900 staff required to run the power station during its 60-year operational life.

We will work in partnership with local schools, colleges, training providers, councils and central government to help develop education programmes and skills required to support the construction of Sizewell C.

EDF Energy's plans to invest in this multi-billion pound project in Suffolk will be subject to securing planning consent from the government and extensive public consultation.

As part of its procurement strategy for Sizewell C, EDF Energy has partnered with the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce to identify and support local businesses that want to become part of the supply chain. The Chamber is the first point of contact for business and agencies wishing to engage in the construction of this proposed nuclear new build project. This website forms the central resource for all Suffolk businesses who wish to make the most of the opportunities arising out of the development.

The potential project would offer a large scope of opportunity for businesses across East Anglia. Businesses of all types, sectors and sizes are welcome to register on the portal. Butchers, bakers and control rod makers – 80% of nuclear is non-nuclear.

Take a look at the Sizewell C website.

What is Bradwell B?

China General Nuclear Power Corporation and EDF are also at the pre-planning stage of developing a new nuclear power station at Bradwell-on-Sea in Essex.

Long-term industrial partners CGN and EDF Energy are together intending to develop a new nuclear power station at Bradwell-on-Sea, Maldon in Essex. CGN and EDF Energy are currently in the process of carrying out technical assessment work in order to inform their emerging proposals.

In the future CGN and EDF Energy will be conducting extensive consultation with various stakeholders – including the local community, local authorities, and statutory consultees – as the plans are progressed.

Take a look at the Bradwell website.

Find out more

For further information on EDF and the opportunities we could offer you, please use the links provided on our website and follow us here on icanbea for the latest news and updates.

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