EDF Energy is the UK's largest producer of low-carbon electricity.
“At EDF Energy, we want to be a different kind of energy company – one that everyone can feel better about.“
- Vincent de Rivaz CBE, Chief Executive of EDF Energy
Sizewell Nuclear Power
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 aiming to build a new power station - Sizewell C - with two reactors located on land next to the current Sizewell B station.
What else do we do?
EDF Energy is one of the largest energy companies in the UK, supplying around 5 million residential and business accounts with electricity or gas. We produce around one-fifth (20%) of the nation’s electricity and that makes us the largest supplier by volume - something we’re really proud of.
EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, a leading global electricity company which began investing in the UK in 1998. Today, EDF Energy employs over 13,500 people across the UK - from Torness in Scotland right down to Exeter in Southern England.
We produce more low-carbon electricity than any other generator in the UK and this comes from our nuclear power stations and wind farms. We also own a number of coal and gas power stations, as well as what’s known as ‘combined’ heat and power plants.
Within EDF Energy there are two separate businesses: one that produces electricity, called a generation business, and one that buys gas and electricity from the wholesale market to sell onto our customers. We call this our customer supply business.
The generation business operates the power stations that produce electricity. This goes directly into the National Grid to be transmitted throughout the UK.
The gas infrastructure works in a similar way using pipelines. However, EDF Energy doesn’t actually produce gas; we buy it from the wholesale market to supply to our customers.
Work for us
Empowering our people to be a force for good involves us creating an inclusive working environment. One where people can perform at their best and receive the skills and opportunities to achieve great things not only at work, but also in the communities which we serve. We are building the skills for the future and to do just that, we need a culture of inclusion where we can all fulfill our ambitions.
Find out more about Life at EDF Energy on our website
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.
Work Insight Programme
We've partnered with the Social Mobility Foundation, a charity which aims to make a practical improvement in social mobility for young people from low-income backgrounds. Through the Social Mobility Foundation's Aspiring Professionals Programme we're offering the opportunity to gain experience working at EDF Energy on our Work Insight Programme.
- 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.
Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship
Based first at HMS Sultan, then one of our eight UK power stations, this is a brilliant way to start your career in engineering. You’ll get a unique insight into what it takes to run and maintain a nuclear power station, develop a wide range of technical skills as well as gaining an Advanced Modern Apprenticeship Certificate in Engineering, a BTEC and NVQ Level 3, with the potential for further education.
- 5 GCSEs required
- 4 year apprenticeship
Find out more about the Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship on our website.
Smart Metering Apprenticeship
A fantastic opportunity, based either in the South East or South West of England, to qualify as a Metering Engineer. As well as benefiting from valuable on-the-job training, you’ll gain recognised NVQ Level 3 and City & Guilds Technical qualifications. All of which will help you prepare for a bright future ahead.
- 5 GCSEs required
- 54 week apprenticeship
- Valid driving licence required
Find out more about the Smart Metering Apprenticeship on our website.
Generating electricity is a huge responsibility, which is why we want experienced engineers to help us deliver this. From nuclear power stations to coal, gas and renewables, our work extends to the full energy mix. The roles we offer within each of those areas are every bit as diverse.
In addition to a competitive salary, generous holiday allowance and annual company bonus when targets are met, we offer our employees a flexible benefits package, allowing you to select a combination of benefits that appeal most to you when you join EDF Engineering.
Nuclear New Build
At EDF Energy, we have big plans to build the first new nuclear power stations in a generation. As part of the team, you’ll join us on our journey to create a better energy future.
Producing low carbon electricity is what we do best. Right now, our eight existing nuclear sites have the capacity to generate 9,000 megawatts per year, and they need the support of engineers as dedicated as you.
EDF Energy’s thermal generation assets are hugely important, which is why we’re revitalising them with help of experienced engineers like you.
Wind, solar, tidal, wave and biomass – our renewable energy operations provide low carbon electricity to customers all over the UK. Help us shape the way we use energy for generations to come.
B2B Energy Services
B2B Energy Services helps all of our business customers be more sustainable, focusing on everything from social responsibility to environmental impact. From analysis to consultancy, find out how you can help our customers optimise their energy usage.
Find out all about the requirements and benefits of EDF Engineering on our website
Early Career Opportunities - After A Levels
Based at our central engineering support centre near Gloucester, this programme brings together live work with supported study towards an NVQ Level 3 and BTEC Level 3 in Business Administration.
- 3 A Levels required or equivalent
- 2 year apprenticeship
With a balance of practical, hands-on training, distance learning and on-the-job coaching, this UK-wide programme supports your study towards an HNC in Chemistry.
- A Level Chemistry required
- 2 year training scheme
Find out more about all our post A Level opportunities on our website.
Undergraduates, Graduates and Postgraduates
Undergraduate Industrial Placements
An exciting opportunity to experience firsthand the work we do at EDF Energy, in a role that’s directly related to the degree you’re studying at university. Across the UK, there are numerous options available in business, science and engineering disciplines. All of which offer a valuable insight into our business and the energy sector as a whole.
Over the course of the schemes, our UK-wide internships offer a deep understanding of our organisation and the industry we operate in. That experience, together with the skills you’ll develop while you’re with us will prove invaluable when you’re back at university. And who knows? When you graduate, it could determine your next move.
Just as we’re investing heavily in a sustainable energy future, we’re also investing heavily in the people who’ll make it happen. With that in mind, we now offer graduate schemes in a wide range of business, science and engineering disciplines – each offering the chance to develop quickly through a combination of formal professional and on-the-job learning. The structure and content of these schemes varies according to the individual discipline. But they all feature personally tailored, individual development plans and formal rotations to give you the broadest view of our business. On many, you can also expect to gain a professional qualification.
EDF Energy has an R&D centre in the UK with around 50 researchers in situ. The centre is an integral part of the EDF Group R&D network and works across the whole value chain of electricity; successfully leading on millions of pounds worth of international projects. It is a centre of expertise for the group benefiting from the UK's strong experience in a number of topics including Offshore Wind, Intermittency or Smart Grids and works across all EDF Energy specialisms including Nuclear, CCS, Energy Efficiency, Smart Meters, Electric Vehicles and Digital Futures.
Find out more about these opportunities on our website.
Looking to the future
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.
We already run successful apprenticeship and graduate schemes, which will be expanded to provide skilled staff for Sizewell. More information on early career opportunities can be found at http://www.edfenergy.com/careers.
Many of the skills required during the construction would be transferable, opening up the opportunity for future employment once Sizewell C has been built.
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 our Sizewell C Education & Skills Initiatives.
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
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