Join us and help Britain achieve net zero
At EDF we're proud to be the UK's largest producer of low-carbon electricity. We believe that, together, we can create a cleaner, low-carbon future.
We welcome applicants from a variety of backgrounds and experience. You could be completing your GCSEs, A Levels or degree; starting your career journey following school, college or university. You could be returning to work after a career break or looking to change career or industry sector.
Wherever you are in your journey, here at EDF, you’ll find a variety of exciting and inspiring opportunities to join our Graduate, Apprenticeship, Industrial Placement or Intern schemes.
We believe that generating and supplying electricity isn’t just about power, it’s about the power to transform lives and futures. Come join our Generation, Renewables, Nuclear Development, Customers or Corporate business areas and be part of the energy for change.
Click on the links below to discover more about our training programmes and apply. We're EDF, 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.
Sizewell B Power Station
EDF 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.
Early Career Opportunities
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, 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.
Get paid to build skills, earn qualifications and set the foundation for an incredible career building the future of Europe’s energy industry. With EDF you can complete an apprenticeship after GCSEs or after A-Levels and you could even gain a Degree. Get your career off to an electric start.
Joining EDF on one of our exciting apprenticeship programmes you’ll not only earn the skills you need to build a great career, you’ll become a pioneer of a better, more sustainable future for our planet.
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.
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.
- 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
Please note that the closing date for applications is 6th January 2021.
Find out more about the Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship on our website.
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
- Ability to demonstrate enthusiasm for engineering in the nuclear industry
- Clear ambition to develop an a career within EDF
- Ability to engage people at all levels and work within a team
What’s in it for you?
EDF is on a mission to create a sustainable energy future and help Britain achieve net zero carbon emissions. Whether you join us on a Nuclear Science, Engineering or Commercial graduate programme, or as an EDF postgraduate, you can expect real responsibility, rewarding challenges and the chance to make a difference from day one.
Our 2021 Graduate Training Programmes will open for applications until 26th October 2020. Applications are encouraged as early as possible to maximise your chances of securing a place.
Get an invaluable insight into life at EDF 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 university.
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.
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.
Prepare for your future with Young SZC
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.
Are you aged 16-21 and living in Suffolk or Norfolk?
Young SZC is a way you can keep up to date about Sizewell C nuclear power station and hear about the career opportunities it could offer. Plans for Sizewell C still have to be approved but we are keen to show you what a career with our project could look like.
We are also working with our partners in the region to help create opportunities for young people even before construction at Sizewell C gets underway.
Not sure what you want to do yet – or what you’re good at? No problem – we’ll help you identify your skills and become the best version of yourself.
Whether you’re still at school or college, in or out of the workplace, we want to help you fast-track your future.
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We’ll make sure you’re the first to hear about upcoming events and opportunities at Sizewell C. We’ll share useful tips and advice – on things like putting together your CV or identifying what you’re good at.
And, over time, we’ll be able to offer exclusive access to events, such as skills taster days, so you can work out what you enjoy doing and find out how to get a career doing this at SZC.
Take a look at the Sizewell C website.
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