Nuclear Apprentice Job of the Week - Nuclear Engineer Degree Apprentice - EDF Energy, UK

Updated: Dec 17, 2020

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Nuclear Mechanical Project Engineer

Recruiter: EDF Energy

Location: Multiple, GB

Employment Type: Permanent

Rate of Pay: £16,830

Compensation Data

  • As you learn and develop on the apprentice scheme, you’ll receive a salary which has the potential to grow as you gain more experience within the industry.

  • You will also receive travel and subsistence costs whilst undertaking studies at the National College for Nuclear.

  • 25 days’ annual leave and bank holidays.

  • Join the EDF Energy pension scheme and enjoy access to a wide range of flexible benefits.

Vacancy Overview

EDF Energy are big on supporting people as they set out on their career. Which is why you’ll spend four years learning from experts and as well as getting valuable experience, you’ll also study for a Bachelors Degree in Engineering (Honours). You can expect on-the-job training and the kind of practical experience you simply can't get on a university campus.

You’ll follow the Nuclear Engineer Degree Apprenticeship Standard and during your time with EDF, you’ll also be working towards attaining professional recognition and registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

With the support of EDF you’ll study your degree at the new National College for Nuclear, through Bridgwater & Taunton College situated in Somerset. The college provides first class training facilities and instructors allowing you to fully experience both the theoretical concepts and practical hands-on engineering.

Nature and Scope

During the apprenticeship you will be working within a team at the EDF offices in Barnwood, Gloucester, one of eight nuclear sites or for the first time, the Hinkley Point C site. Your time will be split between your EDF Energy workplace and the National College for Nuclear.

When completing your application, please state your preferred location in your CV or covering letter. There currently are opportunities in the following locations:

Boasting the UK’s only Pressurised Water Reactor, Sizewell B Power Station in Suffolk is recruiting two apprentices in 2018. Both positions fall within the EDF Engineering teams:

  • The Process Computing Group focuses on real time plant protection, plant control, display and alarm management systems. They maintain a wide variety of computing equipment from state of the art plant control systems right down to the latest commercial technologies including networks, operating systems and IT security. Their successful apprentice will have the opportunity to contribute to a wide range of engineering tasks including supporting the maintenance and development of the stations plant computing systems including, system health, failure analysis, investigating plant anomalies, new system design, software development and testing.

  • The Engineering Protection Team within the Engineering Maintenance Department focuses on all aspects of Engineering work, such as system maintenance, engineering change and working with the Maintenance Teams to improve maintenance instructions. The successful trainee will also have the opportunity to assist with plant inspections, design reviews and root cause analysis of plant defects.

  • Barnwood Office

The EDF Central Engineering Support Functions in Barnwood, Gloucester, are home to some of the brightest minds in the industry. They are recruiting one apprentice to work within this business area, where you will be supporting the safe operation of the EDF fleet of power stations in the UK.

  • The Control and Instrumentation (“C&I”) Systems Branch in the Central Technical Organisation provides lifecycle support, such as specification, design, development and safety case management as well as technical oversight to the EDF fleet of nuclear power stations on wide ranging C&I systems. These include Reactor Protection Systems and Process C&I systems of varying complexities. As well as engaging with a diverse range of suppliers, the successful candidate will have an opportunity to gain first-hand experience working on challenging yet exciting projects and will interact with various Engineering and support groups within CTO and across our fleet of nuclear power stations.

  • Hinkley Point C Project

Hinkley Point C is currently the largest construction site in Europe and is building a 3.2 Giga watt Power Station with 2 reactors. It will have 4000km of electrical cabling, 400km of pipework, and enough steel to build a railway from London to Rome. HPC will avoid 9 million tons of C02 emissions each year of its 60-year operation and will have the capacity to provide electricity to 6 million homes.

The HPC project we will offer over 25,000 opportunities including 1000 Apprenticeships. HPC are recruiting apprentices to join EDF client organisations to work within their engineering functions at either their Delivery Command Centre in Bristol and their Site Command Centre at HPC Site.

During your time on HPC you will work closely with EDF partner companies EDF Group and CGN along with interacting with various engineering and supply chain partners.

Principal Accountabilities

Year one: You’ll be in full time residential study at the National College for Nuclear completing a foundation year in engineering including both academic and hands on learning within a realistic training environment. You’ll also take part in an outward bound course with fellow EDF Energy apprentices; undertake foundation training courses and complete inductions and orientations at your EDF Energy base location. You’ll live in accommodation provided by Bridgwater & Taunton College and whilst you’re there EDF will cover agreed travel expenses from your home 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 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, EDF will make sure you manage your workload accordingly.

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications, Experience

  • 102 UCAS points - ideally this will consist of at least 3 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.

  • Be able to demonstrate enthusiasm for engineering in the nuclear industry

  • Show clear motivation to develop an a career within EDF Energy

  • Ability to engage people at all levels and work within a team

Get Into Nuclear

This is the type of opportunity gets us really excited at Get Into Nuclear. Excited and frustrated at the same time. Excited by the fact that this is a huge opportunity for anyone who has recently or is soon to be leaving college but frustrated by the fact that a lot of students are unaware of the opportunities out there for them.

Okay; so let's look at the six steps to get into nuclear:

#1 Know who you are: you are a school or college leaver who genuinely has a passion for engineering and meets the minimum grade requirements set out above. You are a confident, outgoing person who has a geniune passion for engineering in the nuclear industry and an aim to build a career with EDF Energy - and who wouldn't right?

#2 Know what you want: you are looking for an apprenticeship scheme role within engineering or IT. You live close-by or are willing to relocate to the above locations across the UK. You are driven and passionate about your future career in engineering within the UK Nuclear Industry - this will stand you apart as these roles are pretty much rocking horse droppings.

#3 Know the Business: EDF Energy operate nuclear, gas and coal power stations across the UK. They are also planning to build two new nuclear powers stations at Hinkley Point and Sizewell. EDF Energy are currently the only nuclear operator in the UK. The EDF website is a fountain of information and there are opportunities to visit their Visitor Centres.

#4 Know the Skills: regarding this role the skills, qualifications, experience and competencies are that of any similar role within any industry. Where the difference could be on the successful candidate is in the application itself with your passion of nuclear engineering coming through.

Immerse yourself in everything Nuclear, EDF and particularly apprenticeships. The below video is something to get you started.

#5 Know the people: This role is being recruited by the EDF energy which is such are large company it is worth doing a LinkedIn search to find out if you know anyone who works there - you never know. Additionally you can get in contact with members of the YGN and past apprentices who will be more than willing to provide a helping hand.

#6 Be known: if you feel that you are ready for the particular role, go for it!

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If this role is something that you would be keen to get into but need implement a little personal development in stage 4 above you may find our Nuclear Career Hub of use.

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