EDF Energy

Civil Engineering Graduate Scheme

If you are passionate about Civil Engineering and have an interest in nuclear energy, look no further than our Civil Engineer Graduate Scheme where you will be exposed to our Nuclear New Build and Generation business areas as you complete various assignments during the 16-month programme. By the end of it, you will be ready to embark on a range of uniquely rewarding civil engineer careers in Nuclear Developments and will be well on the way to chartership with the Institution of Civil Engineering (“ICE").

There is no better time to join the scheme as progress is made on Hinkley Point C, the largest construction project in Europe, and plans to develop a second project at Sizewell C have commenced. We want to share this exciting journey with you as you start your life-long career with EDF Energy shaping the energy industry of the future.

Following a week-long induction with graduates from all of our schemes at our state of the art facility, Cannington Court (Somerset) in September 2019, you will spend the first 3 months of the scheme working on Hinkley Point C (“HPC”) or Sizewell C (“SZC”) related projects in the South West or South East where you could spend time in the Site Construction, Engineering or Technical based teams or even at our responsible designers office. We want to develop you and ensure you have the right skills to do the role required of you so this time will be interspersed with periods of residential training at our training centre in Gloucester. The next 8 months of your programme will be spent rotating around some of our existing sites across the UK allowing you to see how our different departments in the Central Technical Organisation and Power Stations collaborate. During the rotations you could find yourself spending time with the Central Technical Organisation, Station Engineering, Operations, Maintenance and Technical & Safety functions. You won’t be on your own though, you will have the support of your line manager, a recent graduate buddy and a qualified Civil Engineer technical mentor throughout the scheme. Our Young Professionals (“YP”) Network will also welcome you to their network where they provide an effective platform to learn, lead and connect. It is a good opportunity for you to knowledge share with fellow graduates and trainees from our other Early Careers schemes.

The final 5 months of the programme will be spent working on HPC or SZC projects, gaining more experience and developing your skills as you prepare to interview for a permanent role to transition into at the end of the scheme in January 2021. The roles will be identified once on scheme and could include positions within Site Construction, Engineering, Technical, Programme or working in our Design office.

We are passionate about your development during the graduate scheme and you will have a tailored training path that will help develop your skills, knowledge and behaviours both during the scheme and in your future career. We place a particular focus on your technical development, with a range of learning interventions ranging from nuclear fundamentals, system appreciations through to nuclear safety. You will also undertake key behavioural development programmes considering areas such as presentation skills and business communications. You’ll be given time to invest in your development with the expectation that you will commit to both the training and implementing your learning post course back into the business. You will have the chance to learn from others and build networks that will help you moving forward in your careers.

As part of your wider leadership training, you’ll be trained as a STEM Ambassador which will allow you to inspire our future generation of engineers at STEM events nationwide. To get the most from our training during the programme you’ll need to be flexible about your location and prepared to move from one location to another, as assignments rotate you could find yourself at any of our sites across the UK.

Within one year of completion of the programme you will be applying the skills and knowledge you have gained as you build your career in civil engineering as a Civil Engineer, Construction Delivery Manager or Field Engineer. After 2 years you should be ready to move into a more technically advanced role and possibly take on some supervisory responsibilities. Five years from completing the programme you could be a technical specialist or manager and be able to apply your experience in numerous areas of EDF Group at home or abroad, not to mention being well on your way to becoming an ICE chartered engineer.

All we ask is that you have obtained or are predicted to achieve minimum 2:1 Bachelor’s Degree or a 2:2 Postgraduate Degree in Civil, Structural or Construction Engineering or an associated subject; have a genuine interest in nuclear energy and a desire to learn and develop your skills during and after the scheme; together with excellent communication, interpersonal and organisational skills and flexibility to relocate.

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