It’s time to start something amazing. If you’re looking to be part of a better energy future, this apprenticeship will give you the skills, confidence and qualifications to join our industry’s next generation.
Our Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship Scheme is a four-year programme which focuses on the skills required to maintain nuclear power stations as well as the attitudes and behaviours essential to the safe operation of our plants. Upon completion, you’ll be awarded an Advanced Modern Apprenticeship Certificate in Engineering, and you’ll also have attained a BTEC and an NVQ Level 3, with the option to progress onto HNC.
The programme runs for four years, the first two of which are based at the Royal Naval base at HMS Sultan near Portsmouth, Hampshire. 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.
This scheme is now closed and will reopen for applications on 1 November 2014.
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We’re looking for people with at least five GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C or above in Maths, English and at least two science subjects. You’ll also need a talent for practical subjects and have a real desire to learn and develop your skills.
After my apprenticeship, there are many opportunities available for me there are many routes I can follow to develop my career, including further education.
Amy Marchment, 1st Year Engineering Maintenance Apprentice
At the end of your apprenticeship the doors will open to the larger organisation. If you want to progress up the career ladder, you can take on people management responsibilities and develop into a maintenance team leader. Or you can choose the technical route and take your first steps towards becoming an engineer. And it doesn’t stop there. Both routes have masses of potential for you to branch out into different parts of the business. So you could become a manager at one of our Nuclear New Build sites, or one of the engineers helping to develop new technology. With hard work, there really are no limits to how far you can go – not just within EDF Energy, but within the worldwide EDF Group.
This apprenticeship will see you spend a total of four years at two very different locations. The first two years will be spent gaining a solid grounding at HMS Sultan, and the final two will see you complete your training at one of our power stations as part of the Maintenance team.
Before you head down to the south coast, you’ll have a week of team building in the Lake District, which will allow you to get to know the other apprentices and meet the new people you’ll be sharing accommodation with. Whilst at HMS Sultan, you’ll get support from a dedicated development team and a 24-hour residential care team. You’ll also have access to a wide range of leisure facilities that offer a fantastic opportunity to experience a variety of sport activities. And if sport isn’t your thing, we have an apprentice band that regularly meet and practice, plus plenty of spaces to study, relax and unwind in the evening and at the weekends. What's more, you'll also be transported to and from your base location every four to six weeks for an extended weekend of leave.
You’ll also find a full-time EDF Energy Apprentice Manager on hand to deal with any day-to-day issues and support you throughout your first two years of training. All meals and accommodation are provided during this time, along with a number of paid journeys home.
HinkleyPoint B, Somerset
Dungeness B, Kent
Sizewell B, Suffolk
Torness, East Lothian
Hunterston B, North Ayrshire
Heysham 1 & 2, Lancashire
Based at HMS Sultan, a Royal Naval base, you’ll have access to excellent training facilities as part of our academic and workshop training programme. It’s here that you’ll get your introduction to engineering and develop those key skills. Towards the end of Year 1 you will be streamed into a specific discipline - Mechanical, Electrical or Control and Instrumentation.
You’ll return to your base location and join the Maintenance team at the nuclear power station you applied to around the UK. Here, you’ll work alongside and learn from fully qualified professionals, developing your knowledge and skills at the same time as completing your academic and vocational qualifications. You'll also have the support from a full time Station Apprentice Coordinator to offer guidance whilst you learn about working on a nuclear power station.
Upon completion of your apprenticeship, you’ll be awarded an Advanced Modern Apprenticeship Certificate of Engineering. By this point, you’ll also have gained an ONC equivalent BTEC Level 3 and an NVQ Level 3 as well as an excellent selection of practical skills. It’s everything you need to start your career and, if you excel, there may also be the option to progress onto an HNC.
At the end of the four-year programme, we expect you to be appointed to a Maintenance Technician role at your base power station. And while this will be subject to you completing the scheme to a satisfactory level, we know you have it in you to succeed.
Meet some of our first and second year apprentices and their teachers at HMS Sultan.
Hear some of our recent apprentices talk about their experiences and what they’ve learned over their four years.
Some of our first and second year apprentices and their teachers describe what it's like to be based away from home at HMS Sultan near Portsmouth.
As you learn and develop on the apprentice scheme, you’ll be taking home a salary which has the potential to grow as you gain more experience. Basic pay will range from approximately £9,865 in the first year and will increase each year up to approximately £18,623 by year four. In your first two years at HMS Sultan, we’ll also pay for your accommodation and meals, as well as a number of paid return journeys home.
You’ll receive plenty of holidays too – 23 days, plus bank holidays. And you’ll enjoy an impressive range of company benefits, just like the rest of the team.
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Our recruitment process is designed to make sure that you're right for us and we're right for you. If you’re successful in joining us, you'll be on the path to a rewarding career that offers the chance to be part of the UK's energy future. Here’s how to get started.
When you apply online you’ll be asked to upload your CV and answer some questions related to your skills and experience. Be sure to take the time to fill these out thoroughly.
Your application will be carefully reviewed by the EDF Energy team. We’ll take into account your educational qualifications, skills and experience, and we’ll let you know you whether or not you’ll be progressing to the next stage of the process as soon as possible.
If we like the look of your application, you’ll be invited to undertake some assessments at one of our offices. You’ll be told the outcome of your tests within 14 days.
If you’re successful in passing the testing phase, we’ll invite you back for a face-to-face interview and assessment session. Here, you’ll meet people from the business and be asked about your motivation for undertaking an apprenticeship as well as your educational and work experience.
After this final stage, we’ll let you know whether or not we’re offering you a position. We’ll try to do this within three weeks of your interview.
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