Civil Engineering Degree Apprenticeship

Over five years, you’ll learn from industry experts, gain valuable experience on one of Europe’s largest construction projects – Hinkley Point C, all whilst studying for a Civil Engineering Site Management degree. Hinkley Point C (HPC) will be the first in a new generation of nuclear power stations in the UK and Sizewell C (SZC) will be the second of this generation to be built in the UK, following the construction of HPC.

What we’re looking for

• Three A-Levels (at Grade C or above), including Maths and a science subject or A-Level Maths and a relevant BTEC Extended Diploma (2010) or a relevant BTEC Extended Diploma (2016), dependent on the modules studied.  Full entry requirements can be viewed on the University of Exeter website here

• Ability to demonstrate enthusiasm for engineering in the nuclear industry.

• Clear ambition to develop a career within EDF Energy.

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

• Ability to manage  the responsibilities of both work and study.

Where we could take you

Once you’ve completed the apprenticeship, you’ll have a full BEng Civil Engineering Site Management degree from the University of Exeter, as well as 5 years of experience with EDF Energy. Alongside this, you’ll work towards gaining your IEng qualification with the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE).  That means you’ll be in the best possible position to continue your career by developing your 9 attributes that define the qualities of a professionally qualified civil engineer.

What’s in it for you?

• £17,335 a year (starting salary) with annual pay increases

• Travel cost reimbursement

• Generous pension scheme

• 25 days’ paid holiday

• Flexible benefits

• Support from an EDF Energy Mentor, Line Manager and Buddy throughout the apprenticeship


Over five years, you’ll study for a Civil Engineering Site Management degree whilst working on Hinkley Point C or Sizewell C power stations in roles such as construction, safety, environment and surveillance to name a few.

Whilst on the scheme, you’ll follow the Civil Engineering Site Management Apprentice Standard, which is a formal degree apprenticeship.

The majority of your tuition will fall within four, two-week residential periods, delivered by the University of Exeter. You’ll also study elements of the degree during time at work.  The residential periods will be structured around your modules and will include lectures, seminars and workshops. You’ll have one to one support from an academic mentor and during these periods will also get time to socialise with your peers.

During your time on the apprenticeship, you’ll take on tasks such as:

  • Assisting design teams with civil engineering solutions
  • Supervision of specialist contractors
  • Contributing to the control of health and safety on the project
  • Recording, control and reporting of progress on the project
  • Contributing to the minimisation of the environmental impact of the project
  • Controlling the quality of works on the project

As you progress through your apprenticeship you will gain more knowledge and experience. With this, you’ll be expected to:

  • Ensure that safe systems of work are in place on site and that all staff adhere to them
  • Translate design information to construction teams so they can construct the project effectively and efficiently
  • Manage the productivity on the site so that the project is completed on time
  • Ensure that the project is completed to the specification and quality needed by the client
  • Manage the activity on site in a way that adheres to cost and contract constraints
  • Ensure that the site has minimal negative impact on the environment and community
  • Manage interfaces between stakeholders associated with the project

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Applications for this scheme will be opening in October 2019 - visit us again then to apply!