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Employment Type: 
Employment Period:  Fixed Term
Salary:  £17335

Multiple, GB

Career Area:  Engineering

2019 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 one of the largest infrastructure projects in Europe. Sizewell C (SZC) will be the second of this generation to be built in the UK, following the construction of HPC.




Over five years, you’ll study for a Civil Engineering Site Management degree whilst working on Hinkley Point C power station 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 working on Hinkley Point C, 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


We also have one opportunity working on our Sizewell C project.  This still includes study at the University of Exeter and your attachments whilst on the scheme will be at HPC and also working on Sizewell C.  So you will need to be based in the South West for the duration of the apprenticeship but once you have completed the scheme, the first substantive role would be working on Sizewell C based in the Suffolk/South East area. If you wish to be considered for this role, please select this from the option on the application form.


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
  • Help towards travel costs
  • Generous pension scheme
  • 25 days’ paid holiday
  • Flexible benefits
  • Support from an EDF Energy Mentor, Line Manager and Buddy throughout the apprenticeship

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