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Employment Type:  Full Time
Employment Period: 
Salary:  Salary of £35,000 plus excellent benefits

Bristol, GB None, GB Bridgwater, GB

Career Area:  Early Careers

Graduate Design Engineer Edvance


A career that will deliver change. Together, we’ll help Britain achieve Net Zero.  
Are you looking to fast track the start of your career in nuclear engineering, and have the amazing opportunity to live and work in France for 9 months?
Whether you are a recent graduate or a career changer; join our Design Engineering Graduate programme and you can make an immediate impact, powering the nation today whilst helping to build a sustainable energy future for tomorrow and be part of UK nuclear new build programme.
“I was attracted to the variety that the Design Engineering Graduate scheme has to offer. Working in different parts of the company gives me a clear overview of how EDF’s new nuclear projects are organised, as well as what areas I might want to specialise in after the scheme. I’ve also learned French and worked in France, which has been an invaluable personal and professional experience for me.” Alfred, Design Engineering Graduate


What is the Design Engineering Graduate Scheme?

Hinkley Point C will be the largest and most complex nuclear power station ever constructed generating some 7% of the UK’s electricity carbon free.


During our Design Engineering Graduate Scheme, you’ll be exposed to our Nuclear New Build business areas as you complete various assignments during the 18-month programme. By the end of it, you’ll be ready to embark on a range of uniquely rewarding Design Engineer careers in Nuclear Development and will be well on the way to Chartership within your discipline area.


After getting an insight into how we operate in the UK you will then follow a 9-month placement in France embedded within the design organisation (Edvance) or our supplier (Framatome). On your return to the UK you will be part of the HPC team or the new EPR Engineering Business.
This is a really exciting time to be joining the team with the opportunity to work within a fast-paced project environment. The work you do will be key in transforming Hinkley Point C from a complex construction project to an operating nuclear power station.



 Pay, benefits and culture:


  • Starting salary of £35,000, market-leading pension scheme and annual performance bonus
  • Relocation support in the UK and France
  • Support towards your personal and professional development including chartership
  • Daily French tuition for the 9 months you are in the UK
  • 25 days’ annual leave
  • Flexible benefits package
  • Wellbeing, physical and mental health support services

At EDF, everyone’s welcome. We strive to create an inclusive and diverse environment where everyone has a voice and where you feel confident being yourself. We’re committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. We’d like our future workforce to have an equal gender balance, represent a broad mix of people from minority ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQ+, those with a disability and supporting social mobility.
We’re a disability confident employer and we’ll do all we can to help with your application, making adjustments as you need.
We’ll value the difference you bring and offer opportunities for you to thrive and succeed.



Training, Development and support for you:

We’re passionate about your development and offer a tailored training path that will help develop your skills, knowledge and behaviours, both during the scheme and in your future career.


Following an induction with graduates from all of our schemes, you’ll spend the first 9 months of the scheme working in the South West, where you will spend time at our design office in Bristol.
The final 9 months of your programme will be spent in France but don’t worry, we are committed to helping you with the move and transition to France with support from our dedicated International Mobility team.  During the first 6 months we will also provide you with the opportunity to learn French, to support and equip you going on your French placement. 
Within one year of completion of the programme you’ll be applying the skills and knowledge you have gained as you build your career in engineering.  In the longer term you could move on to become one of the Engineers working on the operational site, or one of the design engineers responsible for providing advice and guidance from the technical centre. Or perhaps you’ll move on to Sizewell C to support that project as it progresses and be able to apply your experience in numerous areas of EDF Group, not to mention being well on your way to becoming a Chartered Engineer.


The world really is your oyster when it comes to growing your technical, leadership and personal capabilities.
Head to for more information about the scheme structure, our culture and Graduate life at EDF.


Where you’ll work:

Get ready for an incredible training experience! Throughout the programme, you’ll have the chance to explore a variety of our sites, immersing yourself in the diversity of our business. Locations on scheme will include Aztec West (Bristol), the Somerset Energy Innovation Centre, Bridgwater, and France.

We value work-life balance and understand the importance of personal lives, which is why we offer a supportive environment that allows you to thrive both personally and professionally. With ample opportunities to network and learn, this journey promises to be one you'll cherish.



To join our team you’ll need:


  • 2:2 Bachelor’s Degree or a 2:2 Postgraduate Degree (obtained or expected) in any subject relating to Engineering. We’re also open to Electronics, Control Instrumentation, Maths, Physics or Software Engineering. 
  • Interest to learn French language
  • Open to relocate to France as part of the programme
  • A genuine interest in nuclear energy
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and organisational skills
  • To be appointed to this role, you will need to meet the criteria for Security Vetting which will, ordinarily, require you to have been a resident of the UK for at least 3 of the last 5 years.

For this role, you will need to have and hold security clearance. To satisfy the minimum requirements you will have been a legal UK resident for a minimum of 5 years.


Our selection process is designed to bring out the best in you! We use a strengths-based approach to let you shine and showcase your skills and what truly brings you joy. We believe that embracing our individual strengths lies at the heart of engagement and the motivation to succeed and excel at work. We’re here to guide you and you’ll find helpful tips and advice about the application process and assessment centre dates on our graduate web pages.

The closing date for applications is Friday 29th September. We advise you to apply as early as possible.


Together we’re helping Britain achieve Net Zero.

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