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Employment Type:  Full Time
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Salary:  Starting salary of 30,000 with excellent benefits

Gloucester, GB

Career Area:  Early Careers

Design Engineering Graduate

A career that will deliver change. Together, we can help Britain achieve net zero.


Are you looking for an opportunity to live and work in France?


Whether you are a recent graduate or a career changer; join our Instrumentation and Control (I&C) focussed 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 Engedal, Design Engineering Graduate


What is the I&C 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. The instrumentation and control systems are the brains behind the power station and critical to ensure safe reliable operations.

Our 18-month programme offers the chance to experience placements across our nuclear new build programme. These opportunities will include working on Software and Hardware based Reactor Protection Systems, Plant computing systems, Process Automation and Control Systems etc.

The systems are designed and built in France and Germany. During the graduate programme, you will have an opportunity to learn about these systems while working in EDF’s offices in the Bristol or Gloucester area for an initial period of 6 months followed by a 12-month placement in France embedded within the I&C design organisation (Edvance) or our supplier (Framatome). On your return to the UK you will be part of the HPC I&C site integrated team or the Technical Client Organisation taking ownership of the I&C systems and implementing modifications to them to enable commissioning and start-up of the power station.

This is a really exciting time to be joining the team with the opportunity to work within a fast-paced project environment. With the opportunity to get hands on carrying out commissioning activities, or developing the procedures and safety cases necessary to underpin safe, reliable operation, you could find yourself working with a number of different teams including Commissioning, Pre Operations or Engineering. The work you do will be key in transforming Hinkley Point C from a complex construction project to an operating nuclear power station.

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.

You’ll contribute to different projects throughout the programme, which may include:


  • Work on I&C systems;
  • Supporting design reviews; 
  • Factory acceptance testing in France;
  • Site acceptance testing; 
  • Commissioning testing; 
  • Trouble shooting and performing software modification when systems arrive at HPC site in UK

Following an induction with graduates from all of our schemes at our state of the art facility, Cannington Court (Somerset) in September 2023, you’ll spend the first 6 months of the scheme working in the South West, where you will spend time at our design office in Bristol, our offices in Gloucester and the Somerset Energy Innovation Centre, Bridgwater.  The final 12 months of your programme will be spent in France. 

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 I&C engineering working in the Site Integrated Team until HPC is commissioned or within the Technical Client Organisation.   In the longer term you could move on to become one of the I&C 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 SZC 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: 

Locations on scheme will include Aztec West (Bristol), Gloucester, the Somerset Energy Innovation Centre, Bridgwater, and France.

To get the most from our training during the programme you’ll be moving around our sites to experience our diverse business.  We’ll be on hand with practical and financial support when you relocate. We offer a great work/life balance to support people’s personal lives whilst giving them the opportunity to network an learn.

What you’ll need to apply: 


  • 2:2 Bachelor’s Degree or a 2:2 Postgraduate Degree (obtained or expected) in Electrical, Electronics, Control Instrumentation, Maths, Physics, Automation or Software Engineering (Note: For this role you will need to have an aptitude and interest in 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
  • Keen to solve technical problems
  • Able to work well as part of a team and shows collaborative behaviours


We use a strengths-based selection process so that you can show us what you enjoy, as well as what you’re good at, because we believe that our individual strengths are at the heart of engagement and motivation to succeed and perform whilst at work. You’ll find tips and advice about the application process and assessment centre dates on our Graduate web pages.

Pay, benefits and culture:


  • Starting salary of £30,000, with regular pay reviews
  • Relocation support in the UK and France
  • Support towards your personal and professional development including chartership
  • Daily French tuition for the 6 months you are in the UK
  • 25 days’ annual leave
  • Option to buy/ sell annual leave
  • Market-leading pension scheme
  • Annual performance bonus
  • 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.


If you’re passionate about tackling climate change, our Design & Engineering Graduate programme offers you the opportunity to develop an exciting career whilst helping progress the UK towards a Net Zero future.


Join us. Together, we’ll help Britain achieve net zero.

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