A career that will deliver change. Together, we’ll help Britain achieve Net Zero.  

Closing date: 12th June 2023 

Assessment centre date: 18th July 2023


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 Engedal, 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.


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 at our state of the art facility, Cannington Court (Somerset) in September 2023, 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 www.edfenergy.com/careers/graduates 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), the Somerset Energy Innovation Centre, Bridgwater, and France.


To get the most from our training during the programme you’ll be moving around our EDF offices  and site 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 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
  • Keen to solve technical problems
  • Able to work well as part of a team and shows collaborative behaviours


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. 

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 £35,000, 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 9 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.

Why EDF? 

Joining EDF means joining a company with a clear purpose to create a more sustainable energy future. We’re leading the charge for electric driving, investing in new carbon-cutting tech and innovating with Smart home technology; building Britain’s low carbon network and our nation’s low carbon economy. Together we’re helping Britain achieve Net Zero.

Join us and together we can help Britain achieve Net Zero.

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