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

Join our Science and Engineering Graduate programme and you can make an immediate impact, powering the nation today whilst helping to build a sustainable energy future for tomorrow.

What is the Science and Engineering Graduate Scheme?


Our 15-month programme offers the chance to experience placements across our nuclear generation and nuclear new build sites.  These opportunities could include working on:


  • Hinkley Point C, the largest construction project in Europe;
  • Sizewell C, our second nuclear new build project and will further support the growth of the future low carbon economy and reduce the need for imported generation;
  • An existing operating power station, getting the chance to experience different areas within this like Technical and Safety, Operations and Engineering.


On this programme you’ll learn from our experts, gain valuable experience, build your confidence and have the support of an assignment manager, mentor and buddy throughout the programme. 

Previous graduates have gone on to become; Technical Managers, Senior Leaders and Heads of Function.


Training, development and support for you:


We’re passionate about your development and we offer each graduate a tailored training plan, relevant to your discipline, to develop your skills, build your confidence, knowledge and experience.


You’ll contribute to different projects throughout the programme and examples of work our recent graduates have completed includes:


  • Preparing a fire strategy for buildings at our power stations
  • Working in the Fuel Route, Outage and Investment Delivery team
  • Understanding of the preparations for operating HPC​ when complete
  • Working on site at a power station, supporting graphite inspections​ 


Our Science and Engineering Programme also includes protected training time for courses covering EPR (European Pressurised Reactor) systems, communications and health & safety.


Our scheme is accredited with a number of professional institutions and we’ll support you to gain chartership with the relevant professional body:


  • Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)
  • Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)
  • Institute of Physics (IoP)
  • The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)
  • The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
  • Institute for Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA)
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)


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 could include: Bristol, HPC Site (Bridgwater), Barnwood (Gloucester), London (Sizewell C project), or on stations in Heysham, Hartlepool, Torness, Hunterston, Hinkley Point B (Bridgwater), Aztec West or Sizewell B (Suffolk).


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 and learn. At the end of the programme you will be based at Heysham 2 Power Station.


What you’ll need to apply:


  • 2:1 Bachelor’s Degree or a 2:2 Postgraduate Degree (obtained or expected) in either Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Environmental, Nuclear Safety, Maths or Physics. 
  • A genuine interest in nuclear energy, the power generation industry and technology
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and organisational skills
  • Keen to solve technical problems
  • Works well to deadlines in a time critical environment
  • 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 £35,000
  • 28 days’ 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 Science & Engineering Graduate programme offers you the opportunity to develop an exciting career whilst helping progress the UK towards a Net Zero future.

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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