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Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship Scheme

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Job Details

  • Four-year programme
  • EDF Energy, Flexible location
  • Closes 1st January 2018
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Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship

EDF Energy is a core part of the EDF Group, one of the largest energy companies in Europe with key business operations in the UK, France, Italy, Belgium and Poland. We are the UK’s leading generator and supplier of low carbon energy, producing around one-fifth of the nation’s electricity and employing more than 13,500 people. We operate nuclear, coal and gas power stations, wind farms, and combined heat & power plants. We have a focus on safe, dependable energy generation and an ethos of service excellence. We intend to play a leading role in new nuclear build in the UK and secure a bright future for the combined business and its employees.

Generating electricity is a huge responsibility, which is why we want experienced engineers to help us deliver this. From nuclear to coal, gas and renewables, our work extends to the full energy mix. The roles we offer within each of those areas are every bit as diverse. At EDF Energy, we’re on a journey to change the way people use energy for generations to come. Producing low carbon energy is one of the things we do best. And right now, our eight existing nuclear sites generate 9,000 megawatts per year through 15 reactors, avoiding emissions of over 40m tonnes of carbon dioxide. That’s the equivalent of taking about 60% of cars off our roads. Our thermal generation assets include our Cottam and West Burton stations. With almost 50 years of generation, our coal stations have an important role to play – together with our Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) and Gas Storage plants, supporting an affordable and secure supply of electricity as the UK transitions to a low carbon economy. Our plan now is to secure strategic flexibility and maximise the long-term value of thermal energy within the EDF Energy portfolio, which provides exciting operational and technical opportunities for the lifetime of these assets.

Our Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship Scheme is a four-year programme which focuses on the skills required to maintain our power stations. As well as the technical skills, we will also help you develop the attitudes and behaviours essential to the safe operation of our power stations. Upon completion, you’ll be awarded a Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Certificate, you’ll also have attained a BTEC Level 3, with the potential for further education such as a HNC.

The scheme itself starts with a comprehensive induction and a week-long outward bound course, where you’ll get to meet and spend time with your fellow apprentices. From there, you’ll move down to our Engineering Training Academy at the Royal Naval base, HMS Sultan near Portsmouth. As well as supporting your career development and providing you with plenty of interesting work to get involved in, we’ll give you all the tools and equipment you need, a competitive salary, 23 days’ annual holiday (increasing after the first two years) and a company pension. Plus, of course, there are the long-term prospects you can look forward to at EDF Energy. All kinds of possibilities will open up as your career with us unfolds. And whichever path you choose to follow further down the line, you can be sure your time on the apprenticeship will stand you in good stead. From following a technical route through engineering, or becoming one of our team leaders and managing a team of skilled professionals, the possibilities are endless.

Years 1&2: Based at HMS Sultan and HMS Collingwood Royal Naval bases, you’ll have access to excellent training facilities as part of our academic and workshop training programme. It’s here that you’ll get your introduction to engineering and develop those key skills. Towards the end of Year 1 you will be streamed into a specific discipline - Mechanical, Electrical or Control and Instrumentation. Years 3&4: You’ll return to your base location and join the Maintenance team at the power station you applied to around the UK. Here, you’ll work alongside and learn from fully qualified professionals, developing your knowledge and skills at the same time as completing your academic and vocational qualifications. You'll also have the support from a full time Station Apprentice Coordinator to offer guidance whilst you learn about working on a power station. Upon completion of your apprenticeship, you’ll be awarded a Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Certificate. By this point, you’ll also have gained a BTEC Level 3 as well as an excellent selection of practical skills. It’s everything you need to start your career and, if you excel, there may also be the option to progress onto further education such as a HNC. At the end of the four-year years, and as long as you fulfil all the requirements of the programme, we expect you to be appointed to a full time role within the organisation.

The apprenticeship programme lays the foundations of engineering using maths and science principles you gained at school. So to be considered, you’ll need five GCSEs at Grade C or above (or Grade 4 and above in the new GCSE grading structure), National 5 or equivalent, including Maths, English and 2 of either Science, Technical or Engineering subjects. You’ll also need a talent for practical subjects, a desire to learn and develop your skills and a willingness to relocate as required.

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