If you are a recent engineering or material science and metallurgy graduate, you dream of a career in a top player in the energy industry but probably aren’t sure about your next step towards your dream. Graduate programs are one of the best avenues for graduates to gain entry into their fields of interest. EDF Energy has a very competitive program that’s admired by young job seekers all over Europe. Material science and metallurgy students should apply for the Engineering and Science graduate program.
Engineering and Science Graduate program at EDF Energy: Overview
The 16-month program is planned in such a way that trainees build their knowledge about the entire operation of EDF Energy’s Generation and Nuclear New Build business. By the end of the program, you are expected to know how everything works together and as such, activities span across locations and departments. The program is also aimed at supporting your professional and personal development through mentoring and attendance of different professional events.
During the first three months, you will be based at your home location though you’ll attend occasional training sessions at the Gloucester training center. Basically, this period is meant to provide graduates with an extensive exposure to the company’s people, culture, and functions. For the next eight months, you will rotate around the Central Technical Organisation, Station Engineering, Operations, Maintenance and Technical, and Safety functions. All through the rotations, your line manager, a technical mentor and a recent graduate of the program will be there to support your learning and development of skills.
The final 5 months are spent at the graduate’s home location. Once the graduates return, they have gained some substantive skills and they can find ease working in their chosen area of operation. During the final month, there’s increased involvement in real-life projects as the graduate is being prepared for the permanent role awaiting him/her upon completion of the program.
Prospective participants are required to have a 2.1 Bachelor’s or Masters in Engineering or a 2.2 Bachelor’s with a postgraduate qualification in Material Science and Metallurgy or a related subject. Since the graduate will be required to relocate several times during the program, the applicant should be flexible in this sense. There is a total of six attachments throughout the graduate program and the graduate is supposed to take them in at least three different locations. The duration of each attachment ranges from six weeks to two months.
Most importantly, the graduate should have a genuine interest to learn and gain skills in EDF Energy composites and Metallurgy operations.
Benefits of joining the graduate program
EDF Energy offers a starting salary of £27,500 but the salary is reviewed annually according to the qualification level. There is a £2,000 lump sum payment to help graduates during relocations. Besides the basic salary, good performance attracts bonuses which boost the earnings. Participants are also given a chance to join EDF Energy’s pension scheme and are given a 25 days’ annual leave.
The high-quality training and experience obtained through the program is not only helpful when one shifts to a permanent position but also for attaining the IoM3 charter. Since the program is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, the graduates know that they are on the right path towards the attainment of the Chartered Material Science and Metallurgy Engineer status.
As a graduate trainee at EDF Energy, you will also be attending leadership training that includes how to become a STEM Ambassador. You will attend various STEM events and should inspire younger students to become material scientists and metallurgists.
Career progress after the graduate program
There are many areas on which you can focus your career progress. One year after completing the program you can work as a Structural Integrity Engineer at EDF Energy’s Central Engineering Support Centre, a Quality Control Engineer, or an EDF Energy composites Engineer in any of their branches in the UK or other parts of Europe. As you continue gaining experience and professional qualifications, you will be fit to take up more advanced roles, supervisory responsibilities or even be in management. By the time you have more than 5 years of experience after completion of the graduate program, you should already have gained the IoM3 charter.
Online applications for the EDF Energy graduate program are open in September and interested applicants are advised to apply the earliest time possible. An enormous number of applications is received and applications are reviewed in the order of how they are received. If you’d like to learn more, you can contact them here.