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Maintenance Operations Engineering Technician Apprentice EDF

The Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship Scheme four-year programme that focuses on the hands-on skills required to maintain our power stations. During the programme, you will specialise to work in either the Mechanical and Heavy Electrical team, or the Light Electrical and Control & Instrumentation team.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 25 Feb 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £12,072.00

  • Working week

    Core business hours, Monday to Friday, shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Expected duration

    48 months

  • Possible start date

    05 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    16 Dec 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced
    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number

    VAC001802025

  • Positions

    6 available

The Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship Scheme four-year programme that focuses on the hands-on skills required to maintain our power stations. During the programme, you will specialise to work in either the Mechanical and Heavy Electrical team, or the Light Electrical and Control & Instrumentation team. You’ll undergo training in academic and workshop environments to ensure you gain an excellent introduction to engineering and develop a strong skills foundation. Part of this programme also covers the development of life skills, like confidence and communication.

As well as the technical side, we’ll help you develop the attitudes and behaviours essential to the safe operation of our power stations. 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 there may also be the option to progress onto further education such as an HNC.

This is a four-year apprenticeship.

In years one and two you will be based at the National College for Nuclear Southern Hub, Somerset. You’ll have access to state-of-the-art training facilities including a virtual reality environment, a reactor simulator, computer-equipped training room, recreation and coloration spaces, sports facilities and student accommodation. It is here you’ll get your introduction to engineering and develop those key skills. Towards the end of year one you will streamed into a specific discipline – Mechanical, Control or Instrumentation.

In years Three and Four, you’ll be based at our Sizewell B power station in Suffolk to complete your training before moving back to Hinkley Point C Power Station. 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.

Where you'll be based:

Before you head down to the National College for Nuclear, you’ll have a week of team building, which will allow you to get to know the other apprentices and meet the people you’ll be living and working with. The National College for Nuclear is designed for the needs of today’s students. As well as state of the art training technology, there’s a fully equipped restaurant area and communal spaces, including sports facilities. All meals and accommodation are provided during this time, along with a number of paid journeys home. In years three and four, you’ll be based at Sizewell B in Suffolk. For more information follow the webpage link provided.

As part of the apprenticeship the following are provided:

  • Accommodation and meal costs covered in your first two years if you do not live locally
  • A number of paid return journeys home
  • 25 days’ paid holiday
  • Wellbeing and support services
  • Flexible benefits package

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good timekeeping skills

Personal qualities

  • A talent and passion for practical subjects and activities
  • You'll have the ability to work in a team and independently, as well as being able to balance the responsibilities of study and work
  • You'll also be able to engage people at all levels, with good communication skills.
  • Desire to learn and develop your skills
  • Willingness to relocate as required
  • Genuine interest in engineering
  • Enthusiastic
  • Attention to detail
  • Progressive attitude

Desired qualifications

5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalemnt) including maths, English and two science or technical subjects.

Future prospects

At the end of your apprenticeship, you will have the skills needed to maintain the power plant’s systems, structures, and components.

If you want to progress your career, you could take on people management responsibilities and develop into a maintenance team leader.

Or you could also choose to pursue a technical route and take your first steps towards becoming an engineer.

Things to consider

For the first two years you will be located at the National College for Nuclear Somerset.


About the employer

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 and Belgium. We're the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain, the largest supplier to British businesses and we employ more than 13,000 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 are playing a leading role in new nuclear build in the UK to secure a bright future for the combined business and its employees. Our apprenticeships offer fantastic insight into the energy sector and provide a great platform to kick start your career in one of the most interesting industries around. If you’re interested in engineering, technical schemes or the opportunity to develop your commercial skills, our diverse range of apprenticeships will equip you with the specialist and people skills to succeed, all provided via a planned programme of learning leading to industry recognised qualifications. We offer apprenticeship opportunities across the UK with a number of our schemes giving you the chance to live away from home at one of our training facilities, or by taking up placements at multiple sites. We’ll support you with this and while you are learning we will pay you a competitive salary, with generous holiday and a great benefits package. EDF Energy are a company committed to equality and we’re proud to be one of the few organisations in the UK to gain the National Equality Standard, the country’s most comprehensive assessment of diversity & inclusion.

Employer

EDF

Address

EDF Hinkley Point Power Station

Nr Bridgwater

TA5 1UD

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Training

Training provider

Bridgwater & Taunton College

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Bridgwater & Taunton College

Level 3 Maintenance Operations Engineering Technician apprenticeship standard, which includes:

  • Level 3 BTEC Diploma Engineering
  • Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations (PEO)
  • Skills Portfolio
  • Life Skills
  • EDF Energy Employer Specific Training Content

Apprenticeship standard

Maintenance and operations engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)


Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 25 Feb 2022