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Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician Apprenticeship

Dunbar, East Lothian
£12,495 plus excellent benefits
Closing date
3 Feb 2023

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Energy & Utilities
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24 months+

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Together, we can help Britain achieve net zero. Join our Level 3 Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician Apprenticeship and you can make an immediate impact, powering the nation today whilst helping to build a sustainable energy future for tomorrow. 

The reason for choosing this apprenticeship was because I enjoy being hands on and have an interest in the nuclear industry.  My time staying away from home is one of the highlights, as it’s given me some freedom and taught me a lot of life skills. It also gives you the chance to make new friends and experience things you wouldn’t normally. I have found the chance to get back onto site and experience the power station really valuable. This has given me the chance to put what I have learnt into context and to have an insight into station life. 

Emily Arnold, Apprentice 

The Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Programme:  

We’re recruiting for apprentices to join our Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician training programme.

During your apprenticeship you’ll be looking to make an impact – using your skills, knowledge and passion to achieve great things. So how about taking on the challenge of beating climate change? 

We’re offering a four-year programme that focuses on the hands-on skills required to maintain our power stations.  During the scheme, you’ll develop specialist skills to work in either the Mechanical and Heavy Electrical team, or the Light Electrical and Control & Instrumentation team.   

Training, development and support for you:  

In the first two years of the programme you’ll be based at the National College for Nuclear, delivered through Bridgwater and Taunton College, Somerset.  

You’ll have access to state-of-the-art nuclear training facilities including a virtual reality environment, a reactor simulator, computer-equipped training rooms, recreation and collaboration spaces, sports facilities and student accommodation.  It’s here that you’ll get your introduction to engineering and develop a strong skills foundation. 

As well as the technical side, we’ll help you develop the behaviours essential to the safe operation of our power stations. Part of this programme also covers the development of life skills, like confidence and communication. 

During your final two years you’ll be based at one of our EDF locations to complete your training. You’ll work alongside and learn from qualified professionals, developing your knowledge and skills at the same time as completing your academic and vocational qualifications. 

You'll also have the support of a 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 (MOET) 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. 

In the future, 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. 

Head to our Careers website for more information about the scheme and Apprentice life at EDF. 

Where you’ll work:  

You’ll be based at the National College for Nuclear Southern Hub in Somerset, for the first two years, and we can provide you with accommodation here if you do not live locally.  You’ll then be based at one of our power stations; HPC, Sizewell B, Torness, Heysham 2, Hartlepool, Heysham 1 and Dungeness. 

What you’ll need to apply:  

  • 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 two science or technical subjects 

  • 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 

  • Desire to learn and develop your skills 

  • Willingness to relocate as required 

What salary and benefits are we offering you? 

  • Salary of £12,495 plus excellent benefits

  • Accommodation and meal costs covered in your first two years if you do not live locally to Bridgwater, including a number of paid return journeys home 

  • 25 days’ annual leave 

  • Flexible benefits package 

  • Wellbeing and support services 

Why EDF?

If you’re passionate about tackling climate change, our Apprenticeship programme offers you the opportunity to develop an exciting career whilst helping progress the UK towards a Net Zero future. 

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. 

At EDF, everyone’s welcome. We strive to create an inclusive environment where everyone has a voice and where they can feel confident being themselves. We’ll value the difference you bring and give you opportunities to thrive and succeed.  

We’re an equal opportunity and disability confident employer. If you meet the minimum criteria for a role, share with us if you have a disability and we’ll guarantee you an interview.  

Join us. Together, we’ll help Britain achieve net zero. 


At EDF we’re proud to be the only company in Britain already generating low carbon electricity from wind, nuclear and solar. A low carbon mix to power the nation, whatever the weather.

We’re working together to champion a low carbon lifestyle and collaborate widely in our search for innovations to achieve more. 

From apprenticeships to scientists, engineers to analysts, our career opportunities are as diverse as our business. Many of our people move around our company as they progress their career within our six UK business areas:

  • Customers: We’re proud to serve more than 5 million British residential and business customers, and our aim to be the best at solving customers’ needs. We offer innovative solutions such as smart meters, smart heating, electric cars and charging points, to make it easy for our customers save energy, save carbon and save money. 
  • Generation: To provide a secure energy supply for the future, the UK needs a diverse and balanced energy mix.  Our existing eight nuclear power stations make an important contribution to this mix, as they reliably generate low-carbon electricity and offer the most affordable large-scale, low-carbon energy source currently available to the UK. 
  • Nuclear Development: As part of our commitment to help secure the UK’s energy future, we’re building a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C in Somerset, as well as jointly developing other new build proposals with our partners in the East of England: Sizewell C in Suffolk and Bradwell B in Essex.
  • Renewables: EDF Renewables UK, a joint venture between EDF Energy and EDF Renouvelables, develops, builds, operates and maintains wind farms and other renewable technologies such as battery and solar throughout their lifetime. 
  • Corporate and Steering Functions: Legal, Supply Chain, HR, IT, Strategy and Corporate Affairs... Our corporate community is a vital part of who we are at EDF and how we’ll achieve our vision to help Britain achieve net zero. 
  • Training Programmes: Our range of training programmes offer something for everyone, regardless of where you are in your career. Find out more about our graduate scheme, apprenticeships, placements and PhDs on our website.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including a competitive pension scheme, a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle, and the opportunity to earn bonus. 

At EDF, everyone’s welcome. It’s a powerful statement of our intent to make sure we’re about the people who work with us – a rich and unique mix of backgrounds and experiences that’s vital to shaping a strong and fresh-thinking organisation like ours. Whoever you are and wherever you come from, we’ll embrace the difference you bring and give you opportunities to thrive and succeed.

A career that will deliver change. Together, we’ll help Britain achieve net zero.

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