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Chemistry Technician Degree Apprenticeship

Bridgwater, Somerset
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28 Feb 2022

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Join our Chemistry Technician Degree Apprenticeship and you can make an immediate impact, powering the nation today whilst helping to build a sustainable energy future for tomorrow.


“I decided to take up an Apprenticeship with EDF rather than go to University after school. I’m so glad I did, there’s nothing out there like it.”
Sam Turner, Apprentice


The Chemistry Technician Degree Apprenticeship Programme: 

We’re recruiting for apprentices to join our Chemistry Technician training programme, working as part of one of the most exciting projects at EDF: the construction of Hinkley Point C (HPC) power station in Somerset.


During the course of this four-year Degree Apprenticeship, you’ll learn from our industry-leading experts and gain valuable experience, whilst studying for a BSc Degree in Chemistry. You can expect on-the-job training and the kind of practical experience you simply can't get on campus. 

Throughout the apprenticeship you’ll train for our Chemistry Technician role, learning plant chemistry analytical skills and a range of plant chemistry safety knowledge and skills.  

Training, development and support for you: 

The Chemistry Technician Degree Apprenticeship course is primarily taught through tutor-supported online study, part-time over four years. 

You’ll also join EDF’s future operational HPC Chemistry team and get involved in all areas of plant chemistry, including plant sampling and analysis, plant chemical dosing and plant chemical safety. The HPC design includes many UK-unique chemistry design features, which provides you with a fantastic grounding for your future career.

A University coach and a workplace supervisor will support you in your work and studies, as you follow the Level 6 Laboratory Scientist Apprenticeship Standard, and develop the broad scientific knowledge, skills and behaviours required for a career in the chemical industry.   

At the end of the programme, you’ll be awarded a BSc (Hons) Chemical Science degree from Manchester Metropolitan University, as well as a Level 6 degree apprenticeship, to compliment your EDF training and experience.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing team and experience the first operation of the newest generation of nuclear power in the UK.  Within the chemistry team you’ll have opportunities for onward development, into roles such as a chemistry engineer and numerous other careers within EDF.

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 our Hinkley Point C site in Bridgwater, Somerset, and your time will be split between your workplace and Manchester Metropolitan University as needed.

What you’ll need to apply: 


  • You'll have a minimum of 104 UCAS points at A-level (grades BCC), with one being chemistry or an equivalent scientific discipline
  • GCSE Mathematics and English Language (grade A*-C / 9-4) or equivalent (or you can complete Level 2 Functional Skills qualifications alongside the apprenticeship).
  • You'll be self-motivated with a desire to learn and develop
  • 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


What salary and benefits are we offering you?


  • Starting salary of £18,624
  • 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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