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Chemistry Apprentice 2023

Job Category:  Apprenticeship
Contract Partner Company:  Jobs Service
Employing Company:  EDF

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Chemistry Apprentice 2023


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

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 Energy rather than go to University after school. I’m so glad I did, there’s nothing out there like it.” 

Sam Turner, Apprentice 

What is the Chemistry Technician Degree Apprenticeship Programme:  

During the course of this 5-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.  

You will become experienced in operating within a chemistry department, and learn about nuclear power plant chemistry.  As well as learning about systems associated with chemistry controls, experience will also be gained on chemical safety, technical governance, Discharge Standards, quality assurance, training schemes, confined spaces and Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS).  

Training, development and support for you:  

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

Across the five years, your time will be split between your studies and on the job learning at your EDF location. You will learn predominantly online, either by joining in with live lectures where possible, or by engaging with recorded lectures and content. There will be a need to attend an intensive laboratory week in some years of the programme. In the final year, you will need to complete a work based dissertation project, for which they will need to dedicate 1 day per week in the lab. 

As well as time to study support, you’ll also enjoy plenty of opportunities to get involved in meaningful and challenging work once your studies are underway. You’ll have to put a lot of work in to manage your studies and your day-to-day duties but as you’ll be on block release from work when you’re studying, we can make sure we manage your workload accordingly. 

Once you’ve completed the scheme, you’ll have both academic qualifications and years of experience within EDF; that means you’ll be in the best possible position to continue your career. The future is yours for the taking! 

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

Where you’ll work:  

During the apprenticeship you will be working within the Chemistry team at Sizewell B Power Station. Your time will be split between your EDF workplace and Greenwich University. 

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 
  • An appropriate BTEC National award (90+ credits). 
  • A recognised Access to Science course. 
  • Other relevant qualifications, if accepted by your employer, including progression from an appropriate Level 3 apprenticeship programme. 
  • Relevant experience, including experience gained from voluntary activities. 
  • GCSE in English (language or literature) and maths at grade 4/C, or equivalent qualifications. 

What salary and benefits are we offering you? 


  • Salary of £19,276 plus excellent benefits  
  • 25 days’ annual leave 
  • Flexible benefits package 
  • Wellbeing and support services 

Why EDF?  

At EDF, everyone’s welcome. We strive to create an inclusive and diverse environment where everyone has a voice and where you feel confident being yourself.  We’re committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.  We’d like our future workforce to have an equal gender balance, represent a broad mix of people from minority ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQ+, those with a disability and supporting social mobility.    

We’re a disability confident employer and we’ll do all we can to help with your application, making adjustments as you need.    

We’ll value the difference you bring and offer opportunities for you to thrive and succeed.   

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. 

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



For this role you must have evidence of right to work in the UK. As a project, we do not discriminate on the grounds of age, gender, race, colour, religion, disability or sexual orientation, and we welcome applications from all sections of the community.