Career Area: Early Careers
Join our Radiation Protection Technician Apprenticeship and you can make an immediate impact, powering the nation today whilst helping to build a sustainable energy future for tomorrow.
What is a Radiation Protection Technician?
A Radiation Protection Technician, also known as a Health Physics Monitor, helps to protect people and the environment from the adverse effects of ionising radiation and contamination by providing radiation monitoring services.
You will provide safety-related advice to operators by taking radiation and contamination measurements using specialist equipment, interpreting the results, and applying them to real-life scenarios. You will need to be comfortable working with numbers and completing mental calculations as you will not always have access to a calculator. This role is critical to ensuring safe operations in nuclear facilities and requires a high level of attention to detail, quality and accuracy in recording and interpreting measurements. You will need to have a positive attitude to health, safety and quality.
What is the Radiation Protection Technician Apprenticeship Programme:
During the course of this 2-year Apprenticeship, you’ll learn from our industry-leading experts and gain valuable experience, whilst studying for Level 2 qualifications in Radiation Protection. You can expect on-the-job training and the kind of practical experience you simply can't get in a classroom.
You will be fulfilling a key role in protecting people and the environment by becoming experienced in hands-on radiation protection, and how it’s used in a nuclear power plant. You will learn how to measure radiation which cannot be seen, smelled, or felt. You will become familiar with the systems making up the first nuclear power station to be built in a generation.
As you gain experience, you will need to wear personal protective equipment for a significant proportion of the working day, including respiratory protective equipment. In this role, you will be required to work outside in all weather conditions, at heights, in small spaces and in nuclear facilities with ionising radiation.
Training, development and support for you:
The Radiation Protection Technician Apprenticeship course is primarily taught through on-the-job training over a two-year period, with some of that time spent doing classroom-based or online learning.
Across the two years, you will complete placements and gain hands-on experience across various nuclear sites in the UK. As you progress through the scheme you will develop your own portfolio of experiences, demonstrating what you have learnt along the way. Within the last six months of your apprenticeship, you will undertake an assessment by an independently appointed organisation, where you will be expected to clearly demonstrate your capability to perform as a Radiation Protection Technician.
Once you’ve completed the scheme, you’ll have both qualifications and 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 www.edfenergy.com/careers for more information about the scheme and Apprentice life at EDF.
Where you’ll work:
During the apprenticeship, you will be working with Radiation Protection teams at Hinkley Point C and across the power station fleet. Your time will be split between your EDF workplace and Bridgwater and Taunton College. There may be a requirement to undertake secondments or work in other locations.
What you’ll need to apply:
You'll have a minimum of 3 GCSEs Grade 4 (Grade C) in Mathematics, English and a Science or engineering subject.
Functional Skills Level 2 will also be considered equivalent to GCSE Grade 4 (Grade C). Other equivalent qualifications may be considered.
Candidates will be required to achieve appropriate security and medical clearances; these will be instigated upon receiving a conditional offer of employment.
Minimum age of 18 by 1st September 2023 due to legal obligations
What salary and benefits are we offering you?
Salary of £16,027 plus excellent benefits
25 days’ annual leave
Flexible benefits package
Wellbeing and support services
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 support 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.