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Engineering at npower: What we offer

07/11 2016Posted by: npower Resourcing Team Subscribe to this blog


Aspiring young engineers looking to take their first steps in the industry will find plenty to like at npower and RWE. We have a range of power stations including coal, oil, biomass and gas-fired, and we need brilliant people to help maintain, operate and improve all these facilities and equipment. With a combined generation capacity of 11,000MW across our sites, we need great people to help keep everything up and running!

Graduates provide plenty of spark to our engineering department. Through RWE we offer a variety of different opportunities for young people looking to get into the industry, including a Graduate Scheme, Apprenticeship Scheme, Power Academy and Power Technician Scheme. Here’s what you need to know.

Graduate Scheme

The two-year Engineering Graduate Scheme sees graduates gain a solid understanding of the technical, practical and soft skills required to pursue a career in engineering. Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institution of Mechanical Engineering, the scheme provides mentoring alongside technical and practical skills training. Graduates will undertake a range of engineering placements with a view to eventually take up a role at an RWE site around the country. Training covers specialist technical skills courses, a CMI diploma in team leading, IOSH Managing Safely and environment and chemistry skills courses.

We’re currently recruiting graduates for this scheme, which has an application closing date of 17th January 2017. To apply, you’ll need a minimum 2.2 Bachelor's degree in an engineering related subject. Apply here.

Apprenticeship Scheme

The RWE Generation Apprenticeship Scheme is a four-year programme that gives young people the opportunity to eventually become a craftsperson at RWE’s Technical Services Centre or a power station. Apprentices may also have the chance to work towards a Higher National Certificate to further develop their career potential.

Participants in the programme work at RWE’s industry-leading Technical Services facility and power generation plants, with two of the four years dedicated to undertaking the National Certificate qualification while learning practical on-the-job skills. Following these two years, apprentices move on to work in specialist areas. To apply for this scheme you’ll need a minimum of 5 GCSEs A*-C including science, mathematics and English. Applications close on 20th March 2017.

Power Academy

The IET Power Academy is designed to give budding engineers valuable industry experience to complement their engineering degrees. As an important part of our entry programme’s recruitment strategy, it gives undergraduates a thorough understanding of the technical, practical and soft skills needed for their future engineering careers. The Power Academy is designed to prepare candidates for application to the RWE Generation UK graduate programme.

The scholarship programme is ideal for people studying for an IET accredited electrical, electronic or control systems degree or masters at any of the following universities: Loughborough, Southampton, Manchester, Imperial College London, Strathclyde, Cardiff, Bath, Queens (Belfast).

Power Technician Scheme

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Power Technician Scheme blends academic study with practical training to prepare candidates for a career as Power Generation Technicians. The four-year programme sees participants gain a Higher National Certificate in Engineering Operations, along with a range of other qualifications and courses, before choosing a specialist area of focus for the third and fourth years. These final two years see candidates based in power stations, supported by industry specialists and training staff. Following this scheme, successful participants can apply to be a Technician at an RWE power station.

Applications for the Power Academy close on 20th March 2017. To apply, you’ll need a National Certificate in an engineering subject OR 3 A-Levels with a mathematics and a science-based subject and 5 GCSEs at grade A* to C including mathematics, English and science.
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