Trainee PWR Operations Instructor

Company Information
Company Name: 
EDF Energy
Vacancy Information
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Vacancy Overview

EDF Energy Nuclear Skills Alliance (NSA) will provide a range of technical training programmes and courses to support the compliance and continual improvement of our existing PWR and AGR fleet, as well as the development and delivery of new programmes to support the commissioning and operation of the EPR reactor at Hinkley Point C (HPC) and future UK reactor designs.

To do this, we need talented and highly motivated people with a flair for science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) to join our growing team of instructors located in Barnwood and the South West.

Successful candidates will undergo a long and intensive reactor operator training programme in pressurised water reactor technology and operations as well as advanced simulator instructor techniques - covering everything from nuclear fundamentals and human performance to abnormal operations on full plant simulators.  The initial training will in part be based in the Nuclear Power Academy (NPA) at our Gloucester headquarters, as well as a number of months at our existing Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR) station in Sizewell B, Suffolk, where in depth plant specific knowledge will be developed and assessed.

On completion of the training, the newly certified PWR operations instructors will prepare and deliver training in reactor systems, technology and operations to facilitate the growth of systems and operations expertise across the business.  Newly certified instructors will be expected to embed their learning by delivering operator training in the NPA and other locations for 3-5 years, during which time they may be offered further opportunities to broaden their skill set through additional training in EPR and other reactor specific technology.

At the end of this time, candidates will be well versed in PWR/EPR reactor operations and will have developed strong leadership qualities through delivering training and mentoring/coaching students - ideally positioning those with potential, to take up future opportunities for a senior operational role on one of our stations or at our headquarters if that is a preferred route for continued development.

Nature and Scope
The NSA is a structured collaboration between EDF Energy Nuclear Generation and Nuclear New Build (NNB) focussed on delivering technical skills and competencies to support EDF Energy’s nuclear businesses. It brings together technical training teams from the EDF Energy’s NPA and NNB.  The NSA is responsible for the development, delivery and assurance of training solutions in support of the competence of HPC and existing nuclear staff.

The trainee PWR operations instructor will be a member of the training team reporting to a Training Group Head or senior operations instructor.

The trainee PWR operations instructors will undertake long and intensive training and mentoring until fully developed and then ensure full deployment of and compliance with the systematic approach to training, supporting continuous improvement in plant and personnel performance.  Once certified, they will provide ongoing coaching, feedback, and guidance to reinforce fundamental work practices, error prevention techniques, and technical knowledge to improve individual and plant performance.

This role may include travel between stations and EDF Group locations.  Some travel abroad may also be necessary.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Fully engage and participate in all training and mentoring programmes, undertaking specific systems and simulator training at Sizewell B power station, the NPA and other locations as required.
  • Undertake fleet certified instructor (FCI) training and be mentored until fully developed.
  • Once certified, prepare, deliver and evaluate nuclear power plant systems and operations training in accordance with all phases of the systematic approach to training process.
  • Once certified, take ownership of specific courses to organise and co-ordinate resource to undertake session delivery, overseeing its implementation to ensure efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Once certified, act as the Subject Matter Expert (SME) for a specific topic area(s), establishing a close relationship with SZB and the line department to ensure training content keeps pace with procedural, technological and operating experience developments within your area of responsibility.
  • Once certified, during the delivery of training, exercise appropriate simulator & class management techniques to ensure the setting and reinforcement of training and behavioural values, standards and expectations.
  • Once certified, mentor colleague instructors to undertake technical training in nuclear power plant systems as required.

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications, Experience
The successful candidate will be characterised by the following knowledge, qualifications and experience:

  • A technical degree in a STEM subject
  • An aptitude to undertake long and intensive nuclear theory, technology, systems and non-technical skills training.
  • Good interpersonal effectiveness and communication skills
  • Ability to function effectively as a reliable, valuable and contributing team member with a good sense of humour
  • Ability to identify, analyse and resolve problems
  • Experience in developing strong customer and stakeholder relations
  • Flexibility to adapt, learn and undertake delivery of new areas of training as required


  • Knowledge of nuclear theory and systems fundamentals, nuclear technologies including pressurised water reactors.
  • Identified pathway to Chartered Engineer/Professional Engineer status or equivalent
  • SAT (Systematic Approach to Training) process knowledge
  • Knowledge of modern learning methods and media and experience of bringing these to bear in the development and delivery of training
£31,587 - £48,368
Gloucester, GB
Contact for Applicants
Closing Date: 
Mon, 11/06/2018