Discipline Area: Safety and Organisational Culture


Description of role, including any specific skills required

This unique opportunity will allow the successful candidate to understand and influence the organisational safety culture of a nuclear power plant.

All aspects of safety within a nuclear power plant are our top priority. This is an easy statement to make, but how is this made a practical reality? This role provides the opportunity to understand what makes the people who run a power plant tick. A talent for clear communication, using many different methods, is required – from fact-based monitoring and reporting to inspirational and engaging communication programmes.

Previous successful holders have come from varied engineering-biased backgrounds and have supported improvements to fire safety through communications campaigns, training and other improvement projects, as part of a wider Zero Harm safety team. The role holder may be asked to support fire safety management as an integral member of the Zero Harm safety team (if required, full training in fire safety processes and procedures will be provided by the station).

The opportunity would suit an engineering undergraduate or business studies / management undergraduate. 

Anticipated business benefits

A chance to gain an independent view and help develop new approaches to industrial safety culture. It will further provide additional support for a relatively small team to enhance fire and safety culture. 

Anticipated benefits to the individual

  • Gain real-life experience in an industrial environment
  • Support the station in influencing the organisational safety culture
  • Earn an equivalent full-time salary of £15,000
  • Gain invaluable experience that complements your degree scheme
  • Work within the energy sector, one of the most vibrant industries
  • Spend time within different functions of the plant, as well as on project-based work within a specialist topic
  • Potential to join the EDF graduate scheme after the placement

What are the timings and key dates?

The industrial placements will begin no earlier than the end of September 2017 and last for up to twelve months. Deadline for submission of applications is midnight, 5th February 2017. First stage interviews will take place on 13th, 14th and 15th February 2017 at Lancaster University, with two members of staff from the Faculty of Science and Technology. A shortlist will be provided to Heysham 2 of those applicants that are being recommended for assessment by EDF Energy. Representatives from Heysham 2 will be in touch to arrange interviews with those people they would like to meet.

Who is eligible to apply?

Any student or former student of Lancaster University is eligible to apply. For current students, this can be taken as a year-out, through what is known as intercalation. Intercalation allows a temporary suspension of student status for a number of reasons. If your academic department offers a sandwich course, this may fulfil that element. For those who are about to or have already graduated, this could provide a step into working in the energy sector.

What will I be paid?

Salary is in the range of £15K.

How to apply

Submit a CV and cover letter, addressing the specific requirements of the role for which you’re applying, to:

Pam Pickles, Student Employability Manager: p.pickles@lancaster.ac.uk

Before the deadline of 5th February 2017

Supporting your application

The central Careers team are available for you to arrange expert feedback on your application and provide mock interviews. We would encourage all applicants to make full use of the Careers resource to be in with the best possible chance of succeeding in your application. Details on the full range of resources available to you are here: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/careers/

Further Information and Networking Event

We are hosting an informal event for students to find out more information, with the opportunity to learn more about the company and the roles, including a talk from a successful member of the 2016/17 Lancaster University and EDF Energy Placement Scheme. This will be a unique opportunity to understand how to make a strong application as well as what EDF are looking for in their future workforce.

It will take place on the evening of Monday 30th January 2017 at 6pm in the Management School. We are also offering Q&A time to the audience with free soup and informal networking. For this reason, only students who have registered on Target Connect before the event will be eligible to attend (by Thursday 26th January at noon). Due to high interest at previous events, early booking is strongly advised.

Target Connect Leap Link to the event page


Six discipline areas have been identified by EDF Energy as having a need to be fulfilled (the above is one of those), however funding has been secured to recruit four individuals. Therefore, upon the power station interviewing for all six roles, it is understood that they will select the four strongest candidates. This means that certain discipline areas will not be recruited to. Funding for this scheme may be reduced or withdrawn at any time at the discretion of EDF Energy / Heysham 2 power station.