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What’s the right engineering programme for you?

08/05 2017Posted by: npower Resourcing Team Subscribe to this blog

A career in engineering is incredibly rewarding, ultimately creating skilled professionals who can identify and solve some of the most interesting and challenging problems in society. As an engineer with RWE, you’ll be invaluable in helping us to keep our power stations running and our customers’ homes warm. If you’re interested in an engineering career in a mechanical, electrical or technological capacity, RWE could be the perfect fit.

Why energy?

The energy industry is constantly changing and updating, making it an exciting, dynamic choice for budding engineers. Within Europe alone, billions of dollars have been invested in high-tech power stations, with just under 22 million customers serviced by the UK gas network annually. At RWE, we’ve got a combined generation capacity of over 11,000MW, with a power station portfolio that includes coal, oil, biomass and gas-fired solutions. We have multiple entry points for an engineering role with us, making it easier than ever for you to launch your career with RWE.

Engineering Graduate Scheme

RWE’s Engineering Graduate Scheme is an excellent way for degree-educated graduates to kick-start their career in engineering. It’s accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institution of Mechanical Engineering and can form the technical, practical and soft skills required to be a successful engineer. Spanning two years, the programme includes mentoring from industry experts and placements at key engineering projects. It’s ideal for graduates with a minimum 2:2 Bachelor’s degree who are looking to enter the energy industry as an engineer with RWE.

Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme

The Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme is another entry point to the engineering industry, this time aimed at school leavers with a minimum of five GSCEs at A*-C level. The Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician Scheme runs over four years, during which time apprentices will work at RWE’s Technical Services facility and leading power generation plants. There’s also a National Certificate qualification component of the course, before apprentices can choose to specialise in Mechanical, Electrical or Control and Instrumentation fields. It’s a practical, skills-based programme that is designed to lead on to a career as a craftsperson at RWE.

Power Academy

The IET Power Academy is aimed at current university students who are in anything from their first to penultimate year of study. It’s a scholarship programme that involves a summer placement and in-depth mentoring from experienced industry professionals, designed to prepare candidates to apply for the RWE Generation UK graduate programme. To be successful in the scholarship, students must be studying for an IET-accredited electrical, electronic or control systems degree or masters at one of a range of universities.

Power Technician Training Scheme

Students who have completed a National Certificate in an engineering subject or have the right combination of A-levels and GSCEs can get a head start on their engineering career with the Power Technician Training Scheme. Like many of our engineering programmes, it blends practical and academic learning to prepare participants for life as a Technician in one of RWE’s power stations. It includes several different academic qualifications and power station-based training, with the opportunity to work towards a Higher National Diploma. You get paid while you learn, making it ideal for young people who want to enter the workforce without student loan debts.

Need more help?

Whether you’re a high school student wondering how you can enter the industry next year or a university student looking at the best graduate programmes for you, RWE’s engineering schemes could be a perfect fit. For more information, read real-life stories of people who have undertaken the programmes on our blog.
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