Generation - Electrical Control and Instrumentation Pathway Trainee

“The variety of the equipment and the diversity of the role really attracted me. I’ve been on loads of different courses since I’ve been here. Everything I’ve asked for has gone ahead.”
Adam Jackson
Trainee Engineering Technician


Duration: 2 years

Location: Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station

What we do

The E.ON Generation Business and Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station is an exciting place to work. Ratcliffe is nearing the end of a major investment programme to ensure that it’s the cleanest operating coal fired power station in the country. The site team, made up of engineers and operational staff, run the station 24 hours a day and 365 days a year to produce electrical power for our customers. Ratcliffe has always been at the forefront of innovation and development in the electricity generation industry and is an environment that’s full of state of the art equipment. The station is one of the first in the UK to be fitted with a Flue Gas Desulphurisation (FGD) system. More recently Ratcliffe’s combustion process has been upgraded by fitting a selective catalytic reduction plant. Ratcliffe continually works to improve its performance by implementing appropriate new technologies which improve plant efficiency and reduce emissions.

What you’ll do

You’ll gain expertise in the workings of thermal power plants, both in theory and in practice, from our skilled engineering experts. On the way, you’ll pick up the nationally recognised qualification, NVQ Level 3 in Electrical, Control and Instrumentation. In between the theory, you’ll be able to develop your onsite competence. Being based at Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station also means you’ll be able to apply your knowledge in a real working environment.

What we’re looking for

We’re looking for the engineers of the future – so we want people who are fascinated by all things mechanical and electrical and have a huge enthusiasm for developing an engineering career. In terms of qualifications, you’ll need an HNC in an Engineering, Process or a Technology related subject, as well as five A-C grades at GCSE in English, Maths, Science or Technology. On top of this, you’ll also need to be highly aware of safety issues, with a responsible attitude and a talent for teamwork.