Apprenticeships at Drax

Apprenticeships

Our Apprenticeship Scheme offers you the chance to learn a trade, develop new skills and kick-start your career.

This is an opportunity to gain experience within our business while acquiring transferable skills.

We also offer apprenticeships in a number of business areas, for example Finance and Business Administration.  All opportunities are advertised on our current vacancies page.

Technical apprentices will be trained to work at one of our sites. They will work on new and recently upgraded plant designed to produce pellets or renewable energy and will mainly focus on maintenance of the plant.

Drax Group is enabling a zero carbon, lower cost energy future. We employ approximately 2,500 people in England, Scotland and Wales, and 260 in Southeastern USA (Louisiana and Mississippi).

Starting your career as a Drax Technical Apprentice

Our apprenticeship scheme has many success stories, with former apprentices now promoted to become Technicians and Supervisors. Working at our plants  today, we have Engineers, Sections Heads and Department Managers that have all come from an apprenticeship background.

Overview of the Technical Apprenticeship Scheme

The Drax Apprentice Scheme runs over four years. The programme focuses on three engineering disciplines:

Successful candidates will train in one of the selected disciplines above, or a combined qualification agreed on appointment.

Qualifications and skills development

At the end of the programme our apprentices could achieve the following nationally recognised qualifications:

UK Apprentices

  • BTEC – National Diploma in Engineering
  • NVQ 3 – Diploma in Electrical Power Engineering – Power Plant Maintenance

Scottish Apprentices Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering (SCQF Level 6 or 7)

  • NC – National Certificate in Engineering
  • SVQ 2 – Performing Engineering Operations
  • SVQ 3 – Engineering Maintenance

In addition, our apprentices can expect to develop a number of key skills such as planning and organisation, communication, team working and problem solving.

Apprenticeship scheme – four year overview

Year 1 – 90% of the year is spent at their Engineering Training Academy.

Year 2 

  • English Apprentices – 50% of the year is spent completing the BTEC and training in craft skills at the Engineering Training Academy. The remainder of time is spent at Drax, beginning the NVQ qualification and gaining valuable experience across the maintenance department
  • Scottish Apprentices –Start working on the SVQ in the business.

Year 3 – 100% of the year is spent at Drax, focusing on the NVQ/SVQ qualification and gaining practical experience

Year 4 – 100% of the year is spent at Drax, during which time the apprentices will continue to develop their experience across the site and complete their NVQ/SVQ.

Employment details

Drax directly employs all apprentices throughout the term of the apprenticeship to ensure a timely and positive learning and job experience.

Accommodation for year 1 & 2

During the first two years of training, accommodation will be provided if required.

Selection process

Qualification requirements

We look for apprentices who share our values and want to join in the success of a company with a great future.

To be considered for a place on the scheme you must have (or be predicted to have):

English Qualifications –  GCSEs at grade C/5 or above in Maths, English Language and Science and have two additional GCSEs at grade C/5 or above (or equivalent) in any other subject.

Scottish Qualifications – National 5 Qualifications in Maths, English and Physics.

You must also have good communication skills along with an ability to work as part of a team.

There is no age restriction or age limit for the Drax Apprenticeship Scheme.

If successful, you’ll be asked to provide evidence proving all the academic/vocational qualifications stated in your application form/CV, whether required for the role or not. Do not claim a qualification on your CV if you cannot do this. If you apply based on predicted grades you must achieve the required standard to confirm your appointment.

Application form

Applications for our Technical Apprenticeship Scheme open throughout the year, however vacancies are generally posted in December. All candidates apply via our recruitment system.

Prior to completing an application form, you’ll be asked a number of questions before being progressed to the form itself.

You are required to complete all sections of the application form (unless stated ‘optional’)

For applicants who have not yet completed their GCSEs/National Qualifications please provide predicted grades under the ‘Education’ section.

The application form may take between up to one hour to complete, so please make sure you allocate sufficient time to complete it.

Aptitude tests

If you are shortlisted, you’ll be asked to complete a number of online aptitude tests which measure both technical and comprehension reasoning. Details of the tests will be sent to you via email.

Interview

If you are successful following the aptitude tests, you’ll be asked to attend an interview . Any specific interview requirements will be sent to you prior to the interview.

Final selection and start date

For successful candidates a provisional offer will be made subject to attaining the necessary qualifications. The scheme usually commences mid- to end-of August each year.

Email communication

All communication during the application process will be made via email, therefore please ensure you enter your email address correctly and you have access to your email account during the application period.

Can I apply for the scheme again?

If you have previously applied for a place on the apprentice scheme and were unsuccessful then you can apply again. It is important to ensure you demonstrate how you have developed since you last applied, for example, any additional qualifications you have attained or work experience you have undertaken.

Additional information

For further information on applying for a vacancy at Drax please see our Careers FAQs. If you are unable to find the information you are looking for or are having difficulties with our recruitment system, please contact the recruitment team.