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Nuclear power provides around 20% of the UK’s electricity, so it’s big business and requires a skilled workforce to make sure the power is being sourced safely and efficiently.
The nuclear industry is expected to expand drastically in the next few years as many plants are nearing the end of their life-cycle, which means that they will need to be decommissioned and others will be built in order to meet the demand of nuclear power in the UK.
Plans for the new nuclear power stations have already been confirmed and they are expected to create over 35,500 jobs across the UK in the near future. There are multiple different roles that are available within nuclear. You could work inside one of the new plants as a nuclear engineer; play a role in designing and building a new plant or be part of the decommissioning team that shuts an old plant down.
However, most of these roles will require a science or engineering degree as the work is highly specialised. One third of the nuclear workforce has a master’s degree.
A graduate scheme is a great way to learn about the nuclear industry after your degree and get a structured introduction that will help to fill in any gaps in your knowledge. It will also provide information into the range of work that is available.
The aging workforce in the nuclear industry means almost half are eligible to retire within the next ten years. The industry is anticipating a skills gap in light of this, so it’s a great time to get your foot in the door.