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Our company in a nutshell

We provide the most comprehensive graduate programme the energy industry has ever seen.

The UK’s nuclear power industry is facing its biggest challenges in decades. As existing power stations near the end of their working lives are beginning to be decommissioned, a new wave of nuclear power plants have been given the go-ahead. Nuclear power is back on the agenda.

The factors behind this resurgence in the appeal of Nuclear power generation are complex, but one thing is very clear – there is an acute and greater-than-ever need for suitably skilled graduates from the UK.

Engineers, scientists, business minds, talented managers and financial experts will all be essential to the future growth of - and developments within - this sector. That’s why a number of leading businesses and organisations have combined to create a new graduate training programme: nucleargraduates. Our sponsors include Rolls-Royce, Sellafield, Magnox, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Jacobs, some of the most innovative and highly regarded organisations in the UK nuclear industry.

Our programme’s unique structure means that graduates apply through the nucleargraduates website before being matched with a sponsor. Once successful applicants have finished the two year nucleargraduates programme they will join their sponsor company as a direct entrant to continue their career and professional development.

Candidate Profile:

Candidates need to be keen learners who can influence people through their attitudes and actions.

Mobility, adaptability and tenacity are critical for this role. We are seeking people who are actively looking for adventure and the challenge of taking roles from the foot of Devon to the top of Scotland via villages and cities in between.

Most importantly we are looking for people who can achieve real results whilst showing humility as an individual and in a team environment.

Case studies


Site Engineer - Refuelling (Rolls-Royce Submarines)

First Class MEng Mechanical Engineering – Durham University

Substantive job title, sponsor company:
Site Engineer – Refuelling, Rolls-Royce Submarines

Previous roles, secondment hosts and durations:
Graduate Design Engineer, International Nuclear Services, 4.5 months
Graduate Mechanical Engineer, Nuclear Propulsion – Ministry of Defence, 5 months
Graduate Mechanical Engineer, Devonport Site Office – Rolls-Royce Submarines, 4 months
Graduate Manufacturing Engineer, Primary Component Operations – Rolls-Royce Submarines, 8 months

Sponsor company:
Rolls-Royce Submarines

What was your final secondment and what did it involve?

My final secondment was as a Graduate Design Engineer within an Engineering Design team. Every day I had to use and apply concepts and learning that I gained through my Engineering degree. Most of my time was spent using 3D modelling software to generate designs, from basic concepts through to extremely detailed designs. I also gained experience in producing technical drawings which were sent out to manufacturers, and through this I was able to gain an understanding of how designers and manufacturers interact and work together. Other tasks which form part of the design process included writing functional and manufacturing specifications, and performing calculations to support the designs.

What attracted you to the nuclear sector and the nucleargraduates programme?

When looking for graduate schemes to apply to, I was attracted to nucleargraduates because of the variety of opportunities that are available throughout the programme. I thought “if I gain a place on this scheme, not only will I be able to undertake a range of placements in different companies, but I will also have dedicated time for training and development, as well as an instant network of contacts across the nuclear industry”, what more could I want?

What is the standout moment from your time on the nucleargraduates programme?

A key moment for me was standing at the entrance of Vulcan Naval Reactor Test Establishment on the north coast of Scotland. As part of a Continuing Professional Development trip to Dounreay, I had organised an opportunity for my Cohort to visit Vulcan and participate in several tours of the facilities on site. To get to this point, I had made use of my contacts within Rolls-Royce, liaised with the Chief Engineer at Vulcan, organised 30 graduates into groups and ensured they all had appropriate Personal Protective Equipment, coordinated the submission of security clearance information, and worked alongside my colleagues to deliver a successful trip to the most northern nuclear site in the United Kingdom. Standing there and realising what I had achieved was a proud and memorable moment.

What are your plans for the future?

Following completion of the nucleargraduates programme I have now taken up a permanent position within my sponsor company, Rolls-Royce. I have started my career with Rolls-Royce in Devonport Dockyard, training to become an Assistant Resident Engineer. It will take me two to three years to become qualified and I am likely to spend 5 years at the Site Office before returning to the hub of the business in Derby to further my career. Looking further into the future, I hope to move into a management position. The learning and development experiences I have gained through the nucleargraduates programme has put me in a fantastic position to build my management skills in the years to come.


Physics - Nuclear Security (ONR)

Degree and University: Physics (MPhys) at University of Liverpool.

Current job title, secondment host and duration: Nuclear security at ONR for 8.5 months.

Previous roles, secondment hosts and durations: None

Sponsor company: Office for Nuclear Regulation.

What is your current role and what does it involve?

My current role is working for the civil nuclear security programme within the Office for Nuclear Regulation. My day to day work includes writing guidance documents for inspectors, conducting surveys on security systems and assisting inspectors on interventions at nuclear licensed sites. I find inspections the most interesting part of my role as each one is so different to the last.

What attracted you to the nuclear sector and the nucleargraduates programme?

The main thing that attracted me to the nuclear sector was the scale of the challenges and problems it faces. The nuclear industry is a key part of our country's energy mix, and I wanted to make a contribution to it. The nucleargraduates programme stood out immediately from the other graduate programmes I looked at due the opportunities it provides. The unique structure of 3 secondments over the 2 years attracted me as a unique feature to that few others would have. In addition to the secondments, we also have access to a wide variety of learning and development opportunities and funding in order to improve ourselves.

What is the standout moment from your time on the nucleargraduates programme?

As part of the nucleargraduates scheme, we spend 10% of our time doing corporate social responsibility work in order to give back to the local communities in which we are based. As part of this we regularly attend STEM events and clubs in order to help and encourage young people to undertake careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. I find great satisfaction in working with the young people and possibly making a difference to their future careers.

How has the training nucleargraduates have provided helped with your professional development?

The nucleargraduates scheme provides training in a wide variety of 'soft skills' that are not necessarily concentrated on during degree work. For instance, we work on project management, communication and commercial awareness, amongst others, and these are skills that I have taken back to the workplace. We are also encouraged to take on further technical training, so I have undertaken a PgCert in Nuclear Security and Safeguards with the University of Central Lancashire in order to improve my knowledge.

What are your plans for the future (career wise)?

My current plans for the immediate future are to successfully complete the nucleargraduates scheme, and personally and professionally develop as much as possible in that time. Once the scheme is complete, I would like to return to ONR to continue my work in the security programme, and begin training to become a fully qualified inspector.

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