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The UK’s nuclear industry is facing its biggest challenge in decades. 

Playing a part in the UK’s energy mix for the past five decades most existing nuclear power stations will close by 2023. The closure and decommissioning of these stations is providing new unique challenges.

The Government has also given the go ahead for a fleet of new nuclear power stations as part of the country’s future energy mix, alongside other low-carbon sources.

In the defence sector the design, build and maintenance of new and existing submarines provide their own technical challenges.

With 70% of the highly skilled civil nuclear sector workforce due to retire by 2025 there is a wealth of opportunities for graduates.

Created by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority the nucleargraduates programme has been established to recruit and develop a new generation of talented graduates for the nuclear industry. The programme is one of the most ambitious ever put together created by a formidable partnership of companies.

Graduates are sponsored for the duration of the programme by organisations across the industry including Sellafield Ltd, Rolls-Royce, Magnox Ltd and the Environment Agency amongst others.

The two year programme consists of three secondments during which our graduates will find themselves working on-site, with the private sector supply chain, regulatory authorities and Government with the opportunity to undertake an international secondment.

Making progress with on site decommissioning work at Sellafield, shaping industrial strategy with the NDA or researching new commercial reactor designs with Rolls-Royce, young engineers and scientists are crucial for our industry.

Upon completion of the two year programme graduates start employment with their sponsoring organisation to continue their career and professional development.

The Essentials

Disciplines: Mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, physics, chemistry, environmental science, business.

Minimum Requirements: 2:1 in any of the above. Masters level qualifications preferred.

Start date: 10th October 2016

Salary: £25,000 + £1,000 Golden Hello

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