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Established by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), nucleargraduates is a ground-breaking graduate programme created to develop a new generation of talented graduates for the UK nuclear industry. Sponsored by a by a formidable partnership of companies including Rolls-Royce, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) and Sellafield Ltd amongst others.
Upon accepting an offer for a place on the nucleargraduates programme, you will be matched with one of our sponsors. Organisations looking to sponsor Chemists on the programme include Radioactive Waste Management (RWM), Sellafield and the Environment Agency.
The two-year programme consists of three secondments chosen by you. You can expect to find yourself working with Government, on-site, with the private sector supply chain and regulatory authorities. There is also the possibility of undertaking an international secondment, to date our graduates have completed secondments with over 100 different organisations and bodies across the nuclear industry, both at home and abroad. A dedicated mentor, assigned to you upon starting the programme, will help you plan a two-year programme tailored to you and your development goals. nucleargraduates provides a unique opportunity to experience different parts of the industry before re-joining your sponsoring organisation at the end of the programme on a full-time basis.
Your programme will be broken down into technical and behavioural training, structured against the needs of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) with whom you will be working with to gain chartered scientist status. You will come together with your fellow graduates to complete 'core' training such as Project Management and Commercial Awareness, as well as having the benefit of an individual training budget for training, resources and conferences specific to your personal development.
As a nucleargraduate you will have a programme bespoke to you, no two nucleargraduates’ journeys are the same. This is a unique opportunity to experience the different aspects of our complex, ever-changing industry before starting employment with your chosen sponsoring organisation to continue your career and professional development.
On top of this, you will spend 10% of your time with us on Footprints, our corporate social responsibility programme. You will have the opportunity to become a STEM ambassador, passing on your knowledge and enthusiasm to the next generation of engineers and scientists. You will establish a start-up company, developing your commercial awareness and growing your appreciation of the challenges faced by a small business. You will work with local community projects, meeting inspirational individuals. The Footprints programme offers a range of remarkable experiences to help you develop your understanding of the political, social, environmental and community contexts in which the nuclear industry operates, both at home and abroad.
Role Start Date
7 October 2019
nucleargraduates are looking for individuals keen to learn and able to influence others through their attitude and actions. Mobility, adaptability and tenacity are crucial for this role. Most importantly, we are looking for graduates who can achieve real results whilst showing humility as an individual and in a team environment. Applicants must be driven, able to manage their own time and take full advantage of the opportunities presented to them by the scheme.
Minimum Eligibility Requirement
Candidates must have an attained or expected result of 2.2 or above in Chemistry. Masters level qualification would be desirable.
Candidates will be subject to Office of Civil Nuclear Security (OCNS) Clearance Checks.
£26,000 + £1,000 Golden Hello
Applicants must be willing and able to move around the UK and overseas to complete secondments and training whilst on the nucleargraduates programme. Extensive travelling is required with relocation across the UK essential in order to complete secondments.
Upon receipt of initial application form all applicants will be invited to complete our online Situational Strengths Assessment, successful candidates will then be invited to complete a video interview then a two-day assessment centre that will assess candidates across a range of competencies.
After the assessment centre, successful candidates will be made a formal offer of a place on the nucleargraduates programme.