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Updated: April, 2020

About nucleargraduates

nucleargraduates is a ground-breaking graduate programme created by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and sponsored by organisations across the nuclear industry including Sellafield Ltd, Rolls-Royce, Magnox Ltd and the Environment AgencyJacobs and the Office for Nuclear Regulation amongst others. The scheme is also involved with more than 20 other companies and organisations across the industry.

Upon accepting on offer for a place on the nucleargraduates programme you will be matched with one of our sponsors.

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. A dedicated mentor, assigned to you upon starting the programme, will help you plan a two-year programme unique to you and your development goals.

Young engineers and scientists play a crucial role in our industry. You will have the chance to make progress with vital decommissioning work at Sellafield, shape industrial strategy with the NDA or research new commercial reactor designs with Rolls-Royce. Needless to say you will get a wealth of technical experience and the opportunity to try out more commercial opportunities.

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.

nucleargraduates is accredited and supported by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET), the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the Institute of Physics (IoP). Your programme will be broken down into technical and behavioural training. It will be structured against the needs of the chartered institute with whom you’re aiming to gain a qualification or membership. You will come together with your fellow graduates to complete ‘core’ training as well as having the benefit of an individual training budget for training specific to your personal development.

On top of this you will spend 10% of your time with us to 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 scientists and engineers. You will establish a start-up company, developing your commercial awareness and allowing your appreciation of the challenges faced by a small business. You will work with local community projects, meeting inspirational individuals.


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.

Work sectors

energy and utilities, environment and conservation, engineering and manufacturing


UK wide

Contact details

Blackwood Road
CA14 4JW
  • Institute of Student Employers

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