Graduate Scheme
graduate scheme

Graduate Scheme

Sellafield Ltd
Cumbria · Warrington
Time left to apply
4 days to apply on Prospects

Job description

As a Sellafield Ltd. graduate you will complete a 24-month programme alongside our smart community of ambitious, sociable and driven graduates from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines.

In the two years that you’re a part of the scheme, we’ll give you all the support you need to achieve chartered status and the opportunity to do placements in a variety of business areas. We’ll ensure we maximise your skills, confidence and experience.

You will work alongside industry leading experts, who will challenge and mentor you in equal measures to ensure you are developing in your chosen field.

Whatever your expectation of working with us, the reality is as surprising as it is rewarding. The challenges involved are huge, often seeing us pioneer new techniques and processes.

We recruit for various professions across our business, therefore we ask you to consider which profession area is your preferred option during your application. Please visit ‘Graduates > Programme Areas’ to learn more about each profession and the types of work you could be involved in.

Although we ask you to select a preferred profession area, we will get to know you through the application process to ensure that where you are placed is the best fit for you.

Company information

Sellafield led the development of the UK’s nuclear industry, from the production of plutonium for the country’s nuclear deterrent programme through to the development of nuclear power generation. Today we are faced with the challenge of cleaning up the legacy of the site’s early operations, including some of the most hazardous nuclear facilities in Europe.

Each chapter of Sellafield’s history delivered great benefit for the country while creating a complex nuclear clean-up challenge for which there are no blueprints. Decommissioning the site will take us more than 100 years and there is much still that we don’t know. Every day we are building greater certainty and we will be the generation that makes demonstrable progress in cleaning up Sellafield.

Covering six square kilometres, the site in West Cumbria is home to more than 200 nuclear facilities and the largest inventory of untreated nuclear waste in the world. We employ approximately 11,000 people who, along with our supply chain partners, are tackling Sellafield’s current diverse portfolio of decommissioning, reprocessing, spent fuel management, nuclear waste management and nuclear material management.

As a company we are also facing challenges; preparing for the end of reprocessing and delivering our mission as efficiently as possible while providing value for money for the public funding we receive.

Additional information

In promoting equal opportunities, Sellafield Ltd. welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We select people according to their abilities and our needs.

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

Recruitment for this campaign is on-going so therefore you are advised to regularly check your emails (including any junk mail/spam folders) for correspondence relating to this post, this could include assessment or interview invitations and any other type of correspondence relating to your application.

In the event of a high number of responses to any advert, Sellafield Ltd. reserves the right to close the vacancy early.

Person requirements

We’re a rapidly evolving organisation, so you’ll need to be hungry to learn, with plenty of drive and ambition. You’ll be ready to take responsibility for key projects too, shaping the way they develop and solving complex problems – some that no one has ever faced before.

Qualifications and experience requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the Sellafield Ltd Graduate Scheme are:

  • Achieved a 2:1 in a relevant degree subject.
  • Graduated within three years of the scheme start date.

For engineering subjects, a Masters level degree is highly preferred in all cases and for some disciplines essential.

Accepted degree subjects




25.5 days’ annual leave with statutory public holidays on top and pension.


Cumbria · Warrington

Sellafield, Cumbria; Risley, Warrington

How to apply

  • Online application form – apply via our website: applications open mid-July, we recommend applying at your earliest convenience.
  • Aptitude test - you will complete an online aptitude test in August 2017 – September 2017
  • Telephone interview – telephone interviews will commence in September 2017 – October 2017
  • Assessment centre – successful applicants will be invited to an assessment centre in October 2017 – November 2017.
  • Start date – the anticipated start date for the 2018 graduate scheme is late September 2018.

Closing date: 30/09/2017

This job listing will no longer be available on Prospects from 30/09/2017

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