nucleargraduates is on a mission to create a diverse pipeline of future talent for the nuclear industry.
The nucleargraduates Experience
A video demonstrating the key values and benefits that the company offers.
Whether your passion lies within science, engineering or business, the nucleargraduates programme will ensure that during your two years with us, you will gain an invaluable insight into the nuclear sector, taking on challenges and having the opportunity to make a real difference.
The sponsoring organisation for this opportunity is the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). Upon completion of the two year programme you will take up a substantive role within the NDA group.
The Sponsoring Organisations
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is a non-departmental public body created through the Energy Act 2004. We employ just over 200 staff and have offices in Cumbria, Caithness, Cheshire, London and Oxfordshire. We own 17 sites across England, Wales and Scotland, some dating back to the 1940s, plus the associated liabilities and assets. We report to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS); for some aspects of our work in Scotland, we are responsible to Scottish ministers. Our role is strategic: we establish the overall approach, allocate budgets, set targets and monitor progress. We do not have a hands-on role in cleaning up our facilities. Instead, we deliver our mission through others, primarily 12 businesses.
The mission of the NDA group is “To clean up the UK’s earliest nuclear sites safely, securely and cost effectively with care for people and the environment”
We are responsible for:
decommissioning and cleaning up these nuclear facilities
ensuring that all waste products, both radioactive and non-radioactive, are safely managed
implementing policy on the long-term management of nuclear waste
developing UK-wide strategy and plans for nuclear Low Level Waste (LLW)
scrutinising the decommissioning plans of EDF Energy, who own the operating fleet of Advanced Gas Cooled Reactor (AGR) nuclear power stations
We know that great leadership is key to creating the right environment so our people can perform at their best to deliver our mission.
Our Leadership Standard comprises four lenses of leadership:
Create the future
Safely deliver results
Inspire our people
Collaborate to unlock potential
All leaders need to divide their time between delivering priorities and results today, whilst also focusing on future direction with the requisite people and teams in place.
Our leaders are able to lead with the best of themselves. They are self-aware, pay attention to the impact they have on others, and recognise their own development needs. They honour their own well-being to maintain their energy and effectiveness in our challenging environment.
The NDA values the unique differences that each of our colleagues bring to work every day and are committed to creating an environment where everyone feels respected, included and able to perform at their best. We are committed to creating a workplace that is diverse and inclusive.
The Role of an Operations Performance and Improvement (OPI) Graduate
As a team we are involved in transforming delivery of our mission through Research, Development and Innovation. This includes ensuring we know what our challenges are and the potential solutions we and others can develop. Technical assurance, or mapping our challenges and understanding that the solutions will work when they are deployed, is an essential part of our work. Sharing our progress in accessible ways is also important.
Placement would involve:
Technical baselines and technical assurance: scope and deliver a new accessible NDA technical roadmap approach and baseline report (provides an overview of the technology challenges across the site), engaging with stakeholders and accessing good practices
Using the data sets we have on decommissioning technology challenges to shape the priorities for our innovation portfolio and then support measuring the benefits achieved
Opportunity to scope, compete and manage R&D work via our strategic portfolio and work with our communications team on sharing our progress
nucleargraduates is a vibrant, industry led graduate development programme featuring:
Opportunities to collaborate with leading experts across a diverse industry on projects that have real impact
Three secondments across the nuclear sector (with the possibility of an international secondment) providing opportunities to explore a range of careers across the industry
Technical knowledge and professional development opportunities structured against the requirements of the relevant institutes or professional bodies
A corporate social responsibility programme which will include sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm with the next generation of industry professionals
Behavioural skills development opportunities
Minimum Eligibility Requirement
A minimum of a 2:2 in any STEM subject, achieved within the last 5 years
Have the full right to work in the UK (please note we are unable to sponsor visas or accept those with a Graduate visa as candidates will be unable complete the full duration of the programme)
The nucleargraduates programme gives you:
A dedicated team of experts to support your development and progress throughout your programme
A sponsor company lead to provide you with day-to-day support during your programmes and with your secondments
Access to the alumni graduate community enabling you to learn from other experiences and community of practice. A dedicated mentor, assigned to you upon starting the programme who will stay with you throughout your nucleargraduates journey
Opportunities to develop entrepreneurial skills
Allocated budgets to assist you with training, resources, and conferences as well as travel & subsistence
A competitive graduate starting salary
25 days annual leave, plus bank holidays
6 discretionary days leave for study and relocation
Contributory pension scheme
Wellbeing and support services
And in return you will give the nucleargraduates programme:
Your enthusiasm, knowledge and skills to inspire the generation and contribute to the future of our industry
Creativity and collaboration
Drive and determination
Willingness to get involved and try new things
Resilience – we don’t expect you to be an expert from day one
Integrity, being impartial, ethical and safe in everything you do
Positivity and commitment to the mission, purpose and values of the nuclear sector
Respect for others
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