Summer Placement Scheme 2018

Location: Sellafield, Cumbria & Risley, Warrington

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Company Overview

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.

Our company

10 years of Sellafield Ltd

Our Summer Placement Scheme

Joining our 10-week summer placement scheme is an ideal opportunity for you to gain valuable skills and experience that will help to enrich your studies for when you return to university after the summer break.

We’re looking for students who can take on true responsibility on major projects, which will contribute to our present challenge and future mission; be involved in business critical work and experience far reach training with support from many members of the existing Sellafield Ltd community.

On our placement scheme you will get the opportunity to take part in activities that will allow you to develop your skills in line with our Graduate programme - meaning you may get the chance to re-join the company as a graduate when you complete your degree.

In return we offer a competitive salary and a support network that will aid your growth.

What are the entry requirements?

You’ll be on course for at least a 2:1 in one of the following degree disciplines:

  • Engineering* – Civil, Electrical, Mechanical.
  • Science – Environmental, Materials, Mathematics, Physics.
  • Business – Business Related, Project Management.

*For engineering subjects we would prefer you to be working towards a Masters level. Other engineering subjects may also be considered.

Our placements are directly linked with our Graduate Scheme; preference is therefore given to those in their penultimate year of study.

Where do I fit into the Summer Placement Scheme?

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.

Below is a list of the professions we recruit for and suitable degree disciplines;

Commissioning - Suitable degrees: Engineering based degree disciplines.

Construction - Suitable degrees: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering.

Design Engineering - Suitable degrees: Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering.

Plant Engineering - Suitable degrees: Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering.

Project Management & Controls - Suitable degrees: Various degree backgrounds with a keen interest in Project Management & Controls. Previous graduates have came from Business, Engineering and Science related degrees.

Safety Support - Suitable degrees: STEM based disciplines with a strong interest the safety profession.

Technical - Suitable degrees: Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science/Engineering, Mathematics, Environmental Science degrees.

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. 

Our Application Process

Online application form – Apply via our website: - Applications open mid-September, we recommend applying at your earliest convenience.

Aptitude test - You will complete an online aptitude test in October – November 2017

Telephone interview – Telephone interviews will commence in November 2017

Interview – Face to Face Interviews will commence in January 2018.

Start date – The anticipated start date for the 2018 placement scheme is late June 2018.

Opportunity Overview

  • Salary: Competitive
  • Minimum Degree: 2:1
  • Placement Duration: Summer
  • Location: Sellafield (Cumbria) & Risley (Warrington)
  • Region: North West
  • Type: Work Placement / Internship

Other benefits...

  • Support network that will aid your growth

Disciplines accepted...

  • Aerospace
  • Building Services
  • Civil
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Geology
  • Materials/Minerals
  • Maths
  • Mechanical
  • Physics
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Science
  • Structural
  • Systems


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