This is the probably the area of work that has the most transferable skills from other industries. Like most industries, organisations within the UK Nuclear Industry whether organised in a functional or projected structure cannot function without the support of administration staff. It is often that the first member of staff that meets you at reception is the person that makes the whole office tick!
There are many roles available in all organisations, within each project and within most locations which make your chances of landing an administration role fantastic. The largest diferentiator from other industries is the additional vetting requirements that are applicable when looking for a job in the UK Nuclear Industry. The vetting requirements will vary based on company, role, location and current work being undertaken. You can find our guide to vetting in the nuclear industry in the UK are part of another post on the site.
Key skills for a project administrator as highlighted in a live job at the time of writing are:
Computer Literate with a good understanding of MS Word and Excel
Ideal but not essential, experience of using SAGE software
English and Maths GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent)
NVQ Level 3 in business administration would be advantageous
Good telephone manner
Confident and articulate with a good sense of humour
Organised, tidy minded person
Good time keeper
A likewise advertisement for the Personal Assistant in the industry listed the skill required as:
Good organisational skills (flexible/organised/methodical)
Ability to work independently and be proactive
Excellent communication/interpersonal skills notably with various levels of the organisation and externally
The ability to work as an integral part of a team contributing to team success, communications and a positive working environment
Flexible approach with the ability to multi-task and work on own initiative
Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, Power Point to a high standard
Previous team support experience
Discretion - confidentiality when dealing with sensitive information
Attention to detail
General administrative/secretarial knowledge producing professional work as well as ability to adapt to new and changing systems (and possibly creating systems)
Use of Outlook or similar diary/email application
Working knowledge of SAP and ability to raise requisitions, desirable
Previous experience in the energy industry desirable
NB- an additional thing to note here is that the ability to communicate in another language; particularly French or Chinese is becoming more and more prevalent due to the increase multi-national consortiums entering the nuclear industry in the UK.
There are whole sites dedicated to bagging yourself many of the available administrative roles starting at the national career service job profiles and specifically Admin Assistant, Personal Assistant and Receptionist.
Check out the training and jobs pages here at Get Into Nuclear to find out more.