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Get into Nuclear: 5 forms of work experience you should consider

Updated: Dec 3, 2022

Interested in the nuclear industry? Then there are a range of work experience opportunities you should consider.

1) National Nuclear Laboratory The National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) delivers a range of research and technology in support of the nuclear fuel cycle. Playing a key role in the nuclear industry, NNL provides independent advice to the UK Government and technical support to all aspects of the nuclear industry. NNL offers some week-long work experience placements.

2) The Culham Centre for Fusion Energy The Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) , the UK's national fusion research laboratory, based in Abingdon, offers work experience and placement opportunities. CCFE offer one-week work experience opportunities for children in year 10 and 11 at school, plus placements for undergraduate and master’s students, lasting from a few months to a year. 

3) EDF Energy EDF Energy owns and operate eight of the UK's ten existing nuclear power stations and have plans to build three new ones at Hinkley Point C in Somerset, Sizewell C in Suffolk and Bradwell B in Essex. EDF offer a range of insight, internship and placements opportunities, depending on your circumstances and qualifications, so browse their website to find out more

4) Cavendish Nuclear Cavendish Nuclear is a nuclear support organisation, delivering expertise in the life cycle of nuclear power plants. Offering summer placements for undergraduates, Cavendish Nuclear helps students to gain valuable experience in physics and a range of engineering disciplines. 

5) Work experience with Nuvia Nuvia is a leading international engineering, project management and services provider to the nuclear industry and other energy, defence and research industries too. As such, they offer a range of work experience and summer placement opportunities, enabling you to get concrete experience of the nuclear and associated industries. The range of opportunities on offer is flexible; from one to three months or for a day a week over a specified period. If you are interested in undertaking work experience with Nuvia, their application form is available online.

The benefits of work experience in the nuclear industry Gaining work experience in the nuclear industry could have a number of benefits for you, helping you to gain a better understanding of your career goals, make useful contacts and provide you with referees for future job applications. Work experience would also help you to develop your skills and knowledge, which would be transferable to many jobs. Also, work experience would deepen your knowledge of specific roles, the broader industry and the way in which organisations work, giving you a better understanding of the working world. Finally, when it comes to applying for a permanent job, you’ll have relevant experience in the industry that will help you to stand out from other applicants. So, as you can see, work experience in the nuclear industry could have a range of benefits for you.

The information above is not an exhaustive list, but it will give you some pointers on where you could gain work experience in the nuclear industry. So get into nuclear, get work experience and see your career take off.


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