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Sunday, 21 December 2014

Sellafield taking on record number of apprentices

Sellafield is taking on a record number of apprentices - with a guaranteed job for those who complete the course.

Sellafield site photo
Sellafield

A total of 121 youngsters, mainly aged between 16 and 18, will start a three-and-a-half-year course next week.

The company is responsible for cleaning up and decommissioning the site, as well as fuel recycling and the management of nuclear waste activities on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

Sellafield managing director Tony Price said: “People often think of Sellafield and think that we are a decommissioning site which, by definition, should be winding down.

“But the reality is that cleaning up the UK’s nuclear legacy, some of which dates back to the Cold War, will take decades to complete, which means there are jobs and opportunities here for many years to come.

“That’s why we are so keen to invest in a young, local workforce which will be essential to us going forward.

“This is a record intake for us but apprentice numbers have increased over the last five years and will continue to.”

Have your say

I don't know about the rest of you but I don't want a person who got low grades at science or maths to be the future worker within nuclear science.
But there are plenty of other opportunities on the site for people who are accademically challenged.
Scaffold workers, drivers, security, building trades etc
If they think that this type of work is below them and they deserve better they should have tried harder at school.

Posted by harsh but true on 23 August 2013 at 15:59

To complete an Apprenticeship at Sellafield, you are required to gain Vocational and Educational qualifications, therefore good grades are essential.
I started in 1997 as a Mech Fitter App and it was surprising how difficult some of the College assignments and exams were. I had 10 A-C GCSEs and still struggled with some of the Maths and Science parts of it.
Eventually I gained a HNC after 4 years of study.
If the applicants don't have the grades, they will struggle to complete the Apprenticeship and not have a job at the end or qualifications to fall back on.

Posted by Lithy on 22 August 2013 at 14:15

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