Name: Jason Savage.

Job title: Social impact supply chain assistant.

Employer: Sellafield Ltd.

Age: 21.

Where are you from? I’m originally from Seaton but I’ve lived in Pardshaw, near Cockermouth, for the last 10 to 11 years.

Where do you live now? I’ve just bought my first house in Dearham with my girlfriend, Hannah.

Where do you work? I work at Sellafield Ltd in the social impact team, part of corporate affairs which sits under the strategy and technical directorate and I’m based on Westlakes Science Park, near Whitehaven.

How long have you done this job? I started with the company in 2014 as a business admin apprentice.

Over the two-year scheme I was placed in three areas of the business, two for six months and one for a year.

For my year I was placed in socio-economics where I was then offered a job.

I still work in that team although our name has changed to social impact to align with the needs of the local community and economy being much wider than typical socio-economics or CSR.

Take us through a typical day: Like most office-based staff I get in early, make a coffee, wait for my computer to load up emails and start the day at 8.10am.

My role is to support the more senior members of the team by producing reports, gathering data, liaising with internal and external stakeholders, scanning the external environment on social media and firefighting issues which arise.

I provide subject matter expertise on social impact to the wider business including during procurements and external events.

Aside from the typical ‘day job’ I have a lot of involvement with wider department and company initiatives. I have been involved in key reports for senior leaders, I co-ordinated the company’s recent Christmas campaign raising over £70,000 for local charities and I am in training to be part of the emergency duty team.

What do you like most about the job? I like that everyday can be different and I always have a constant flow of work.

Sellafield Ltd is going through its most significant change to date with the end of reprocessing and the business model fundamentally changing.

Aligned with these changes, we released a new social impact strategy which includes five key objectives we will delivery to benefit the local community and economy.

I am a key part of this change and the delivery of this strategy which when successful will help build a much more diverse, growing and sustainable environment in West Cumbria – its exciting!

What do you like least? There’s nothing I don’t enjoy about my job in particular. I have had the opportunity to meet some incredible people in our community as well as in our supply chain and attend a number of events I otherwise wouldn’t have known about!

I recently spoke at the Department of International Trade's Civil Nuclear Showcase in London about Sellafield Ltd’s diversity and journey and I was awarded NSAN’s business support apprentice of the year in 2017 all because of the work I was able to do in my role.

Why did you want to do this job? Since my apprenticeship was based on having a number of placements it was by luck I started within socio-economics, having not known much about the subject especially since the Sellafield Ltd team was quite new, but it worked out! The profession is extremely interesting and growing.

What jobs have you done previously? Before starting with Sellafield Ltd I was at Cockermouth sixth form doing A-levels in ICT, business and maths.

I worked at a café on Sundays and at James Walker in Cockermouth as part of their IT support team in summers.

Once I started with the company I spent six months in nuclear shares business services followed by six months in decommissioning.

Any advice for people wanting to get into your profession? Having a dedicated team to deliver and co-ordinate social impact is a fantastic thing, however most companies won’t have that resource.

Anyone, in any role, can be part of social impact activity.

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