Work experience provides opportunities for local students

Over the summer, different groups of young people joined us in our work experience program for young engineers in nuclear design.

Around 80 Years 10/11 and 12/13 students from local schools and colleges in the Warrington area were given an insight into what design engineering entails and the range of opportunities available in science careers, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Using a multi-disciplinary project and individual tasks carried out by our own engineers, graduates and graduate apprentices, students completed 4 engineering modules designed to inform and inspire tomorrow’s workforce.

Their investments were in:

  • treat
  • mechanical
  • electrical control and instrumentation
  • civil and structural engineering design

Our revolutionary work experience program has had many successes over the years.

These successes include Lorna Sowerbutts who came to our Warrington office to participate in our work experience program with no idea what she wanted to do as a career.

After completing her work experience, she joined us as an apprentice in 2017 and recently graduated with an Honors degree in Civil Engineering.

She now works as a civil engineer within our Strategic Alliance infrastructure.

Lorna’s story shows the impact successful work experience can have on young people as they reflect on their future choices.

Lewis Stanley, one of the students in this year’s program, said:

It was a very good experience. I have a background in film and media, so I enjoyed talking to people who work in the engineering field to understand the work they do.

If you are interested in engineering, I would definitely recommend this program, especially if you are studying science and design/technology.

There is a lot to learn and the team explained how to get into engineering and the different routes to qualifications and jobs.

Simon Wittridge, Head of Project Functions, Sellafield Ltd said:

It really is an exceptional program and a great way to show the next generation the opportunities that are available to them – seeing young people take up opportunities like this is a highlight for me.

Mark Duffy, Head of Engineering Development and Education added:

This program is an excellent springboard for early career talent in the organization. Thanks to the structured delivery format that mimics the project delivery approach, participants have an engineering vision that brings their theoretical studies to life.

Next year, we hope to run the program over multiple vacation periods, increase opportunities for engagement, and open the program to more students.

We also plan to work with other functions within Sellafield Ltd to expand the reach of our programme.

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