Careers – Skills Required For The Nuclear Industry
More than 60,000 people are currently employed in the UK’s nuclear power sector. A further 40,000 jobs are created by the associated research, investment and development requirements of the industry. At each of our sites we expect to create up to 850 permanent jobs across a wide variety of roles.
From engineers to operational staff, to fill these new power station positions and operate to the highest industry standards we will need people with the right skills and talent. If you are keen to be involved, you can find out more about some of the positions we expect to become available and the types of training that will be required below.
Operational activities are essential to the day-to-day running of the plant. Operations staff run the reactors, steam turbines and ancillary plant on a shift rota. Entry requirements vary from those with practical experience to those with relevant degrees.
Engineering is vital for the safe operation of a nuclear power station and a new plant will require nuclear, mechanical, electrical and civil engineers as well as chemists, environmentalists and radiation specialists. A typical entry requirement for these roles would be a degree qualification but experience is often necessary too.
Maintenance staff provide support to the power station to ensure the smooth operation of the facility. Maintenance crews generally do not work shifts and will have a broad range of experience.
Support staff cover a variety of roles, such as human resources, finance and facilities management.
Tradespeople including caterers, cleaners, groundskeepers, painters, carpenters and security guards, provide important support at any power station. Often there are no specific entry requirements but some trades will require an appropriate level of skills.
For more information on skills and training visit our Futures Education and Useful Links pages.
In order to operate to the highest industry standards we will need people with the right skills and talent.