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With lots of concerns about climate change and the reliability of some sources of renewable energy we are still very reliant on nuclear power. Nuclear power produces about 19% of the UK’s power from 16 reactors around the country.

Careers in nuclear energy offer challenging but very rewarding work with competitive salaries and opportunities for progression.

There is also big business in decommissioning which is when the power plants are closed down to ensure they are safe when their lifetime is over.

Sizewell in Suffolk is the location of two separate nuclear power stations, the Magnox Sizewell A which is currently being decommissioned and has stopped producing electricity and the Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) Sizewell B which is operated by EDF Energy and employs approx 520 full time staff plus over 250 full time contract partners. There are also plans to build a third nuclear power station at the site which will become Sizewell C.

In addition there are companies in this country that use nuclear power to drive things that you might not think of… such as submarines, so there are many interesting areas a career in this sector could take you!

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Chemistry Apprenticeship
Closing Date:
24th January 2021
Salary:
£17,821
Location:
Nr Leiston, Suffolk
During the course of this 4-year Degree Apprenticeship, you’ll learn from our industry-leading experts and gain valuable experience, whilst studying for a BSc Degree in Chemistry. You can expect on-the-job training and the kind of practical experience you simp...
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Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship - 2021 recruitment now live!
Closing Date:
24th January 2021
Salary:
£11,551
Location:
Nr Leiston, Suffolk
At the end of your apprenticeship the doors will open to the larger organisation. If you want to progress up the career ladder, you can take on people management responsibilities and develop into a maintenance team leader. Or you can choose the technical route...
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EDF Nuclear Engineer Degree Apprenticeship
Closing Date:
24th January 2021
Salary:
£17,821 a year with annual pay increases
Location:
Sizewell B ; Hinkley Point C, Suffolk or Somerset
Nuclear Engineer Degree ApprenticeshipAt EDF, we’re big on supporting people as they set out on their career. Over four years, you’ll learn from experts, gaining valuable experience while studying for a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering. You can expec...
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EDF Nuclear Business Apprenticeship
Closing Date:
24th January 2021
Salary:
£12,000 a year with annual pay increases
Location:
Bristol
Nuclear Business ApprenticeshipEnrolling onto a Nuclear Business Apprenticeship with EDF will offer you the opportunity to spend two years earning whilst gaining high-quality work-based training and a recognised qualification. OverviewDuring your Apprenticeshi...
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EDF Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship
Closing Date:
24th January 2021
Salary:
£11,551 a year with annual pay increases
Location:
Torness, Heysham, Hartlepool, Sizewell B or Hinkley Point C, Somerset
Engineering Maintenance ApprenticeshipDuring your apprenticeship you’ll be looking to make an impact – using your skills, knowledge and passion to achieve great things. So how about taking on the challenge of beating climate change? Being Britain’s biggest gen...
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EDF Project Controls Apprenticeship
Closing Date:
24th January 2021
Salary:
£15,000 first-year basic pay which grows with experience
Location:
Hinkley Point C, Somerset
Project Controls ApprenticeshipOur three-year Project Controls Apprenticeship offers the opportunity to kick-start your career working on one of the most exciting projects for a generation: Hinkley Point C in Somerset. OverviewThe first new nuclear power stati...
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