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Starting salary: £40,802, rising to £41,721 in your 2nd year on our graduate programme.

Annual bonus: On top your annual salary, you’ll have the opportunity to benefit from an annual bonus, linked to company performance, of up to £4000.

Locations: Positions available in West Cumbria. Plus, a £1,400 relocation allowance for those relocating from more than 30 miles away.

Are you ready to embark on a journey of growth and professional development? Join our Graduate Development Programme and experience two years of comprehensive support and opportunities to excel in your chosen field.

Who are we?

Seventy-five years ago, we helped to create the nation’s nuclear deterrent. Today, we’re using our unrivalled knowledge of nuclear to create a clean and safe environment for future generations.

In cleaning up the birthplace of the UK’s nuclear industry, we are once again generating growth and employment in West Cumbria, the North West of England and beyond.

Our 11,000 strong workforce is joined by more than 40,000 people from the best of the best in the nuclear supply chain, from small Cumbrian businesses to global market leaders. We need this diversity of thinking, of backgrounds, cultures and experiences.

The Graduate Programme

The Graduate Development Programme is a two-year initiative crafted to realize your potential as an industry professional. Whether your aspirations lean towards business leadership or technical specialization, our programme equips you for success in both realms.

You can expect

Structured Support: Throughout the two-year tenure, we will guide you towards achieving chartered status or other professional development. Our dedicated graduate development team will provide guidance and resources to facilitate your journey.

Diverse Placements: Gain exposure to various business areas through strategically designed placements. This experience will broaden your perspective and enhance your skill set.

Personalized Growth: Our programme is designed to bolster not only your technical proficiency within your discipline but also your understanding of the broader business landscape.

Behavioural Skills: Enhance your professional conduct through focused behavioural skill development. These skills are crucial for your effectiveness in a dynamic work environment.

Community and Support: Our thriving graduate community, overseen by elected representatives, fosters a sense of belonging. Engage in regular social activities that complement your hard work.

Additionally, you will be paired with a graduate buddy, offering peer support during your transition to professional life.

Control Systems at Sellafield Ltd

We are looking for graduates to join us who have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Control Systems, Electrical/Electronic and or Instrumentation Engineering.

You will need to have achieved a minimum of a 2:2 classification or above to meet our entry requirements.

Our positions based in West Cumbria (Sellafield site and surrounding offices) are within our Commissioning profession.

Commissioning is the act of bringing something newly produced into a working condition; Or in the Sellafield context: is the process of demonstrating that all systems and components of a building or industrial plant are designed, installed, tested, operated, and maintained according to the operational requirements of the plant owner and within the safety constraints of the relevant regulatory body.

Graduates will be assigned within several different project teams on a variety of nuclear projects during their two year graduate scheme period. The Commissioning Graduate will split their time between the office (writing test procedures and technical reports, planning work, analysing data, attending committees and inputting into various other project processes such as design and project support) and out on site/plant carrying out practical commissioning engineering tasks, such as executing tests, carrying out inspections and diagnosing and rectifying defects.

More information on our Commissioning profession and the typical roles and responsibilities can be found by visiting:


What you will receive in return

Our graduates start off with a 24-month fixed term contract, with an excellent starting salary of £40,802, rising to £41,721 in your second year with us. Following successful completion of your graduate programme and subject to there being a suitable vacancy you will be retained on permanent basis with us.

Other benefits include annual bonus of up to £4000, relocation allowance of £1400 subject to terms, interest free graduate loan option, 30 days annual leave with bank holidays on top and option to buy 2.5 more, attractive pension with company match up to 13.5% for 7% employee contribution. Plus many other benefits. More details can be found on our rewards & benefits pages.

Key information

Applications for our graduate programmes will close on 28th April 2024.

Our 2024 graduate cohort will join the company on the 30th September 2024.

Please note all applicants will be required to achieve security clearance before your offer will be confirmed.

Sellafield has a proud vision of Diversity & Inclusion that aims to attract candidates into an inclusive and supportive workplace. We are honoured to be recognised as a Level 3 Disability Confident Employer.

As users of the Disability Confident Scheme, you will be able to declare a disability when completing our application form or have the option to contact us directly should you require any assistance completing our application process.

Before you start your application

We encourage you to complete our immersive, realistic preview into the life of a Graduate at Sellafield before you start your application. Completing this preview will take less than 10 minutes and will help you understand both the type of challenges you may encounter, and if you’re likely to enjoy working here.

Visit: https://rjp.neurosight.ai/enc/GstpeCB9sNwskEQJLRjkleH9htp8BRlQ-SZZpMoxgd8

*Please note – requires an iPhone updated to at least iOS 14, or an updated Android device. Also accessible on tablets or laptops – Chrome is the recommended browser, although Safari also works on iO4 14 or better.