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Engineering & Maintenance Summer Placement 2024

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DEADLINE 24th November 2023
Cumbria | Sellafield
£16,000 - £23,000

Embark on an exhilarating 10-week summer placement with us, designed to equip you with invaluable skills and experiences that will not only enrich your academic journey when you return to university after the summer break but also set you on a path towards a bright future. Your summer adventure awaits!

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.

Summer Placements

We’re on the lookout for dynamic students ready to embrace real responsibilities, tackling major projects that directly impact our present challenges and future mission. You’ll be at the forefront of business-critical tasks, receiving comprehensive training and unwavering support from our passionate Sellafield Ltd community.

Our 10-week Summer Placement (SP) Scheme isn’t just an opportunity; it’s a gateway to gaining substantial industry insights. Plus, following a successful placement with us, you could unlock an offer to join our graduate development programme when you have completed your studies.

We understand that your university requirements are important, and rest assured, our support network is well-prepared to accommodate them as we tailor your scope of work.

As the Summer Placement Scheme and Graduate Development Scheme seamlessly align, our Graduate and Student Development Team hosts a select number of exclusive events that are open to SPs.

Engineering & Maintenance Summer Placement: Sellafield, Cumbria.

As a Summer Placement Student within the Engineering & Maintenance Profession, you will spend 10 weeks in Central Reliability, Plant facing or Equipment Programme area. This will support you in developing technical knowledge and behavioural skills.

Your performance will be tracked with regular check ins.

You will feel strong sense of inclusion from day 1 of joining your team. You will be given the opportunity to get involved in projects, or roles in parallel to the work you deliver in your placements, give back to the community through social impact and STEM activities, and work on your personal development.

The work you will be involved in, is directly aligned to UK SPEC supporting progression towards EngTech and IEng. You will be provided with a professionally registered Technical Mentor who will support you not only on summer placement, but throughout your career at Sellafield Ltd, should you return as a Graduate Trainee.

To learn more about our Engineering & Maintenance profession visit:

We are looking for

  • Students currently enrolled at university studying to towards a degree in the following subjects: Engineering disciplines including Chemical/Process, Civil, Electrical and Mechanical.
  • Those working towards achieving a 2:2 classification or above.
  • Those with a strong commitment to personal and professional development.
  • Candidate with excellent communication and teamwork skills.
  • Those with enthusiasm to learn about the nuclear industry and contribute to the Sellafield mission.
  • Preference for students who will be heading into their final year of study following completion of the placement, but not essential.

Please note: Working at Sellafield Ltd requires you to achieve both security and medical clearance throughout the on-boarding process.

What you will receive in return

For Summer Placement students your competitive salary will be dependent on what age you are when you join us and be pro rata over the 10 weeks you’re with us. You’ll also receive holiday allowance that reflects your length of employment with us.

  • Ages 18-20: £16,000 pro-rata
  • Ages 21-22: £22,000 pro-rata
  • Ages 23 and over: £23,000 pro-rata

Following a successful summer placement with us, you may secure a place on our well-respected graduate programme before you have even completed your degree.

Key information

Applications for our placement programmes will close on 24th November

Online assessments and video interview stages will take place throughout November, December, and January.

*Please note, if you are unable to attend a virtual assessment during these months you may be unable to complete our application process.

Expected start date: June/July 2024.

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.

You are advised to regularly check your emails (including any junk mail/spam folders) for correspondence related to this post, including assessment or interview invitations and any other type of correspondence relating to your application.

Before you start your application

We encourage you to complete our immersive, realistic preview into the life of a placement student 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.


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DEADLINE 24th November 2023