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Legal Services Summer Placement 2024

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DEADLINE 24th November 2023
£16,000 - £23,000

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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.

Legal Services Summer Placement: Risley Warrington.

We provide advice and assistance across the full spectrum of activities carried on at Sellafield: from ensuring regulatory compliance when carrying out work in the high hazard, radiologically controlled areas; to providing advice and assistance with tendering for multi-billion pound infrastructure projects in a compliant manner; to assisting the Board and the Executive deliver the Mission in a safe, secure and compliant manner.
Our legal team include specialists in commercial, employment, regulatory, planning, real estate and corporate governance. They deal with unique and challenging but rewarding work, which will not be found in any other in-house or private practice environment.

The scope may vary dependent on your experience or specialist practice areas, however you will be expected to work alongside the Legal Services team, helping them deliver high quality, pragmatic advice across the business, in to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority HM Government and stakeholders. Alongside this, our lawyers and support team are also expected to exhibit the correct behavioural attributes, have a questioning attitude and a good understanding of the basic legal principles across a variety of disciplines.

You will feel strong sense of inclusion from day 1 of joining our team. You will be given the opportunity to get involved in the delivery of client facing advice and assistance, as well as contributing to the wider Sellafield community of networks and initiatives, as well as working on your personal development.

We are looking for…

• Students currently enrolled at university studying to towards a law degree.
• Preference for those working towards a professional qualification (Solicitor or Barrister) and aiming to achieve 2:1 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