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Digital and IT Graduate 2024

We’re the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) group, delivering one of the world’s most important environmental programmes to decommission the UK’s earliest nuclear facilities.

Our group is responsible for 17 nuclear sites in all parts of the UK, together with specialist nuclear waste and international transport businesses. And our work is growing, with more facilities joining us to be decommissioned in the next decade.

Sustainability, safety, and security are at the heart of our long-term mission to prepare our sites for their next use, work which spans into the next century. 

As an NDA group graduate, you’ll get the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution towards the delivery of our nationally important mission. During our two-year graduate programme, you’ll take part in three placements in different parts of the NDA group. You’ll start with a 12-month placement, before completing two six-month opportunities. In exchange for your contribution, you’ll be supported at the end of the programme to secure a role in the NDA group.

We have a number of Digital & IT graduate opportunities within the NDA group, for the initial 12-month secondment, with offices and sites around the UK. Over the two-year programme, Digital & IT graduates will have the opportunity to rotate around Digital, IT and Cyber teams across the group.

Our group-wide Security & Corporate Services teams are at the cutting edge of technology, using Cyber, Digital, and AI to drive the NDA group forward. We're constantly innovating to find new ways to improve our operations, deliver to our customers, and maximise the impact of our mission.

We're working on some of the most challenging and interesting projects in the world, from developing new AI-powered systems to improve our risk management to creating digital solutions to streamline our supply chain. We're passionate about using technology to make a difference, and we're proud to be part of a world-leading team.

Join us and be a part of our exciting journey to the future of technology!

The opportunity

  • Help to identify and assess the latest Digital/AI technologies that could be used to improve the NDA group's operations.
  • This could involve staying up-to-date on the latest trends and developments in the field, conducting research on specific technologies, and evaluating their potential impact on the NDA group.
  • Assist with the implementation and deployment of new Digital/AI technologies. This could involve working on projects to develop new systems or applications, integrate new technologies with existing systems, and train staff on how to use new technologies.
  • Monitor and evaluate the performance of existing Digital/AI systems and processes.
  • This could involve collecting data on system performance, identifying areas for improvement, and developing and implementing recommendations for improvement.
  • Participate in cross-functional teams to support IT strategies and roadmaps.
  • This could involve working with other teams, such as risk/finance, operations, and HR, to develop a shared understanding of the Group's ICT needs and to support plan development to meet those needs.
  • To develop and apply knowledge of Microsoft Technology and automation tools to help improve organisational performance
  • Work within wider teams, specialising within the use of cloud analytics and focused on analysis of system information

In addition to these specific tasks, graduates could also support the function in a variety of other ways, such as:

  • Conducting research on industry best practices
  • Developing and delivering presentations and training materials
  • Writing and editing technical documentation
  • Assisting with the development and implementation of new IT policies and procedures

Working in this function would provide a graduate with the opportunity to gain experience in a wide range of Digital/AI technologies and to play a key role in helping the NDA group to maintain its world-leading capabilities in this area.

We are particularly interested in candidates with the following degrees subjects and/or related subjects:

  • Computer Science/Computing
  • Cyber Security
  • Digital Forensics
  • Information Technology
  • Software Engineering
  • Data Protection Law and Information Governance

Throughout your two-year journey on the NDA group graduate programme you will be employed by Energus whilst being supported by an industry leading sponsoring organisation. 

At the end of your two-year programme, you will be supported in securing a role with the NDA group.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:2 in a relevant degree subject, achieved within the last 5 years
  • Candidates need to have the right to work for the duration of the 2 year programme. Any offers will be conditional upon satisfactory right to work checks
  • Successful completion of security clearance checks
  • Applicants must be willing and able to travel and relocate. Energus head office is based in Workington, Cumbria, however role locations will vary dependent on sponsor location.

Recruitment stages 

The recruitment and selection process consists of the following stages:

  • Online application form - please complete all required sections of the application to ensure this is submitted successfully.
  • Online assessments & videos - throughout your recruitment journey you will be invited to complete online assessments which may contain video elements.
  • Assessment centre – these will be delivered face to face and will involve various activities, alongside insightful information around the nuclear industry and our programme.
  • Offer - following our assessment centres, we aim to issue outcomes within two weeks. Successful candidates will begin their exciting journey as a NDA group graduate, working with our dedicated Energus People & Skills team to complete security paperwork ahead of starting the programme in September 2024.
  • Onboarding - we welcome all our graduates ahead of the start date, through social media groups and welcome sessions, ensuring you are prepared, and any support required is in place, providing you with the best start to your exciting future as a NDA group graduate.

Face-to-face assessment centres will take place week commencing 3rd March 2024. If you are invited to an assessment centre and unable to attend, unfortunately you may be unable to complete the selection process.

We encourage you to regularly check emails (including any junk mail/spam folders) throughout the selection process, all correspondence including selection invitation will be sent via email.


  • Salary £30,000 per year
  • £5,500 individual travel budget
  • £3,500 flexible individual training budget
  • £9,900 core training & development
  • Access to three secondments to give you experience across the breadth of the UK nuclear sector
  • A dedicated team of experts to support your development and progress throughout your time on the programme
  • A sponsor company lead to provide you with day-to-day support during your programme and with your secondments
  • A dedicated mentor, assigned to you upon starting the programme who will stay with you throughout your NDA group graduate journey
  • A comprehensive, tailored programme of professional development
  • The support of a dedicated NDA group graduate programme team throughout the two years of your graduate programme. As Mental Health First Aiders the team are fully equipped to assist you through your NDA group graduate journey
  • 25 days annual leave, plus bank holidays
  • 6 discretionary days leave for study and relocation
  • Energus contributory pension scheme
  • Energus Employee Assistance Programme and DigiCare+
  • EnergUS Extras, providing in-house news, wellbeing resources and employee discounts
  • Membership of up to 2 professional institutions
  • Access to an independent Employee Assistance Programme service offering a 24/7 support line
  • Opportunity to participate in our Cycle2Work Scheme
DEADLINE 14th January 2024