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Radiological Protection 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 Radiological Protection graduate opportunities within Nuclear Restoration Services, part of NDA group, based at an NRS site or office, with locations around the UK.


Nuclear Restoration Services (NRS), one of the NDA group’s operating companies, is decommissioning a fleet of first-generation nuclear sites within the UK. It also operates a 29 MW(e) hydro-electric plant in North Wales. Within the next few years NRS will also begin to decommission the UK’s second generation of commercial reactors,  Advanced Gas Reactors (AGRs), currently owned and operated by EDF Energy.

We require graduates to join our Radiological Protection Graduate Training Scheme. The principle aim of the scheme is to guide the graduate through the process of appointment as an Accredited Health Physicist over a two-year period. This will be achieved by completion of taught technical and on-job training. The graduate shall complete either the AURPO (Association of University Radiation Protection Officers) certificate or the UKHSA (UK Health Security Agency) Radiological Protection Training Scheme courses. These courses are industry recognised as the core technical knowledge requirement for achieving a certificate of competence as an RPA (Radiation Protection Adviser).

The NRS challenge requires enthusiastic recruits to join our exciting mission!

The opportunity

This programme offers graduates the opportunity to gain experience in Radiological Protection. You will get the opportunity to:

  • Train as an Accredited Health Physicist and be supported in the production of a portfolio for attaining a certificate of competence as an RPA.
  • Be supported in gaining membership of the SRP (Society for Radiological Protection) and attend their annual conference at least once over the two-year scheme.
  • Complete two ‘mini-projects’ as part of the scheme, gaining experience of managing delivery of a project, in addition to controlled stakeholder engagement and establishing relationships within NRS.
  • At the end of the scheme, be in a position with sufficient knowledge and experience to be put forward for an Accreditation interview.

Be part of an exciting and expanding nuclear decommissioning industry and forward-looking organisation. Engineering delivery is at the heart of our future strategy, so it’s crucial that we get it right. We must continue to strengthen and grow the capability of our business to ensure we deliver against our mission to safely, securely and cost-effectively clean up some of the UK’s oldest nuclear sites and shortly begin to decommission the UK second generation stations.

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.

Company Benefits

  • 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