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This Will Help You Get a Job in Nuclear

Are you familiar with the term Nuclear Safety Culture, do you understand the differences between the types of nuclear reactor or which body is responsible for nuclear regulation?

The nuclear industry is different to other construction sectors due to its unique technology, culture, regulation and the nuclear terminology used.

Nuclear - What Job Seekers Need to Know

In our e-book, "Understanding the Nuclear Industry - A Guide for Job Seekers” we highlight some of the key information engineers and construction professionals interested in a career in nuclear will be expected to know.

Nuclear is understandably different due to the potentially significant impacts of any error that occurs. This drives the need for greater levels of regulatory oversight, heightened security arrangements, a strict adherence to procedures, a focus on individual employee behaviours and more in-depth training, checking and contingency planning.

In order to achieve the expected standards of professionalism, the Nuclear Industry employ Suitably Qualified and Experienced People (SQEP), and train them to follow the procedures, achieve the right standards and display the right behaviours.

To successfully secure a job in nuclear it will be beneficial to have a good understanding of these differences and how the industry works.

Why Work in Nuclear

The opportunities in the UK Nuclear Energy Industry are significant with plans to develop 16GW of new nuclear power at 5 locations. This poses a significant resourcing challenge, creating up to 25,000 individual job opportunities on each of the 5 proposed sites. Hinkley Point C, the first of the proposed fleet of Nuclear New Build projects in the UK is touted to become one of Europe’s largest construction projects with a construction cost in the order of £18 billion.

The scale of the industry’s new build aspirations is driving a growing need to attract new people to the industry. With no nuclear energy plants having been built in the UK for over 20 years, the sector will need to reskill a new generation of engineering and construction professionals, attracting suitably qualified people from other sectors.

The factors expected to attract candidates include:

1.       The prestige associated with working on some of Europe’s largest projects, which will be seen as a standard of excellence within the construction industry and be viewed favourably by future employers.

2.       The employment stability, with typical construction durations between 7 and 10 years, a stated intent to retain employees during the construction phase, if necessary through retraining, and the potential of moving into the operations and maintenance teams.

3.       The potential of good rates of pay for candidates that meet the hiring criteria.

This article provides an overview of A2O People’s e-book, "Understanding the Nuclear Industry - A Guide for Job Seekers”.


Shane Keaney is a founding director of A2O People a specialist HR Services provider and Recruiter in the Nuclear, Energy, Water & Construction sectors.

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