Nuclear waste management specialist Sellafield will take on 121 apprentices to encourage young people into the nuclear industry

Nuclear waste specialist Sellafield takes on 121 apprentices

Cumbria-based nuclear-waste management specialist Sellafield has accepted 121 apprentices guaranteeing a permanent-job offer to those who finish the course.

Starting next week, the 16 to 18-year-old students will embark on the three-and-a-half-year programme at the nuclear reprocessing site responsible for cleaning up and decommissioning the Windscale nuclear reactor, as well as recycling fuel and handling nuclear waste on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

"People often think of Sellafield and think that we are a decommissioning site which, by definition, should be winding down,” said Sellafield managing director Tony Price.

"But the reality is that cleaning up the UK's nuclear legacy, some of which dates back to the Cold War, will take decades to complete, which means there are jobs and opportunities here for many years to come.”

The shortage of skilled workers and nuclear experts has been highlighted recently in connection with UKs aging nuclear submarine. Sellafield has now decided to take the matter into their hands and try to attract youth to the profession.

"This is a record intake for us but apprentice numbers have increased over the last five years, and will continue to," Price said.

Skills minister Matthew Hancock commented on the news: "Apprenticeship programmes like this will help us to build a skilled workforce while also providing young people with the opportunity to forge a career in a growing sector."

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