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Work Experience Programme 2018 - Preston

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Job Introduction

National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) is an exciting place to work and develops understanding at the cutting edge of science and engineering in the nuclear industry. We always aim to exceed expectations when it comes to protecting the environment, preventing accidents, supporting skills and investing in education. In fact, we’re tasked by the Government to preserve the future of the nuclear industry, through training, development and support for young people – and our own people too.

NNL’s A709 facility (known as Preston Laboratory) is located near Preston on the Springfields nuclear site. The facility consists of offices, active and non-active laboratories, and rig hall space. The facility provides unique science and engineering capabilities to support activities from across the nuclear fuel cycle.

What will I do as part of the programme?

The work experience week has been designed to give you an idea of what it is like to work in the nuclear industry. During the week, you will work as part of a team to undertake a project which will cover activities across the different areas and disciplines at NNL. After the project work has been completed you will have the opportunity to present your findings and conclusions in front of a small audience.

Talks will be given by industry experts on a wide range of topics to help you learn more about our industry. You will also get to experience tours around the NNL laboratory and of different facilities on the Springfields site.

Additionally you will have the chance to talk to graduates and apprentices, exploring the different career paths available to you across the nuclear industry. To enhance your employability the week will also include a practice assessment centre and a Q&A session with members of NNL's Early Careers Team.

The Ideal Candidate

As part of our work experience programme we provide opportunities for students at both GCSE and A-Level/BTEC. If you would like to be considered for a place on our programme you must be:

  • On track to achieve 5 GCSE's A-C (New Grading 9-4) including Maths & English.


  • You will be on track to achieve A-Levels at a Pass mark minimum or a BTEC at a Pass grade.

We’re looking for people who want to succeed and have the commitment and motivation to get there. People who ask questions to learn more and understand about our industry.

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