Nuclear Facility Operator

24 month programme

What is a Nuclear Facility Operator?

A nuclear operator is responsible for the hands-on operation of plant systems and equipment on a nuclear facility. The operator will be trained in procedures for dealing with the handling and disposal of radiological and hazardous waste, plant control and monitoring, sampling operations, environmental controls, radioactive discharges, emergencies and other plant systems such as ventilation, steam and cooling water.

What will I be doing?

This role is quite diverse as it can be control room based which involves monitoring plant conditions, following procedures and responding to alarms via systems and computers, to more hands-on work, such as sampling activities and decommissioning redundant equipment with tools. You will be following documented instructions for nearly all aspects of work. You will typically be working in teams of ten to twelve colleagues from diverse backgrounds. The roles are physically demanding and do require you to wear personal protective equipment and respiratory equipment (such as full PVC suit, gloves and respirators) whilst working in a range of conditions i.e. hot, cold and or in confined spaces.

What do I need to consider?

This is a two-year scheme whereby for the first 6 months year you will receive training and following 18 months you will be working at the Sellafield Ltd site and attending college one day per week to obtain a Level 2 Apprentice accreditation.

As an integral part of your apprenticeship your progress will be monitored and assessed against government standard requirements. You will compile an evidence folder, demonstrating your areas of learning with accredited certificates of completion for elements of your training. Within the last six months of your apprenticeship you will undertake an assessment by an independently appointed organisation, where you will be expected to clearly demonstrate your capability to perform as a Nuclear Operator.

You will be working shift patterns which can involve working weekends and at times unsociable hours.

Where will my training be delivered?

First 6 months – Sellafield based apprentices: Training is delivered at our local off-site training facility.

Last 18 months – Start Sellafield Skills Centre on a pre-site ready programme then placed in operating units throughout the business to continue your training and apprenticeship. You will be continually monitored and assessed during your training.

What qualifications will I obtain?

  • Level 2 ST0291 Nuclear Operative
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Processing Industries Operations Process Operations

 *Specific qualifications are subject to change and replaced with an equivalent

What are the entry requirements?

  • Minimum age of 18 by 1st February 2023 in-line with health and safety requirements.
  • Minimum of 3 GCSEs Grade 4 (Grade C) in Mathematics, English Language & 1 Science or Engineering subject.
  • Functional Skills Level 2 will also be considered as equivalent to GCSE Grade 4 (Grade C). Other equivalent qualifications may be considered.

What are the requirements to do the role?

  • The roles can be physically demanding
  • You will be required to wear personal protective equipment and respiratory equipment (such as full PVC suit, gloves and respirators)
  • The work will involve working in a range of conditions i.e. hot, cold and or in confined spaces.

Additional Requirements

  • Candidates will be required to achieve appropriate security and medical clearances; these will be instigated on receiving a conditional offer of employment.

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