Sellafield Ltd, the company responsible for cleaning up Europe’s most complex nuclear site, has been named as one of the best graduate employers in the UK.
The Job Crowd ‘Top 100 Graduate Employers’ list covers all industries and sectors, with the only qualifying criteria being that a firm must take on more than 30 graduates each year to be eligible for consideration – placing Sellafield Ltd in a category alongside major national and multi-national companies.
Rankings are based on thousands of reviews gathered independently by the Job Crowd from employees who have taken positions on company graduate schemes. The list is aimed at informing university students who are about to graduate which companies offer the best schemes and potential career development.
Sellafield Ltd, a Nuclear Management Partners company, ranked 27th, ahead of companies like Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls Royce, BT and Tesco.
Colin Reed, Director of Human Resources at Sellafield Ltd said: “One of Sellafield Ltd’s most important investments is in the skills and development of the next generation of professionals.
“The nuclear industry is entering an exciting phase, decommissioning the UK’s nuclear legacy will take at least the next 100 years; this creates a real opportunity for graduates looking to carve out a successful career in a growing sector, for many year to come.
“Being recognised as one of the best graduate employers in the UK demonstrates the commitment Sellafield Ltd shows towards developing the skills and knowledge of those who have graduated, helping them to succeed as a professional expert in their chosen discipline.”
Over the past three years Sellafield Ltd has more than doubled the number of graduates it recruits, from 30 places in 2011/12 to 62 in 2013/2014. This, coupled with two successive record apprentice intakes, is contributing to make the site and local area a more vibrant place to live and work.
Graduate development lead, Clare Bainbridge, said: “We are delighted to have made this prestigious list. The graduate market is very competitive and companies need to run great schemes in order to get the best people applying each year.
“Sellafield is a great place to start your career, and clearly those taking part in the scheme agree. Nuclear is a growth industry, and the important, challenging work we are undertaking at the site is so diverse that graduates really can build a rewarding career here in a secure, stable environment.
“We are always looking to improve the scheme, and one of the most pleasing things written in the reviews was that we’d made changes based on feedback from previous years’ intakes.”
“Of course – graduates enjoyment of a scheme is not just based on the scheme itself directly, but also on how well we work with recruits to help them settle into the company and the area. For example we do a lot of work to help ensure they know how important Sellafield is in the local community by getting them involved. This year the graduates helped Copeland Occupational and Social Centre at Maryport to renovate their gardens as well as tidying the grounds of Whitehaven cemetery.”
Dale McQueen, joint winner of Sellafield Ltd’s ‘Graduate of the Year’, said: “The company has been really receptive of our ideas to improve the graduate scheme, and works with us to make us part of the process.
“It is no surprise that we have been ranked in the top 30 graduate employers – the work on offer is challenging and varied, the location is second to none and there’s a great work-life balance. Put simply – it’s a great place to work.”
A number of other companied who work on the Sellafield site also made the top 100, including URS, a partner in Sellafield Ltd’s parent body organisation Nuclear Management Partners. Supply chain companies including Mace Limited, Costain Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall, Atos and Mott MacDonald.