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University and business partnership brings graduates into energy sector

Published: Tuesday, 20 December 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

A partnership between a nuclear power plant and Lancaster University is recruiting talented graduates into the energy sector.

Heysham 2, which is operated by EDF Energy, has seen technology and science students from the university enjoy one year paid internships at the power plant.

The Lancaster University and EDF Energy Placement Scheme sees students from various disciplines, including engineering, chemistry, continuous improvement and environmental safety, all working at the power station.

A number of students have gone on to secure full time roles at EDF following their time working at the power plant – which is the only site in the UK to have two operating nuclear power stations.

Emily Richards, who graduated from Lancaster in 2015 with a degree in environmental science, has now become a health physics graduate at EDF after working in the radiological protection team on-site at Heysham.

The aim of the placements is to give graduates the opportunity to experience life working in the energy sector and to inspire them to take up full-time roles.

Experience life at other stations

Those that are taken on full-time get technical training at EDF Energy’s engineering headquarters in Barnwood, Gloucester, and are then offered the opportunity to work at a number of other stations as well.

Ian Haines, Fuel Route Manager for Heysham 2, believes there are commercial benefits to working closely with Lancaster University and offering opportunities to graduates.

“An increasing number of our current employees are approaching retirement and with nuclear new build now a reality it’s vital that the specialist knowledge to safely operate and maintain a nuclear power plant is retained,” he explained.

With Lancaster University located so close to the site it made sense for EDF to forge a strong partnership that not only benefits them but also the graduates they work with.

This is the third year of work with the university and the number of connections from industrial placements, to work with post-graduate research students is increasing each year.

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