120 new jobs for youngsters at Sellafield
Last updated at 11:57, Thursday, 22 August 2013
SELLAFIELD is taking on 120 new apprentices – its highest number for 30 years.
It comes as a massive boost for youth employment in the area and has been warmly welcomed by the government.
Aged between 16 and 18, the young recruits will embark on a three-year training course, with nuclear industry jobs guaranteed if they come through with flying colours.
Sellafield’s new managing director, Tony Price, says there will be jobs on the site for many years ahead and a young local workforce is key.
Initial training will be done through GEN II at Lillyhall before the apprentices move on to the nuclear site.
The intake is a record for Sellafield Ltd which was set up in 2007 and the site’s biggest for three decades.
Copeland Council leader Elaine Woodburn said: “This is really positive news. We’ve long advocated the use of skills from the local area – Sellafield’s apprentice scheme does just that, setting our young people on the path to a skilled career in the energy sector.
“The opportunities that exist for young people who take part in the scheme are significant, especially when you consider the need for nuclear power stations to help us meet our future energy needs alongside the decommissioning work Sellafield is undertaking.
“The increase in the numbers on the apprentice scheme is a positive, one which we hope will continue year on year to ensure that the area’s skills-set matches the needs of our biggest employer.
“In doing this we are also ensuring that our young people are armed with the necessary skills they need for both the local labour market and much further afield.”
Mr Price said: “This is a record intake for the company but apprentice numbers have risen over the last five years and will continue to do so
“People often think of Sellafield and think that we are a decommissioning site which, by definition, should be winding down. However 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.
“That’s why we are keen to invest in a young, local workforce which will be essential to us going forward.
“Young people see the opportunity, not just in completing our existing mission of decommissioning the site. The industry itself is enjoying something of a renaissance with new reactors planned for sites around the country, and possible future opportunities in fuel manufacture.
“When you also consider that the skills these young people are learning are easily transferred across the energy sector, a Sellafield apprentice in 2013 really does have the world at his or her feet.”
Minister Matthew Hancock, who has responsibility for further education, skills and lifelong learning, said: “It’s fantastic news that Sellafield Ltd is providing opportunities for young people to get the skills they need for a career in the energy sector.
“Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to get the skills and training they need for sustainable careers where they’ll have the opportunity to earn a good wage.
“Big companies have a duty to train and develop local workforces. I’m delighted Sellafield Ltd is honouring its obligations by investing in a training programme which will not only benefit the company long term but which also provides opportunities for young people in the communities in which the company operates.”
For the first time Sellafield’s apprentices will be able to train for project management and health physics on top of electrical, mechanical and business skills.
Another eight new apprentices are being taken on by Sellafield Ltd at Risley, Cheshire.
First published at 11:10, Thursday, 22 August 2013
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk
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Mr. Vee: we are all pleased that after many years Sellafield, in their newfound enlightenment, have seen fit to start recruiting apprentices again.
You use the word 'cynical'. Is your word not derived from the word 'mismanagement' in this context? Did someone wake up one morning and think on the lines of, "very shortly we will run out of tradesmen (sorry, tradespersons)! Straight after my pancakes and maple syrup, I'll sort this out at work!"
Thankyou for sharing with us 'the truth', enlightenment is truly a wondrous phenomenon, not far removed from the beginning of '2001: A Space Odessy'.
Good luck to all.
Fantastic news for the area and to the lucky ones who land an Apprenticeship. Although i'm now 10,000 miles away I was one of the lucky ones in the 1986 intake, this has cheered my day up no end.Also great to see Tony being appointed into MD's position.
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