Work in Nuclear: Virtual Work Experience at Dounreay Site Ltd – Speakers for Schools

Work in Nuclear: Virtual Work Experience at Dounreay Site Ltd

Work in Nuclear: Virtual Work Experience at Dounreay Site Ltd

Age: 14-19

Duration: 5 days

Industry: Energy/Utilities

Application deadline: 20/05/2022

Dates: 27/05/2022 – 01/06/2022

Times: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Note – please do not share this opportunity with anyone outside of the specified age range for this placement as they will be ineligible to apply

Back by popular demand! A fantastic opportunity to attend a 5 week VWEX session created and lead by young graduates and apprentices from Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd. Open to students across the UK, with places to be prioritised to those attending Thurso, Wick and Farr High School in Scotland.

Dounreay is one of the first experimental nuclear reactors in the UK. For more than 50 years, it has been known as the UK centre of fast reactor research, and now it is widely recognised as Europe’s most complex nuclear closure programme.

During the 5 week programme, you will get the chance to speak with professionals across a broad range of disciplines and learn about what it is like to work at Dounreay. With support and guidance from Dounreay staff, you`ll take part in a group project which will involve developing, planning and building a waste disposal facility with the opportunity to find out about the following areas:

  • Business (Finance, Accounting and HR)
  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Health and Safety
  • Assurance
  • Strategy and Planning

During the work experience, you will build unique skills that are highly sought after by universities, apprenticeships and organisations. This programme will give insight into the range of Graduate and Apprenticeship opportunities and roles available within the nuclear sector.

The programme will run on the following dates:

Friday 27 May: 2 – 4.00pm

Friday 3 June: Homework Task (Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday)

Friday 10 June: 2 – 3.30pm

Friday 17 June: 2 – 3.30pm

Friday 24 June: 2 – 3.30pm / 4pm (TBC)

Apprenticeships available at Dounreay this year: Current Vacancies | Dounreay (

Engineering Apprentices (Mechanical, Electrical, Instrument): application deadline Friday 18th February

Business Apprentices: application deadline Friday 4th March

When applying, answer the following questions

  • Which of your skills would you like to improve?

More about what we do:

For 50 years, Dounreay has been known as the centre of UK research into fast reactors. Now, it is EuropeÕs most complex nuclear closure site. Our vision is to be recognised globally for decommissioning excellence and to support the development of young people in Caithness.

Skills/Experiences You Will Gain:

 Problem Solving
 Staying Positive

Apply here

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