Work Experience

In light of the current COVID-19 situation, we are currently reviewing our work experience programme. We will update this page when we have further information about our 2022 programme.

If you’re currently studying at school or college and have an interest in a STEM career, our work experience programme can offer you a real insight into the nuclear industry and the opportunity for you to learn more about future career paths for you.

Our programme is accredited at Silver Award by the Industrial Cadets Scheme – a national industry-led accreditation designed to enhance workplace experiences. Further information about the Industrial cadets and silver award can be found here:

Why should I consider work experience?

Work placements allow you to gain real hands-on experience in a work environment providing more insight into an industry, organisation and role. Employers also look to see if you have any work experience as part of any job applications, so any experience you do have will help you in the process of securing a job.

What does our work experience programme involve?

The work experience week has been designed to give you an idea of what it is like to work in the nuclear industry. During the week, you will work as part of a team to undertake a project which will cover activities across the different areas and disciplines at NNL. After the project work has been completed you will have the opportunity to present your findings and conclusions in front of a small audience. Talks will be given by industry experts on a wide range of topics to help you learn more about our industry. You will also be given a tour around NNL facilities and Labs. Additionally you will have the chance to talk to graduates and apprentices, exploring the different career paths available to you across the nuclear industry. To enhance your employability, the week will also include a practice assessment centre and a question and answer session with a members of NNL’s Early Careers Team.

Where does NNL’s work experience programme take place?

We currently run programmes at our Warrington, Preston and Workington sites. Unfortunately we are currently not running a programme at our southern facilities.

How long is the work experience for?

For all of our sites the work experience programme is for 1 week. Due to our industry we have a number of security regulations which does not allow us to provide experience for more than this period. However, we ensure that you gain a real insight into our business whilst you are here.

Am I eligible for the work experience programme?

As part of our work experience programme we provide opportunities for students at both GCSE and A-Level/BTEC. If you would like to be considered for a place on our programme you must be:

  • On track to achieve 5 GCSE’s A-C (New Grading 9-4) including Maths and English
  • You will be on track to achieve A-Levels at a Pass mark minimum or a BTEC at a Pass grade.