Each year, Sellafield Ltd advertise vacancies for multiple Advanced Engineering Design Apprenticeships (Mechanical, Electrical, Civil and Structural) through their Nuclear Engineering Design Apprenticeship scheme at the Risley site. They require bright, articulate and enthusiastic people to join their design team, who will then be trained in all aspects of design/engineering, and follow a fully accredited apprenticeship route.

Over 100 people of all ages completed the rigorous and detailed application form and were whittled down and invited to interview where, following on from our achievements last year, two of the interviewees were Culcheth High School’s very own Year 11 students, Sam Rowsell and Emily Bacon!

Emily and Sam’s interview process consisted of a full-day assessment and a formal interview at Risley. Here, applicants were asked to provide evidence of their previous work relating to engineering and design (Sam was able to discuss his GCSE Resistant Materials experience and take examples of his GCSE Engineering work, while Emily could show off her GCSE Engineering work) and judged on their commitment to and passion for engineering.

After an anxious wait, we were exuberant to learn that Emily and Sam have provisionally achieved one of the highly coveted placements. Asked about the experience, both said, “It was very nerve-wracking but I planned and researched as much as I could, and a mock interview offered by Sellafield really helped me prepare for the real thing”. Well done Emily and Sam!!

Even More Engineering Success

Matthew Hampson is another determined engineering student who was put on the Sellafield reserve list but, this was not good enough for Matthew, so he applied to other engineering institutions. Matthew was able to take along examples of his engineering expertise and has been award with an apprenticeship by Cavendish Nuclear. This is another example of the dedication and aspirational calibre of our Year 11 students. Well done Matthew!!

It is a fantastic opportunity for Emily, Sam and Matthew and an excellent opportunity to earn, whilst receiving first-class career development from leading Nuclear Management companies in the UK. It is a testament Emily, Sam and Matthew’s hard work, dedication and effort and we wish them the very best for the remainder of their studies and for the fantastic career ahead of them!

Students interested in an apprenticeship can visit the national apprenticeship website www.apprenticeships.org.uk and can access support through Mrs Morris, Careers Adviser, in school.