I started as a Mechanical Apprentice Technician and as I have now qualified, I have moved to the Operations Department.
"I work in shifts, with the Fuel Route Operations Team and this involves assembling and working with fuel and monitoring parts of the nuclear reactors on site. My Typical Day - I work two 12h Day shifts, two 12h Night shifts and 5 days off. My team comprises of 8 Operational Technicians, a Deputy Team Leader, a Team Leader and an Engineer.
When I came to college, I had engineering in mind, but not the operations side. Whilst attending Kendal I was in a 4-year apprenticeship with EDF Energy, my third and fourth years were spent on-site and studying towards an HNC at Kendal.
At the end of my apprenticeship, I was offered a job in Operations instead of Maintenance. It was a surprise and a difficult change, but it was worthwhile.
I like the shift pattern as I can fit family commitments easily. I love working with a range of people from different backgrounds. I know I am fortunate to have a ‘job for life’ in the nuclear industry, this makes me very grateful for my apprenticeship, education and career."