Graduate Scheme

Make it Big With a Cavendish Graduate Scheme

The Nuclear Industry is currently undergoing a period of transformational change from decommissioning legacy facilities at Dounreay, Magnox, and Sellafield to building the UKs first new nuclear power plant in over 20 years and supporting Fusion research.

As the UK’s leading nuclear services company, we are at the forefront of this change delivering complex projects across the whole of the nuclear lifecycle. We are at the heart of innovation. With ambitious plans for growth at home and abroad, we are looking for new graduates to bring their technical and interpersonal skills to the table. Joining a wide range of current graduates, there has never been a more exciting time to join the team.

Our Graduate Schemes

Our graduate programme is 4 years long for our engineering and science graduates and 2 years for our Commercial graduates.

Over the first 2 years of the programme you will undertake a range of placements of around 3-6 months, across the business. This could mean working in Bristol, Leicester, Warrington, Cumbria and London or on any of our many power stations up and down the country! You will be assigned a home location but expect to move around as this is the only way to gain experience and kick start your career with Cavendish Nuclear. There could also be opportunities to move around the wider Babcock Group. You will gain practical experience alongside some true experts and learning valuable technical skills. The placements that you undertake are designed to help you meet the competencies required by the various professional institutes to ensure you are continuously learning and building your breadth of experience.

At Cavendish Nuclear we have a set of eight principles which outline the behaviours that we expect from all our employees. We are looking for graduates that demonstrate these in everything they do:

  • Respect people and value their diversity
  • Always strive to deliver
  • Build great relationships based on trust
  • Thrive on complexity
  • Challenge ourselves and each other
  • Safeguard customers’ reputations
  • Trust our people to deliver
  • Never compromise on Safety

Read About Some of Our Graduate Schemes:

You could be involved in anything from design and planning of new plant, through operations and maintenance of power plant, decommissioning, waste management, fuel handling to Nuclear new build. Civil engineering graduates could be designing cutting edge structures that help to push forward the boundaries of the UK’s Nuclear Industry.

As a Physics graduate you could be providing radiological instrumentation, safety hazard analysis or specialist measurements of on-site nuclear material.

Our Procurement and Supply Chain function is accountable for managing and governing external spend within our supply chain. Cavendish Nuclear work with suppliers who share our commitment to health, safety and quality standards and we expect that products and services are delivered in ways that support these high standards and maintain our excellent reputation with our customers. The function takes a strategic approach to delivering the business objectives and deliverables having to constantly adapt to varying customer requirements, responding to changes in the market and satisfying additional influencing factors, requires a flexible and dynamic team. If you enjoy working in an environment that is varied, challenging and integral to business operations, then this Graduate scheme is the perfect opportunity for you.

As part of the Commercial Graduate programme you will complete a series of nine month placements: Business Winning, Commercial, Commercial Projects and Procurement and Supply Chain, with optional short placements in; Finance, Legal and Trade Controls. This will be complemented by the Graduate Development programme and enrolment with the International Association of Commercial and Contract Management (IACCM). The programme  is designed to give you maximal exposure within the business and develop you into a future leader.