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500 new jobs at Sellafield

Five hundred new jobs – mainly for locals – are on the way at Sellafield.

Sellafield site aerial photo

The news comes as a boost in Copeland as the area struggles to cope with the effects of public spending cuts.

The jobs are largely shopfloor posts to support urgent decommissioning work on higher hazard areas of the site.

Energy minister John Hayes will make an official announcement today but it can be revealed that all the jobs are new, permanent and largely meant for local people.

Ranging from process to skilled workers, the jobs cover general operations, craft, maintenance, safety and technical specialists, health physics, systems engineers, engineers and maintenance support through to “functions” personnel.

Around 100 will be for new apprentices and technical trainees.

Copeland council leader Elaine Woodburn said it was “a win-win” for the area.

“The jobs will provide a major boost for Copeland, an early Christmas present. They will help ensure the plant is dealing with the biggest hazards.

“It’s pleasing that the jobs include apprentice positions, which will help address youth unemployment concerns.”

Copeland MP Jamie Reed said: “It’s a tremendous boost. The vast majority of people in our area will be delighted as I am.

“Nuclear is not the only game in town but well-paid employment in any industry is a positive step and will help attract investment in other areas.”

Some of the 500 posts will be specifically to support the decommissioning of Calder Hall.

It is hoped most of the jobs will be filled by the spring although it will be an ongoing 12-month process.

Sellafield Ltd will now be able to bring forward more of the NDA’s crucial work in reducing high hazards on the site.

Funding to create the jobs has been made possible  through £700 million worth of efficiencies in a programme led by Nuclear Management Partners, the site’s parent body organisation.

Energy minister Mr Hayes will announce the jobs at the Nuclear Industry Association’s annual Energy Choices conference at Central Hall, Westminster. Jobs will be advertised locally.

There will be some specialist roles for which people will be expected to be trained up, but others where training will be given. The jobs will be advertised locally with the emphasis on local recruitment, it is stressed.

A deal which will see about 20 Sellafield staff transferred to work in the Copeland Borough Council’s offices in Whitehaven soon after Christmas was finalised this week.

Neither Sellafield Ltd nor the council will disclose financial details due to “commercial confidentality”.

Have your say

Why do they have to be local, surely this is discrimination?? if your qualifications and skills match and you are willing to move i would rather they beemployed than some of the locals...who may not fit the bill...

Posted by Dave Smith on 7 December 2012 at 15:34

Whilst I am happy to see jobs coming to the area, I am not sure there is any value for money for me an ordinary tax payer. I have four friends who started working for Sellafield Ltd in recent years , Health Physics, Process and Admin, all tell a similar story. They didn't believe the stories about the place before they started but the reality is they could do their jobs in half the time and get bored with the lack of meaningful work. I have no doubt there are some staff there do a full days work but many do not.

Posted by ATaxPayer on 7 December 2012 at 13:28

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