Partnership provides graduates with career-boosting energy sector opportunities
A partnership between Lancaster University and Heysham 2 nuclear power plant, which is operated by EDF Energy, is helping to recruit talented graduates into the energy sector.The Lancaster University and EDF Energy Placement Scheme provides science and technology students with a one-year paid internship in a variety of disciplines at the power station including Engineering, Chemistry, Continuous Improvement and Environmental Safety.
Ian Haines, fuel route manager for Heysham 2, said: “Heysham 2 has at least another 14 years to run and remains an important site for future development by EDF Energy.
“An increasing number of our current employees are approaching retirement and with nuclear new build now a reality it’s vital that the specialist knowledge to safely operate and maintain a nuclear power plant is retained.“With Lancaster University on our doorstep it made complete sense to forge stronger links. This is our third year of work with the university and the number of connections from industrial placements, to work with post-graduate research students is increasing each year.
“This is now beginning to feed through to high quality employees for Heysham 2.”Chris Lambert, programme manager for the Business Partnerships team within Lancaster University’s Faculty of Science and Technology, said: “We are delighted to be working with one of the most prominent employers in the area and supporting the energy sector in providing work-ready graduates. “This scheme provides great opportunities for our students to gain valuable experience working with the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon energy. Relationships between universities and the private sector are vital in supporting future skills demand for specialist sectors. We look forward to working closer in the future with Heysham 2 and EDF Energy.”