Assystem, the second-largest nuclear company in the world, is investing £5 million in the next generation of women engineers in the UK through its Technical Graduate Scheme.
The recruitment programme is part of a 5-year investment, launched in 2021, that will support graduate training and development of at least 100 women by 2025-6 in nuclear new-build roles. Applications for the 2022 scheme are open and this year the company is seeking to attract a further 20 women with STEM degrees to it.
New nuclear power that is being designed and constructed in the UK today such as Hinkley Point C, Sizewell C and Small Modular Reactors, will form the cornerstone of the UK’s drive towards net zero. These low carbon power plants will create high value employment opportunities for decades to come and Assystem, a Tier 1 supplier on these projects, is committed to ensuring that women will play influential roles in the development of these new technologies.
As a leading global energy transition company, providing engineering and digital services, Assystem will provide a unique environment for graduates to train on the most innovative low-carbon projects being built today utilising the latest digital methods and tools in project delivery.
Assystem designed the new graduate scheme to create a more equitable route into nuclear that aims to overcome the barriers that discourage women, and indeed other underrepresented groups, from joining the nuclear sector. This aligns with the Nuclear Sector Deal target of reaching 40% of women in the nuclear industry by 2030. Currently women represent 20% of the nuclear workforce in the UK.
Assystem’s Technical Graduate scheme is aimed at mitigating the low numbers of women studying engineering at university (19%) by inviting applications from all STEM graduates, thus opening the opportunity to the broader 35% of women studying technical and scientific subjects.
The investment is a flagship project of Assystem’s gender diversity programme #INCREDIBLEWOMEN, which is focused on the recruitment, retention, and evolution of women in the company, with the broader aim of achieving greater representation of women in science and engineering careers.
Graduates joining the Technical Graduate Scheme will be mentored by members of the Assystem team and receive a programme of training and development across 18 months on the technical, commercial and project management aspects of Assystem’s business. They will also receive training with Assystem’s specialist in-house training unit, the Assystem Nuclear Institute, and benefit from other learning and development opportunities such as attending conferences and events.
Kason Bala, Assystem UK Senior Business Unit Director New Nuclear said: “The Technical Graduate scheme is about creating a solution today to make sure that women are at the forefront of the projects leading the energy transition for decades to come.
“In 2021 we brought in our first cohort of women graduates, who have begun their journey with us via the scheme, and we are excited to attract a further 20 women in 2022.
“Assystem is a Tier One supplier to the nuclear sector in the UK, leading key work on all the major nuclear projects happening today, in which our new graduate community will be directly involved.”
Graduates interested in applying to join on to Assystem’s Technical Graduate Scheme can send a CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.