Digital and IT

Length: Two Years

Three Industry Secondments

Closing Date: 14 January 2024
Start Date: September 2024

2024 Applications Opening Soon

Technology & Innovation - Nuclear Graduates

Programme Overview

Say hello to the NDA group graduate programme

We’re the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) group, delivering one of the world’s most important environmental programmes to decommission the UK’s earliest nuclear facilities.

Our group is responsible for 17 nuclear sites in all parts of the UK, together with specialist nuclear waste and international transport businesses. And our work is growing, with more facilities joining us to be decommissioned in the next decade.

Sustainability, safety, and security are at the heart of our long-term mission to prepare our sites for their next use, work which spans into the next century.

As an NDA group graduate, you’ll get the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution towards the delivery of our nationally important mission. During our two-year graduate programme, you’ll take part in three placements in different parts of the NDA group. You’ll start with a 12-month placement, before completing two six-month opportunities. In exchange for your contribution, you’ll be supported at the end of the programme to secure a role in the NDA group.

We have a number of Digital & IT graduate opportunities within the NDA group, for the initial 12-month secondment, with offices and sites around the UK. Over the two-year programme, Digital & IT graduates will have the opportunity to rotate around Digital, IT and Cyber teams across the group.

Our group-wide Security & Corporate Services teams are at the cutting edge of technology, using Cyber, Digital, and AI to drive the NDA group forward. We’re constantly innovating to find new ways to improve our operations, deliver to our customers, and maximise the impact of our mission.

We’re working on some of the most challenging and interesting projects in the world, from developing new AI-powered systems to improve our risk management to creating digital solutions to streamline our supply chain. We’re passionate about using technology to make a difference, and we’re proud to be part of a world-leading team.

Join us and be a part of our exciting journey to the future of technology!

The opportunity

  • Help to identify and assess the latest Digital/AI technologies that could be used to improve the NDA group’s operations.
  • This could involve staying up-to-date on the latest trends and developments in the field, conducting research on specific technologies, and evaluating their potential impact on the NDA group.
  • Assist with the implementation and deployment of new Digital/AI technologies. This could involve working on projects to develop new systems or applications, integrate new technologies with existing systems, and train staff on how to use new technologies.
  • Monitor and evaluate the performance of existing Digital/AI systems and processes.
  • This could involve collecting data on system performance, identifying areas for improvement, and developing and implementing recommendations for improvement.
  • Participate in cross-functional teams to support IT strategies and roadmaps.
  • This could involve working with other teams, such as risk/finance, operations, and HR, to develop a shared understanding of the Group’s ICT needs and to support plan development to meet those needs.
  • To develop and apply knowledge of Microsoft Technology and automation tools to help improve organisational performance
  • Work within wider teams, specialising within the use of cloud analytics and focused on analysis of system information

In addition to these specific tasks, graduates could also support the function in a variety of other ways, such as:

  • Conducting research on industry best practices
  • Developing and delivering presentations and training materials
  • Writing and editing technical documentation
  • Assisting with the development and implementation of new IT policies and procedures

Working in this function would provide a graduate with the opportunity to gain experience in a wide range of Digital/AI technologies and to play a key role in helping the NDA group to maintain its world-leading capabilities in this area.

We are particularly interested in candidates with the following degrees subjects and/or related subjects:

  • Computer Science / Computing
  • Cyber Security
  • Digital Forensics
  • Information Technology
  • Software Engineering
  • Data Protection Law and Information Governance

Throughout your two-year journey on the NDA group graduate programme you will be employed by Energus whilst being supported by an industry leading sponsoring organisation.

At the end of your two-year programme, you will be supported in securing a role with the NDA group.

Key Programme Details
Closing Date:
14 January 2024
Entry Requirements:
Minimum of a 2:2 in a relevant degree subject, achieved within the last 5 years
Programme Length: Two Years

Discipline Sponsors

Established in 2007 by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), the Nuclear Graduates programme was created to develop the next generation of young professionals for the nuclear sector.

There has never been a more exciting time to join the UK’s nuclear sector. With new technologies, systems and processes, requiring new ideas to drive the challenges at the heart of the sector including decommissioning, new build and the contribution to the energy security strategy.

Nuclear Graduates is sponsored by prominent employers across the nuclear sector. Our partner employers will support you throughout the two-year programme, initially in your first secondment then as you progress through your two years, playing an active role in your development as we advance the workforce of the future.

Your sponsor will vary depending on the role you’ve applied for.

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Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
Key Programme Details
Closing Date:
14 January 2024
Entry Requirements:
Minimum of a 2:2 in a relevant degree subject, achieved within the last 5 years
Programme Length: Two Years

Our Sponsors

Pay & Benefits

Remarkably different to other graduate programmes, the NDA group graduate programme offers you a unique opportunity to design your own development programme. A bespoke two-year plan, devised with the help of your own personal, professional mentor will allow you to develop both your technical and behavioural capabilities.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority have developed an attractive package of support that reflects your, and the NDA’s ambitions for your development as a nuclear professional.

In addition to the world-class training and development on offer, the NDA group graduate programme can also look forward to:

  • Salary £30,000 per year
  • £5,500 individual travel budget
  • £3,500 flexible individual training budget
  • £9,900 core training & development
  • Access to three secondments (12 months, and two 6 months) across the NDA group to give you experience across the breadth of the NDA.
  • A dedicated team of experts to support your development and progress throughout your time on the programme
  • Your NDA sponsor will provide you with day-to-day support during your programme and with your secondments
  • A dedicated mentor, assigned to you upon starting the programme who will stay with you throughout your NDA group graduate journey
  • A comprehensive, tailored programme of professional development
  • The support of a dedicated NDA group graduate programme team throughout the two years of your graduate programme. As Mental Health First Aiders the team are fully equipped to assist you through your NDA journey
  • 25 days annual leave, plus bank holidays
  • 6 discretionary days leave for study and relocation
  • Energus contributory pension scheme
  • Energus Employee Assistance Programme and DigiCare+
  • EnergUS Extras, providing in-house news, well-being resources and employee discounts
  • Membership of up to 2 professional institutions
  • Access to an independent Employee Assistance Programme service offering a 24/7 support line
  • Opportunity to participate in our Cycle2Work Scheme


Total Two-Year Package: £78,900

Key Programme Details
Closing Date:
14 January 2024
Entry Requirements:
Minimum of a 2:2 in a relevant degree subject, achieved within the last 5 years
Programme Length: Two Years

Pathways & Footprints

In between secondments your cohort will come together for training and development sessions. These pathways will focus on developing both your technical and behavioural competencies, these include.

  • Induction to the Nuclear Industry
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Adaptability / flexibility
  • Business Awareness
  • Leadership
  • Problem Solving


These are critical skills needed by the nuclear sector and will help you to develop your knowledge, skills and experience alongside your fellow Nuclear Graduates.


Footprints is our corporate social responsibility programme that sits at the heart of the Nuclear Graduates programme. During your two years, 10% of your total time on the programme will be dedicated to Footprints activity.

During this time you will become a Science Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) ambassador, passing your knowledge and enthusiasm to the next generation. You will also have the opportunity, as part of a cohort of Nuclear Graduates, to undertake a footprint that will drive your understanding of the sector at a community level. This could be within the UK or an international opportunity that you will develop.

Footprints is your chance to affect real change in the real world, allowing you to engage with and understand the communities we work in and with. This is a platform for you to demonstrate the skills you have acquired, develop your understanding and gain experiences that are unique to the Nuclear Graduates programme.

Key Programme Details
Closing Date:
14 January 2024
Entry Requirements:
Minimum of a 2:2 in a relevant degree subject, achieved within the last 5 years
Programme Length: Two Years

CPD Opportunities

Throughout your two years, you will have the opportunity to carry out additional Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training. These vary depending on your chosen discipline and your sponsor.

In addition, depending on the role you apply for, you may be eligible to work toward a chartership status with an appropriate institution

Key Programme Details
Closing Date:
14 January 2024
Entry Requirements:
Minimum of a 2:2 in a relevant degree subject, achieved within the last 5 years
Programme Length: Two Years