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Meet Lucy and Jodie, Apprentice Operators at UUK

04 February 2016

Urenco enriches uranium to provide fuel for the sustainable generation of low carbon electricity for consumers around the world. Lucy and Jodie, like many of the apprentices Urenco has across the Group, play an important part in ensuring their plants operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Below is a short interview with the apprentices about their role and why they chose to pursue a career in STEM.

Can you describe a typical day in your job?

‘‘We usually arrive just before 7am and have a handover with the previous shift workers. Our shifts can last up to 12 hours so we need to have a good breakfast! Our role is to take samples from the feed and tails stations in the enrichment facilities to check the uranium is being enriched to the correct quality to meet customer requirements. ‘’

How did you get into this line of work?

Jodie: ‘’At school I was really into building robots. I wanted to put my engineering skills to good use so an apprenticeship seemed like a good option for me.’’

Lucy: ‘’I always enjoyed studying maths and science at school. On a school trip to CERN in Switzerland [the European organisation for nuclear research] I became inspired to pursue a career in the nuclear industry and so an apprenticeship at Urenco was the best option for me.’’

What qualities do you need for this job?

‘’You need to be practical and a good problem-solver. A scientific mind is essential so we are always asking questions and gaining more knowledge every day.’’

What is the best thing about your job?

‘’We enjoy putting our skills into practice, at a real life nuclear enrichment facility! We get to learn from people on the plant who have been there for years and are experts at what they do. It’s so valuable to be able to work with them every day.’’

Do you have any advice on how to get into this work?

‘‘Ensure you continue to study STEM subjects and this will open up lots of career opportunities. Visit or speak to a career advisor at your school.’’


About Urenco

Urenco is an international supplier of enrichment services and fuel cycle products with sustainability at the core of its business. Operating in a pivotal area of the nuclear fuel supply chain for 50 years, Urenco facilitates zero carbon electricity generation for consumers around the world.

With its head office near London, UK, Urenco’s global presence ensures diversity and security of supply for customers through enrichment facilities in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA. Using centrifuge technology designed and developed by Urenco, and through the expertise of our people, the Urenco Group provides safe, cost effective and reliable services; operating within a framework of high environmental, social and governance standards, complementing international safeguards.

Urenco is committed to continued investment in the responsible management of nuclear materials; innovation activities with clear sustainability benefits, such as nuclear medicine, industrial efficiency and research; and nurturing the next generation of scientists and engineers.


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