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2019

"Some people can struggle with constructive feedback."
Graduate, Liverpool
"There's below average pay compared to the rest of the UK for equivalently qualified people."
Graduate, Sydney
"You may not gain as much responsibility as if you were in the same job for two years because you are moving between companies."
Graduate, Warrington
"The quality of placements can often be down to luck and timing."
Graduate, Bristol
"You have to be very willing to travel a lot and do a lot of paperwork for things."
Graduate, At the moment, near Bristol
"Having to move every five or six months to a new city or even country for another placement can be difficult. You have to find somewhere to live, settle into a new location and then repeat. It's possible to stay more in the same location but I wouldn't recommend this as it really limits the benefits of the scheme."
Graduate, Derbyshire, Vienna and now London.
"Balancing the work you do on site with other commitments is tricky."
Graduate, live in Ashford, work in Dungeness

2018

"A large number of training zones are based in Cumbria. If you live far from Cumbria it is very easy to run out of your travel and subsistence budget. This can also involve a lot of travel time. There have been occasions when I have felt that the programme team treats graduates as though we are more like high-school kids than young professionals."
Graduate, .
"There's a lot of moving around and a lot of admin that comes with it. We get limited time in each placement and some other engineering grad schemes pay slightly better."
Graduate, Derby/London
"It can be hard to settle as we're constantly moving about."
Graduate, London
"The cost of moving around the country is tricky to regulate due to moving fees. Regularly uprooting makes it tricky to build bridges if you know you are moving on in a few months."
Graduate, bristol
"The continuing professional development and travel and subsistence budgets can be quite inflexible at times. Our salary is lower than on other graduate schemes and lots of paperwork is required for each secondment."
Graduate, Whitehaven

2017

"Being a small organisation with many employees means that it can be hard to instigate change. They have such a small team to deal with so many people that it can sometimes be hard to get your voice heard."
Graduate, I have worked in many places during my graduate scheme including Cumbria, Lancaster and Australia.
"Some employers have more limited secondment choices so there isn't the flexibility you might expect. Travelling to training zones can be difficult."
Graduate, Somerset
"The salary on the scheme could be higher."
Graduate, Whitehaven, Cumbria
"The nucleargraduates scheme requires dedication outside of weekly working hours, such as travelling to courses or completing coursework."
Graduate, Birchwood, Warrington
"There are sometimes large training requirements outside of the office."
Graduate, Nationwide - Currently Derby based

2016

"The salary is low considering the number of moves you have to complete. No support or relocation grants are available. Some sponsors use it as their sole graduate scheme and don't seem to fully understand how it works."
Graduate, Somerset
"There is no extra pay or living allowance for working in London or overseas."
Graduate, Burton-upon-Trent
"Having to move to a new placement every eight months. Relocation is expensive."
Graduate, Drigg
"The work-load can be hectic at times."
Graduate, Lancaster
"Nucleargraduates' starting wage is typically less than the wage of the graduate schemes of the sponsoring companies."
Graduate, Heysham
"Salary is on the low side compared to similar graduate schemes."
Graduate, North West
"Lack of communication from the sponsor companies to the graduates."
Graduate, Gloucester
"The decision-making from head office is often quite opaque. As graduates, we don't get much input into changing the scheme for the better for the next cohort of graduates."
Graduate, Reading

2014

"The salary doesn't seem very competitive, and there can be some inconsistencies between graduates and the programme management team."
Graduate, Bristol
"The moving around can make it feel like you don't get long enough to settle in one location and make a difference at work, but these are graduate decisions as to where you work and for how long."
Graduate, Glasgow
"I feel that the SME part of the scheme may get in the way of my work."
Graduate, Oxford
"The nature of the scheme means that I have to relocate very often and finding accommodation can be difficult."
Graduate, Derby

2013

"Colleagues are mid to late career and it can feel like you're out of your depth a lot."
Graduate, Warrington
"The nuclear industry is very slow and therefore there are periods where there aren't many things to do. The IT systems are very old and slow, therefore very annoying."
Graduate, Seascale
"The coursework that goes with the learning."
Graduate, Derby
"Sometimes it can feel like you are given too many things to do."
Graduate, All over
"There is a lot of bureaucracy as I am a sub-contractor. This just makes some things a little over complicated."
Graduate, Derby
"As the scheme is rightfully growing quickly, the downside to this is the management team has not grown and struggles at times. There is an increasing influence on where you can/cannot go on placement also."
Graduate,
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