National Apprentice Week profile – Sarah McKenzie

Sarah McKenzie is a nuclear operator apprentice in her second year of training with Sellafield Ltd

Why did you choose an apprenticeship?

I chose an apprenticeship because I wanted to learn and earn as well as gaining vital job experience and qualification that will help me progress throughout my career

What does your current role entail?

My current role involves supporting the building manager to ensure the plant is up to site standard, my role also involves taking an active role in insuring waste is disposed of in accordance with site standards.

What do you enjoy most about being an apprentice?

The best thing about being an apprentice is you are not only learning the theory but putting it into practice

The highlight of my training so far has been the experience as a whole has been rewarding but if I had to pick one thing it would be going into my placement and training in the plant.

I am also a member of this year’s team representing Sellafield Ltd in the Brathay Apprentice Challenge and we have been busy raising the profile of apprenticeships aswell as supporting the local community.

What advice would you give to young people considering a nuclear apprenticeship?

I would recommend an apprenticeship to people anyone who likes the idea of gaining experience whilst learning.

There are some old fashioned perceptions of apprentices as just being an option for those who can not get into university, but this is not true. Lots of people are choosing apprenticeships as the preferred option even though they have been offered a place at university.

I would encourage people to do a little research as it might come as a surprise to them how exciting some of the opportunities in the nuclear industry can be!

What are your career aspirations?

My future aspirations are to continue to develop in my career and gain many more qualifications to help me work my way up the career path. Due to the diversity of jobs at Sellafield Ltd I know I can try different roles out and then make a decision as to what I want to do in the future.

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