Latest News | 9 May 2022

Rolls-Royce nuclear power station business to create 400 jobs

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A business set up by Rolls-Royce to develop a new generation of mini-nuclear power stations has announced it is to create 400 jobs.

Rolls-Royce SMR (Small Modular Reactor) is to create the jobs across Derby and Warrington.

Rolls-Royce, which has its civil aerospace and defence divisions in the city, wants the new subsidiary to play a big part of the UK’s net zero agenda.

It also wants it to play a key role in achieving the Government’s British Energy Security Strategy, which pledges to accelerate the expansion of nuclear by delivering the equivalent of one nuclear reactor per year instead of one per decade.

Adam Ellis, director of talent and HR at Rolls-Royce SMR, said: “This is a perfect opportunity for talented individuals to join our team and bring new ideas and concepts to the table that will create a legacy for generations to come.

“We want to build a diverse team of people with a background in science, a passion for nuclear, or from a sector with transferable skills, with a diverse mix of skills and experiences.”

The Rolls-Royce SMR programme is the first of its kind in the UK to be focused on developing a factory-built nuclear power plant that is deliverable and scalable at a global level.

Rolls-Royce has said that a single mini power station could occupy around a tenth of the size of a conventional nuclear plant and generate enough power for around one million homes.

Its plans could create 40,000 UK jobs when fully operational by 2050 and generate £52 billion in economic benefit.

Having begun the design assessment process with UK regulators, Rolls-Royce SMR now needs to significantly increase its workforce.

It has appointed recruitment specialists RPOne, part of Salford-based global recruiter, Morson Group, to support its largest recruitment campaign to date.

Roles will be open to experienced nuclear professionals, young talent and graduates alike, creating a diverse workforce.

Adam said: “This is the most exciting nuclear programme in the UK right now, and anyone joining the team has the chance to develop their role and carve a career for life.”

Ged Mason, chief executive at Morson Group, said: “Rolls-Royce SMR has the potential to be truly pivotal in the way the UK – and the rest of the world – sources and uses power.

“The company is setting new standards in recruitment by opening its doors to anyone who has a passion to change norms in science.

“While there are several niche roles available, which require specific skillsets, others are open to those who want to help define our futures.”

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