Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Big Bang 2018: inspiring the regulators of the future

23 July, 2018

Building an effective pipeline for future regulatory capacity in the long-term is a key part of our recruitment strategy, so we were delighted to lend our support to this year’s ‘Big Bang’ event to encourage more young people to get involved in STEM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Thousands of school children attended the event at the Liverpool exhibition centre – and for the first time this year, we had our own stand and an enthusiastic team of volunteers from across the organisation to inspire the next generation of scientists, led by four of our Nuclear Associates.

ONR Nuclear Associate, Rebecca Thorington, who led the event team, said: “It was great to get involved and to support this event. Hopefully through the different activities, we managed to spark the students’ interest in  STEM subjects and helped them to understand the wide range of career opportunities open to them.”

Our team was also on hand for advice and guidance and to share their stories and experiences. Fellow Nuclear Associate, Alexandra Edey, who represented ONR on the day added: “The students seemed to really enjoy the activities we planned and it was great to be able to tell them about the vital work we do at ONR and to share our positive experiences about what it’s like to work in the nuclear sector.”

But one event wasn’t enough to share the passion for their work. Our nuclear associates will be out in force later this year as ONR lends its support to this year’s ‘Introduction to Nuclear Regulation’ seminar on 11 and 12 October at our Bootle office. The seminar is a terrific opportunity for young professionals from across the industry to come along and meet senior members of our team and to learn about the work we do – inspiring the regulators for the future! You can find out more about the seminar and how to join us on the Nuclear Institute website.