Working at Sellafield isn't just working for Sellafield Ltd

Vacancies advertised through West Cumbria Works, will usually need to comply with the standards set by Sellafield Ltd or those employers they work with.

For most job roles, the minimum qualifications standard will be to have A* – C in Mathematics, English and Science at GCSE level or equivalent. However, each employer will have differing levels of entry, with aptitude tests and competency based interviews carried out for each role.

Required steps and forms


Baseline Personnel Security Standard (overall clearance process)


Baseline Standard Verification Record (form)


Baseline Disclosure Scotland Certificate (issued on successful completion of Baseline Disclosure Scotland application form)


Negative substance abuse test results


Application for Sellafield site access (form)


Sellafield site induction (online course)

The safety and security of the Sellafield nuclear site is Sellafield Ltd’s overriding priority. People working on the site, either directly for Sellafield Ltd or through a contractor, need to have appropriate security clearance before you can have unescorted access to the site. The clearance process includes a number of steps and forms, shown to the left.
This is known as Baseline Personnel Security Standard clearance and it provides an appropriate level of assurance as to an individual’s honesty, integrity and values.
As part of the clearance procedure, you will need to complete the Baseline Standard Verification Record which asks for:

  • Verification of your identity (through full name, signature, date of birth and full permanent address). As a minimum, you will need to provide three original documentary items of identity that will need to include a photograph, your nationality and your current address (a valid passport can be used for both nationality and identity).
  • Your employment history over the past three years
  • Your nationality and / or immigration status establishing your ‘Right to Work’ in the UK
  • Your declaration of any unspent criminal conviction records

You will also need to obtain and submit your own original Basic Disclosure Scotland Certificate

Finally, you will need to provide proof of a negative substance abuse test (no more than six months old) which highlights that you have been screened for:

  • Alcohol (below the current national driving limit)
  • Amphetamines
  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Cannabis
  • Cocaine
  • Methadone
  • Opiates

This list is not exhaustive and may change in line with legislation or medical advice.

All workers on the Sellafield or related sites will also be subject to immediate testing, where there is a reasonable suspicion that an individual is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

You will also be asked to complete an Application for Sellafield Site Access form. The final step is to pass a computer based site induction course.