National Nuclear Laboratory Challenge

Help Break Down Barriers to Craft-Trade Roles in Nuclear

National Nuclear Laboratory

Nuclear is at the forefront of clean power and will transform energy use for generations – why wouldn’t you want to get involved? Win up to £3,000 by submitting your thoughts on how to expand access to the nuclear industry. There’s a guaranteed award for at least one student’s idea!

NNL is looking for student perspectives on how to make careers in the nuclear industry more appealing. They want to understand motivations and potential barriers to entry so that they can create pathways for young talent. Submit your ideas today!

The National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) is looking for student perspectives on what the barriers are that inhibit and/or deter students away from trades-based careers.

They're also looking to understand how NNL can help overcome those barriers, with the goal of enticing and creating pathways for young talent to enter trades-based career paths.

Win up to £3,000 in a team or individually
Close Date: April 20th

What is a Challenge?

A Challenge is a process in which people submit answers to problem-focused questions that companies need to resolve. Many Challenges come with guaranteed payouts of cash prizes.

What are you expected to do?

To be in with a chance of winning, students must submit a detailed description of their solution. Solutions must be relevant to the Challenge question and details in the description.

What are the benefits?

Students can boost their CV working on real-world problems, gain exposure to global companies and, if awarded, their solutions can earn up to £15,000.

The National Nuclear Laboratory

Established in 2008, the National Nuclear Laboratory brought together the UK’s nuclear research and development capability into one organisation. Our workforce represents a combined 10,000 years of expertise in nuclear science and technology and we’re continuing to grow.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

At NNL we are working to ensure we have an inclusive workplace that attracts, retains, and develops diverse talent. Although it is difficult to unpick the structural inequalities still prevalent in our society, we know that as a purpose-led organisation, we are part of the society that we serve and therefore we must be part of the solution.

The scientific sector has a wealth of bright talent at all career stages which we want to attract to help us to continually evolve, establishing NNL as a diverse workplace.

Why Participate?

Stand Out

Get exposure to global businesses and add a differentiator to your CV

Gain Experience

Test your skills and knowledge in real life challenges

Get Rewarded

Win cash rewards and land internship positions

Here's how the Challenge process works:


Sign up and complete your Solver profile

Review & Accept

Read the description of the Open Challenges in the Challenge Center and accept the Challenge Specific Agreement


Upload proposed solution(s) you have developed for a specific Challenge


Receive cash awards for solutions accepted by Seeker organizations

What Are The Guidelines?

30 Day Solving Period

Individual students or teams of 4 students have 30 days to submit a solution to real life business challenges.

Active UK Students Only

Undergraduate and graduate students from UK higher-education institutions that are 18 years or older can participate.

Final Pitch Event

The top student solutions are invited to compete in the final pitch event, in front of an evaluation panel.