Copeland Borough Council Leader Elaine Woodburn said: “I’m delighted to hear this news, and it is great that Sellafield Ltd have actually exceeded their expectations in terms of new recruits.
“What this means is that almost 650 people will have access to secure jobs with good incomes, and that can only be a good thing.
“The site is making real progress against its objectives and these new recruits will help them do the job even more quickly.”
“However, at the time of the jobs announcement in December we said we would keep an eye on the recruitment process to ensure that West Cumbria was the focus of the benefit of those new posts, and I will be continuing to put pressure on the company to ensure that this is the case.
“What I’d like is a break down of where the new recruits are from, and I hope that the majority of the posts have gone to people in West Cumbria, as promised.”
Rory O’Neill, the site’s Stakeholder Relations Director, said; “This is brilliant news, especially coming on the back of the 500 new appointments we announced in December, and I am delighted to be able to make the announcement.
“We are delivering our mission of accelerating safe and efficient clean-up at Sellafield. Because of the progress we are making and the efficiencies we have achieved, we are now able to focus even more funding on acceleration work.
“This recruitment has increased the professional skills base on the site and further establishes Sellafield and West Cumbria as a global centre for nuclear excellence, whose best days are ahead of it.
“We made a commitment before Christmas that our recruitment campaign would be locally focussed, and as we come to the end of the campaign towards the end of this month we will be able to look closely at the recruitment process and drill down where exactly our new recruits are from – we are confident that we will have met our commitment to source the majority of the new workers in West Cumbria.”
Copeland MP Jamie Reed said: “I welcome this announcement. It is genuinely good news at a time of economic uncertainty and demonstrates further still Sellafield Ltd’s commitment to meeting its objectives of cleaning up and decommissioning the site.
“What is important is how we move forward to ensure that secure, well paid jobs are available not only for the present generation of nuclear workers but for future generations of West Cumbrians as well, and that is why I will continue to fight and lobby for more investment from government.”