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Andrew hasn’t looked back after relocating to Cumbria
Andrew Whitton, 43, who provides Operations Support at LLW Repository Ltd, lives in Whitehaven
Andrew and his family are loving life in Cumbria after relocating to the county from Essex.
Andrew started his career in the nuclear industry at Bradwell nuclear power station in Essex. As Andrew was considering his career options in 2014, an opportunity to work for LLW Repository Ltd in Cumbria caught his eye.
“I was working as a Waste Engineer, and my team were told that our employment would come to an end at Bradwell after 2015,” he said. “As part of a Transition Framework Agreement, set up by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, various companies were brought in for careers fairs.
“LLW Repository Ltd were at one of the events and their HR Manager, Sharon Langan, asked me to send over my CV. Within 24 hours, LLW Repository Ltd contacted me to invite me to Cumbria for an informal chat and an interview.
“In summer 2014, I was shown around the site. Everyone was so friendly and I thought it was a really good opportunity for me.
“After an interview, LLW Repository Ltd offered me a job and asked me to relocate. I provisionally accepted and later spent a week in Cumbria with my family to explore the area.
“I started with LLW Repository Ltd in November 2014 as a managed transfer and we’ve not looked back since moving to Cumbria.
“In my role, I write risk assessments, operator instructions and make sure we comply to new regulations.
“I plan to stay with LLW Repository Ltd as I have no reason to look elsewhere. I’ve got a good position and the company has a real family feel to it.
“My expertise from Bradwell and operational knowledge is coming into play. I can handle whatever challenges they want to throw at me!”
Andrew and his family live in Whitehaven and are now settled in the area.
“As we’re from the South East, our knowledge of Cumbria was limited,” he said. “When we first came for a visit it really opened our eyes and we found out more about the towns and villages.
“We lived in a village in Essex called Purleigh, which is very rural, but there was nothing really for the kids to get their teeth into.
“My sons liked that there was a lot more open space in Cumbria.
“We’ve made some really good friends in Cumbria and the relocation support from LLW Repository Ltd was brilliant.”
Andrew and his family enjoy an outdoor lifestyle in Cumbria and he would encourage others to follow in his footsteps and relocate.
“We’re more of an outdoors family since moving to Cumbria,” he said.
“We spend a lot of time walking in Keswick and go walking round Whitehaven Harbour. My kids also enjoying going kayaking.
“Moving out of your comfort zone is not a bad thing, so if you get the opportunity to relocate to Cumbria, do it. You’ll regret it if you don’t.”
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