Nuclear firms have warned of a potential skills gap after it emerged that a third of students studying relevant subjects were ignorant of the opportunity to work in the sector.
A poll of 1,376 young people studying science, technology, engineering or maths showed that 35% did not believe they could work in the nuclear industry.
One in seven questioned had not heard anything about career opportunities in nuclear power.
The Nuclear Industry Association, which commissioned the survey, said up to 140,000 workers could be required to deliver the UK’s nuclear new build programme.
Chief executive Keith Parker said: “Because no nuclear power plants have been built in a generation, we run the risk of losing the skills needed as the current workforce nears retirement.
“It’s worrying that young people already studying STEM subjects aren’t considering the industry in order to fill this gap.”