A NUCLEAR giant - based in Blackburn - has launched a hunt for up to 400 new staff.

Assystem, which switched its headquarters from Preston to Innovation Park, in April, is looking for workers to be based at the new Hinkley Point C power station.

Commissioning engineers are being sought nationwide by the nuclear firm, from graduate level to highly-experienced workers.

Tom Jones, the firm's vice president for international business development, said: "This is an exciting time for the nuclear industry in the UK.

"An increasing need for electricity from consumers, combined with a move further towards decarbonisation, means that nuclear power forms an integral part of the UK's energy strategy and will be increasingly important in the coming years.

"The UK desperately needs the correct skillset to deliver these ambitious plans over the next 30 to 40 years and that’s why we’re looking for incredible engineers

The company employs 70 people at their Guide offices. A new lab there has helped them to develop their remote inspection capabilities. Across the country, the firm employs 500 across five sites.