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Degree apprenticeship nuclear engineering

On completion, a Nuclear Engineer Degree Apprentice will be able to use the knowledge, skills and behaviours developed to enable systems and equipment to operate safely, efficiently and in an environmentally sustainable way, meeting the requirements set out by the employer and those of the Professional Body Institutions. They will have a fundamental and core knowledge of engineering / science principles and practices and will be able to demonstrate discipline skills commensurate with their employed job role that typically will include design, plant performance enhancements, operational management, project management and maintenance of safety standards utilising analytical thinking to provide innovative solutions. They will also demonstrate good communication and team skills and the ability to communicate in a variety of forms to all levels within an organisation

As a Nuclear degree apprentice you will complete the following:

  • BEng in Nuclear Engineering with specialist units, or BSc in Nuclear Science
  • 12 x 4 week block delivery with residential facilities (flexible to employer requirements)
  • Inquiry-led constructive learning and technology-based assessment
  • Nuclear behavioural culture, safety and security
  • Employer focused contextual content
  • Practical engineering workshop practice and skills
  • Full time employee

About you

The desired skills and behaviours of level 6 apprentices include:

  • Good communication skills (i.e. technical speaking, active listening, professional writing, professional body language and technical presentation)
  • Reliability with a high level of respect for confidentiality on work related and personal matters
  • Ability to work autonomously and interact effectively within a wide, multi-disciplinary project team
  • Ability to understand the impact of work on others, especially where related to diversity and equality
  • Good time management skills (i.e. planning and completing work to schedule)
  • A supportive attitude to change and ability to respond positively to change management processes
  • Ownership for personal development
  • Open attitude towards receiving feedback
  • Committed to health & safety (i.e. personal, workplace, radiological and nuclear)
  • Effective at following rules, procedures and principles
  • Enthusiasm for the nuclear industry
  • PC literate
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Ability to concentrate for long periods

    Level 6 Apprenticeship (Standard)

    Entry Requirements:
  •  Must be age 18 or above as of 4th September 2018
  • Typically grade C or above in at least five GCSE's including English, Maths and a Science subject
  • Typically candidates will hold a minimum of 240 UCAS points or existing relevant Level 3 qualifications


Qualifications achieved during your apprenticeship:

  • Bachelors (Honours) degree qualification (at level 6), accredited by the constituent bodies of the Engineering / Science Council
  • Level 2  English, Maths, (Functional Skills) - If required
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Process Safety Awareness Certificate


Duration of training: 4 Years
Starting salary: TBC