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On this page you will find answers to some of the most common questions we get asked.
What are the working hours?
At AWE we work a nine day fortnight, this means we do not work every other Friday. The standard hours for the other days are Monday to Thursday 7.40am – 4.35pm and Friday 7.40am – 4.20pm. The Academy has a 20 minute morning break and a 40 minute lunch break.
What is the process for a new apprentice?
You will start with AWE in the first week of September. During the first few weeks you will be inducted into the company- learning about the business, health and safety requirements and behaviours.
AWE has its own Apprentice training centre and during the first 18 months the engineering apprentices will remain in the Academy learning the basic skills required for their trade. This will give the apprentices the sufficient knowledge and skills to enable them to go onto site to further their development.
Years two and three will be spent in a series of on-site placements each lasting three months. These placements ensure you obtain the skills and experience to become a competent employee. During the last six months of the apprenticeship, you will stay in your final placement ensuring you are embedded into the area before completing your apprenticeship (out turn). You will out turn, earning your deeds of completion, three years after starting your employment with AWE.
Non-engineering trade apprentices will spend the first 2 years working across both AWE sites and will incorporate placements within the major facilities, learning the skills required.
What am I going to be paid?
The starting salary is £10,500.This may increase slightly based on inflation.
What qualifications can I expect to achieve?
If you successfully complete your apprenticeship, you will have completed a technical knowledge qualification e.g. City and Guilds or BTEC. You will also receive an Apprenticeship Completion Certificate (nationally recognised) and deeds of completion from the company.
When would I start?
The start date for 2017 is Monday 4th September.
What apprenticeships are available?
We have several apprenticeships on offer. Further information can be found below:
How many places are available?
The numbers for each intake differs each year. We aim to recruit around 100 people across all of the trades for 2017.
What annual leave will I get?
You will receive 208 hours per year between January and December.
What benefits will I get?
If your question has not been answered here, please email queries to Careers@awe.co.uk