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What we do

Discover how we support the defence and security of the UK.

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Our history

Learn about our proud history and what makes up our DNA.

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Site safety and security

Read about how our sites are regulated and monitored.

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Connecting communities

Keeping you connected to what is happening at AWE

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About us

Learn more about our company and how we support the defence and security of the UK.

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Orion laser facility

Orion is one of the most powerful lasers and largest laser facilities in the UK.

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A unique national asset

We have unique nuclear expertise. We have a clear purpose and goals that set our direction.

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World-class expertise

Find out more about our science, engineering and technology capabilities.

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Working ethically

Learn about how we promote an ethical working environment.

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Freedom of Information

Find out how to make a Freedom of Information Act request.

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AWEsome education

Discover how we are supporting future generations.

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Local Liaison Committee

Find out more about the Local Liaison Committee and how they represent community interests.

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Our regulators

Read about how are sites are regulated and monitored.

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Supply chain

The supply chain is crucial to the delivery of our programme. What does it take to be a supplier.

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Local Liaison Committee

Find out more about the Local Liaison Committee and how they represent community interests.

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International partners

We seek to drive better value and efficiencies through collaborative international relationships.

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Working at AWE

Explore what it’s like to be part of our team

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Before you apply

Things to know before applying for a job.

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How to apply

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Current vacancies

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Working at AWE

You could be part of a unique team supporting the defence and security of the United Kingdom – something AWE has done with pride for more than 60 years. Working with us is exciting and challenging – in fact it’s everything you would expect from a company that supports national security. 

Jobs are varied and diverse – from technical roles in engineering, science, manufacturing and industrial work to business roles in areas such as administration, commercial, human resources and facilities management. We have a graduate programme, or you may be interested in our award-winning Skills Academy offering a range of apprenticeships.

And just as diverse as the jobs and people, is the range of buildings and facilities here –  from the original control tower when Aldermaston was a military airfield to state-of-the-art world class research and technology facilities.

Security is our watchword

Because what we do is of great national importance, our approach is highly regulated and we operate to the highest level of security, both in terms of how our sites operate and the people who work with us.  Here are a few practical things to know before joining us:

  • In some areas, the use of mobile and portable devices; including removable media such as dongles and USB sticks; is either restricted or prohibited
  • In line with other high security businesses, you may be randomly selected for a routine search on entry to and exit from our site
  • We also advise everyone to take care regarding the information they post on the internet about working here

The safety and security of everyone is paramount. Each site has a highly experienced team of security officers and Ministry of Defence Police. Their job in frontline security is to protect you and the sites everyone works on. It’s everyone’s responsibility to support them in their role.

Make a difference

We are always looking for high calibre people to join our team, so why not explore the opportunities we currently have on offer. Whatever stage of your career, AWE is an exciting and excellent environment to develop your skills and achieve your aspirations.

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"If you’ve got what it takes to keep our world safe and secure, then AWE could be the right place for you."

"AWE promotes diversity in employment.  Because of the nature of work associated with these posts, they are subject to special nationality rules and are open only to British nationals. All selected candidates will be required to undergo security clearance."