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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

Search for a role and apply online.

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Current vacancies

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A responsible business

AWE plays an important role in its local communities. We recognise that the way in which we manage our business and how we interact with our neighbours and the wider community is critical to our success. We take full responsibility for our operations and how we manage them, working towards a sustainable environment that benefits everyone.

Safety and security are our watchwords

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. As a nuclear licensed site, we are responsible to our regulators to ensure that we manage our operations in a safe and secure way at all times.

The safety and security of everyone - our staff, our neighbours and our community - 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 AWE sites.

AWE in the community

We have been part of the local community for more than 60 years. Even today, a large number of our employees continue to live in the neighbouring areas. Strong and positive relationships with everybody with whom we interact – neighbours, local parishes, schools and the community – are extremely important to us. They are essential to the way we build and sustain our business. 

Equally, AWE’s Local Liaison Committee is a vital communications forum as well as a focus for holding us to account for operating safely, securely and for upholding our environmental responsibilities.

The work we do in the community is driven by two objectives:

  • To promote responsible and effective communications and engagement with external stakeholders
  • To engage, respect and understand our community by making positive community contributions and social impacts

See our newsletter for the local community our neighbours in the document library

Giving something back

We believe in giving something back to society by demonstrating commitment to our employees and the wider community. Many of our employees are granted time outside of work to fulfil varying roles such as councillors, magistrates, school governors or special constables.

Our schools programme – AWEsome Education – encourages and inspires pupils to consider Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) as a future career. And our Schools Liaison Scheme has links with many local schools and a member of our staff champions each one.

Through our charitable donations programme, we also recognise and value the incredible work that local and national charities do. Our approach to charitable giving is as much about volunteering as it is about pledging money. 

Sustainability Review 2013-2015

Read about our performance across the themes of our Sustainability Plan, which shows great progress against the measures contained in the Sustainability Plan, first published in 2012.

Sustainability Review 2013-2015