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Nuclear Engineering Degree (Level 6) apprenticeship

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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 AWE 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

What does an typical day look like?

As a nuclear engineer apprentice you will learn the basics of hand tools, machining, electrical theory, circuits, instruments and control logic, before learning how to specify, troubleshoot and maintain various pieces of industrial equipment, such as nuclear vent and containment systems through lectures and practical workshop projects. You will then undertake focussed professional engineering placements in industrial nuclear buildings across the business to gain an appreciation of the additional challenges and safety requirements of providing engineering services in such an environment throughout the engineering lifecycle (Design, Construction, Commissioning, Operations, Utilities). Following completion of your placements and subject to the business need and your career aspirations, your final role placement will be selected and you will complete your training as a professional engineer in this area.

Comparable skills/interests

This role may appeal to you if you enjoy:

  • Understanding how things work and improving them
  • Solving problems in different ways
  • Working with Control Systems (Coding Raspberry PI/Arduino, hacking consumer electronics, small audio electronic projects etc.)
  • Working with Mechnical Assemblies (Car/bike/clock maintenance, restoration and modification etc.)
  • Working with Electrical Systems (Home electrical maintenance, changing sockets/light fittings, vehicle electrical systems)
  • Interest in learning / improving practical applications
  • Applying engineering principles into real life scenarios

Fundamental skills required for the role:

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

Entry Requirements:

  • Applicants will need to be 18 years by 31st  August 2019
  • 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 the 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: £13000 

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