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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

See if we have the perfect job for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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 August.  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.

When will I hear about my application?

You will be contacted by the end of January.

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?

You would start in August 2019.

What apprenticeships are available?

We have several apprenticeships on offer. Further information can be found below:

  • Precision Machining - Level 3
  • Precision Machining- Level 4
  • Control and Instrumentation- Level 3
  • Control and Instrumentation - Level 4
  • Electronics- Level 3
  • Electronics -Level 4
  • Electrical Maintenance- Level 3
  • Electrical Engineering- Level 4
  • Mechanical Maintenance- Level 3
  • Mechanical Maintenance- Level 4
  • Project Controls 
  • Finance
  • Control and Instrumentation (C&I) Technical Author - Level 4
  • Radiation Protection (Health Physics)
  • Laboratory Technician - Level 3
  • Business Administration
  • Nuclear Engineering - Level 6
  • IT Infrastructure Technician - Level 3
  • Quality Inspector - Level 3


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 2018.

What annual leave will I get?

You will receive 208 hours per year between January and December.

What benefits will I get?

  • Generous holiday entitlement
  • Competitive salary, regular salary reviews and a permanent job at the end of the apprentice scheme
  • Structured and supported career progression
  • A generous defined contribution pension that is flexible to suit you
  • Life Assurance (4 times salary)
  • Access to voluntary benefits and discounts to make your money go further
  • Group income protection
  • 9-Day Fortnight
  • Further education funding

 If your question has not been answered here, please email queries to Careers@awe.co.uk