47 Best Nuclear Engineering Apprenticeships

Updated: Mar 23

Awareness of the Nuclear Industry and the attraction of working in the sector are on the rise. However, google “nuclear engineering apprenticeships” and are pretty tricky to find if you don’t know where to look for them. We have put together a list of the top ones available with further detail for a number of them.

Have a look through the list, look in more detail at the ones that interest you, watch the associated YouTube videos and then check out the list of where to find roles at the bottom of the article.

The list of top 47 Nuclear Engineering Apprenticeships is:

  1. Nuclear Engineer Degree Apprenticeship - EDF Energy - Various Locations

  2. Westinghouse Degree Apprenticeship

  3. Degree Apprenticeships - Sellafield Ltd - Technical

  4. Degree Apprenticeships - Sellafield Ltd - Scientific

  5. Nuclear Engineering - Degree Apprenticeship - Lancashire Energy HQ - Various

  6. Degree Apprenticeships - Sellafield Ltd - Quality Management

  7. Degree Apprenticeships - Sellafield Ltd - Project Management

  8. Degree Apprenticeships - Sellafield Ltd - Operations

  9. AWE Apprenticeship - Business Administration

  10. AWE Apprenticeship - Civil Engineering Degree

  11. AWE Apprenticeship - Ordnance Munitions and Explosives Degree

  12. AWE Apprenticeship - Infrastructure Technician

  13. Cavendish Nuclear Apprenticeship - Mechanical CAD Design

  14. Cavendish Nuclear Apprenticeship - Mechanical Manufacturing

  15. Cavendish Nuclear Apprenticeship - Project Controls

  16. Cavendish Nuclear Apprenticeship - Radiation Protection Instrumentation

  17. AWE Apprenticeship - Lab Technicians

  18. AWE Apprenticeship - Quality Inspectors

  19. AWE Apprenticeship - Precision Machining

  20. AWE Apprenticeship - Mechanical Maintenance

  21. AWE Apprenticeship - Control and Instrumentation

  22. AWE Apprenticeship - Technical Author

  23. AWE Apprenticeship - Project Controls

  24. AWE Apprenticeship - Manufacturing Engineering Degree

  25. AWE Apprenticeship - Nuclear Engineer Degree

  26. AWE Apprenticeship - Electronic Maintenance

  27. AWE Apprenticeship - Electrical Maintenance

  28. AWE Apprenticeship - Mechatronics

  29. Degree Apprenticeships - Sellafield Ltd - Operational Research & Analytics

  30. Degree Apprenticeships - Sellafield Ltd - Control Systems

  31. Degree Apprenticeships - Sellafield Ltd - Civil Asset Management

  32. Degree Apprenticeships - Sellafield Ltd - Engineering Design

  33. NNL Apprenticeships - Craft Mechanical

  34. NNL Apprenticeships - Scientific

  35. Cavendish Nuclear Apprenticeship - Electrical CAD Design

  36. Cavendish Nuclear Apprenticeship - Electrical Controls and Instrumentation

  37. Cavendish Nuclear Apprenticeship - Science (Environmental Labs)

  38. Cavendish Nuclear Apprenticeship - Welding & Pipefitting

  39. NNL Apprenticeships - Craft Electrical

  40. NNL Apprenticeships - Engineering Design

  41. NNL Apprenticeships - Business and Administration

  42. NNL Apprenticeships - Project Management

  43. Apprenticeships - EDF Energy - Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship

  44. Apprenticeships - EDF Energy - Supply Chain ( Commercial) Apprenticeship

  45. Apprenticeships - EDF Energy - Nuclear Engineer Degree Apprenticeship

  46. Apprenticeships - EDF Energy - Non-Destructive Testing Engineer (NDT)

  47. Apprenticeships - EDF Energy - Chemistry apprenticeship

Nuclear Engineer Degree Apprenticeship - EDF Energy

At EDF Energy, they are big on supporting people as they set out on their careers. Over four years, you’ll learn from experts, gaining valuable experience while studying for a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering. You can expect on-the-job training and the kind of practical experience you can't get on campus.

What EDF Energy are looking for

  • 102 UCAS points - ideally three A-Levels (at grade C or above), including maths and a science subject or a relevant Level 3 qualification, such as a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with a strong mathematical element

  • Ability to demonstrate enthusiasm for engineering in the nuclear industry

  • Clear ambition to develop a career within EDF Energy

  • Ability to engage people at all levels and work within a team

Where EDF Energy could take you

Once you’ve completed the scheme, you’ll have both academic qualifications and years of experience within EDF Energy. That means you’ll be in the best possible position to continue your career. 

The future is yours for the taking!

What’s in it for you?

  • £17,821 a year with annual pay increases

  • Pension scheme

  • 25 days’ paid holiday

  • Wellbeing and support services

  • Flexible benefits package

Where you'll be based

You'll be working within a team-based at one of the EDF Energy power stations during the apprenticeshipSizewell B or Hinkley Point B. You will split your time between your EDF Energy workplace and the National College for Nuclear (southern hub).

You can also find Apprenticeship schemes on the EDF Energy website covering the [fingers crossed] new Nuclear New Build at Sizewell C.

  1. Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship

  2. Supply Chain ( Commercial) Apprenticeship

  3. Nuclear Engineer Degree Apprenticeship

  4. Non-Destructive Testing Engineer (NDT)

  5. Chemistry apprenticeship

Nuclear Engineering - Degree Apprenticeship - Lancashire Energy HQ

Entry Requirements To be eligible for a degree apprenticeship, you must first be employed within an appropriate setting/sector and have confirmation of sponsorship.

You will need a minimum of 80 UCAS points (excluding Functional Skills) in an appropriate discipline and GCSEs in English Language, Maths and a science subject at grade 4 (previously grade C) or above.

Your employer will offset the tuition fees associated with this program against the Apprenticeship Levy; they should seek financial guidance on this through professional services.

Teaching and Learning Methods

This course is studied on a modular basis, leading to a foundation degree qualification after three years and, following a further two years of study, an honours top-up degree. At just one-day per week, the program schedule can fit your employer's demands. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. However, the program structure is designed to ease you into this with opportunities to develop your academic skills and literacy.

Teaching methods range from lectures and seminars to group tutorials and small groups in our nuclear simulator and our materials and manufacturing labs. You will also have open access to our online program resources.

We will allocate you your tutor who will guide you throughout the course, support your development, advise you on future career paths, and generally help you to get the most out of your time with us.

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in delivering any courses within the College are approved to teach and/or assess the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering and/or assessing a given program are appropriately qualified, with relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Career Options and Progression

A degree in nuclear engineering offers transferrable skills in various fields, including nuclear, automotive, civil, control and instrumentation, electrical, or mechanical engineering. Some graduates pursue roles in designing and analysing complex engineering systems such as nuclear reactors, while others follow engineering management roles. Graduates may later seek professional recognition such as Chartered Engineer status (CEng) or certified Engineering Technician (EngTech).

Engineering tends to attract comparatively high salaries for graduates compared with other study subjects and is consistently among the highest paid professions in the UK. A small proportion of engineering graduates move into support areas such as project management, procurement, or design, calling on their technical and analytical abilities developed throughout their study.

Graduates from the BEng (Hons) program enter employment locally, nationally, or even internationally with an industry-recognized qualification. They can also choose to progress onto level 7 courses (master’s degrees) offered by Lancaster University and other universities nationwide.

Degree Apprenticeship - Sellafield Ltd

Sellafield Ltd is home to one of the most highly respected apprentice programs in the UK.

Their Degree Apprenticeships offer the perfect balance of on-the-job training and experience whilst enabling you to study for a degree without covering the cost of tuition.

Through a degree apprenticeship, you could gain;

  • Higher-level qualifications than a regular apprenticeship

  • Professional accreditation and memberships

  • On the job experience and skills recognised by employers

  • A degree qualification without the tuition fees

  • An excellent opportunity to develop your future career path

Entry Requirements

The Sellafield Ltd degree apprenticeships are aimed at those studying for A-Levels or equivalent. The entry requirements for the degree apprenticeship schemes are:

  • Minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grades 9 to 4 (Grades A* to C) including Mathematics, English, and an Engineering or Science subject.

  • Minimum of 96 UCAS points at A-Level, STEM subjects preferred (e.g., mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics or Science) but not mandatory. Other Level 3 STEM qualifications may be considered.

  • HNC & HND qualifications in relevant disciplines will also be considered as equivalent to UCAS points.

  • If you do not have Mathematics at A-Level, you must achieve a minimum of Grade 6 (Grade B) at GCSE.

Degree Apprenticeship Pathways

What you will be doing day to day will depend on your chosen pathway; we offer several different degrees apprenticeship pathways, including:

  1. Technical

  2. Scientific

  3. Quality Management

  4. Project Management

  5. Operations

  6. Operational Research & Analytics

  7. Control Systems

  8. Civil Asset Management

  9. Engineering Design

NNL Apprenticeships

The National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) offers apprenticeships in various areas from science and engineering to project management and business administration. You’ll learn from pioneering industry specialists at some of the world’s leading facilities. 

As an NNL apprentice, you can help share the future of the industry. We’re proud that 95% of their apprentices have progressed into permanent roles with them. 

The NNL dedicated Beginner to Winner apprentice program will ensure your career is launched on a successful trajectory.

An apprenticeship at NNL opens up a world of potential, giving you the knowledge and experience to help you achieve your career goals.

NNL are looking for the best apprentices to ensure a prosperous future for the Nuclear Industry.

NNL Apprenticeships include:

  1. Craft Mechanical

  2. Scientific

  3. Craft Electrical

  4. Engineering Design

  5. Business and Administration

  6. Project Management

Westinghouse Degree Apprenticeship

Westinghouse Springfields have introduced Degree Apprenticeships in Business and Engineering. 

The aim is to supply specialist business and engineering roles with bright, talented, and enthusiastic young people supporting the growing nuclear arena. Trainees will complete a training program and academic qualifications leading to a Business or Engineering Degree (Hons).

It is aimed at young people with at least 4 GCSE A*-C (new 9 to 4) grades, including Mathematics, English Language.

For the Nuclear Engineering Degree apprenticeship:

  • Science GCSE A*-C Grade plus

  • 3 GCE A-levels (achieved or predicted), including Mathematics and/or a Science/Technology subject

  • BTEC Level 3 qualification in an Engineering/Technology subject with at least Distinction Merit Grade (achieved or predicted).

  • Duration of Apprenticeship is 5 Years

For the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship:

Aimed at young people with at least 4 GCSE A*-C (new 9 to 4) grades including; Mathematics, English Language and studied A-Levels or a vocational qualification such as a BTEC. Prior work experience would be considered on a case by case basis.

The duration of the Apprenticeship is 4 Years.

Trainees joining us on the Degree Apprenticeships will attend college one day per week and work towards work placements within various business units.

Degree Apprentices will participate in activities that complement our business targets and objectives, working alongside qualified personnel.

The apprenticeship is open specifically to 18 years and over wishing to pursue a career in the nuclear industry.

Joining the business teams, you will be based primarily at our Westinghouse Springfields site. Upon successful completion of your training, future opportunities may arise at this or other Westinghouse locations.

Applicants will undertake a medical assessment, be eligible to work in the UK, and successfully achieve security clearance; Westinghouse Springfields is an equal opportunities employer.

For the Cyber Security Degree apprenticeship:

Suppose you have a genuine passion for technology, understanding cybersecurity threats, and learning how to protect against them and develop a career in IT. In that case, a cybersecurity degree apprenticeship at Springfields Fuels is ideal for you.

It's a unique opportunity to develop advanced skills while helping us to grow our technical capabilities. You'll learn while you earn, gain a recognised qualification and build your experience and confidence in the workplace.

Working within our IT department, you should operate with a considerable degree of autonomy and research, analyse, model, assess, and manage cybersecurity risks; design, develop, justify, manage and operate security solutions; and detect and respond to incidents.

You must have the ability to work on your initiative and cooperate effectively as a team member. Throughout the apprenticeship, you will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and practical skills with a broad range of technologies.

We’re looking for bright, enthusiastic, and driven candidates who can contribute to Springfields' success.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, and all eligible applicants will ideally have

  • 3 A Levels with at least one qualification in Maths or a Science/Technology subject.

  • 5 GCSE passes at grade A*-C (or levels 9-4), including Maths and English. Alternatively, a BTEC in an Engineering or Technology based subject is suitable.

  • Prior work experience would be considered on a case by case basis.

Cavendish Nuclear Apprenticeships

Are you self-motivated? Do you have a desire always to be learning and improving yourself? Are you looking for an alternative route to college or university where you can earn whilst you learn? If this sounds like you, then Cavendish Nuclear is the place to start your career as an apprentice!

At Cavendish, Nuclear apprenticeships aren’t just about training for a job. We see our apprentices as our business's future, passing on all the vital skills and knowledge needed to deliver a quality service to our customers both now and in the future. You will get the opportunity to learn from experts in their field, and you will be supported and encouraged to develop new skills and work towards recognised qualifications.

We have opportunities in Cumbria, Warrington, Leicester, and Bristol and at our customer's sites covering a range of disciplines and careers paths in;

  1. Electrical CAD Design

  2. Electrical Controls and Instrumentation

  3. Mechanical CAD Design

  4. Mechanical Manufacturing

  5. Project Controls

  6. Radiation Protection Instrumentation

  7. Science (Environmental Labs)

  8. Welding & Pipefitting

You could be based in Leicester, the North West or Bristol depending on which role you are interested in.

As you’d expect, there are minimum entry requirements for you to be eligible. You will need to have or are expected to have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s at Grade 4 (C) or above, including English, Science, and Maths at Grade 5 (B) or. You must also be eligible to work in the UK permanently and satisfy the Ministry of Defence security clearance.

AWE Apprenticeships

We have various apprenticeships that cover all areas of our business, from electrical maintenance and business administration to radiation protection and finance.

An apprenticeship with us will give you on-the-job training and hands-on experience of working in a business. We’ll also support you to gain a professional qualification through approved, apprenticeship-standard structured college learning. Also, you’ll take on stretching challenges, working on projects that you won’t find anywhere else.

Whatever your skills or passion, you’ll discover that one of the significant benefits of an AWE apprenticeship is direction. Throughout the programme, you’ll receive regular feedback and coaching, while experts in your chosen field will be on hand to advise, support, and help you to realise your potential. They’ll work with you to map out your path (or paths) at AWE, so you can start looking ahead. From there, an AWE career is whatever you make it.

We have the following roles available:

  1. Business Administration

  2. Civil Engineering Degree

  3. Ordnance Munitions and Explosives Degree

  4. Infrastructure Technician

  5. Lab Technicians

  6. Quality Inspectors

  7. Precision Machining

  8. Mechanical Maintenance

  9. Control and Instrumentation

  10. Technical Author

  11. Project Controls

  12. Manufacturing Engineering Degree

  13. Nuclear Engineer Degree

  14. Electronic Maintenance

  15. Electrical Maintenance

  16. Mechatronics

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