National Nuclear Laboratory Apprenticeships 2021

Who are NNL?

When established in 2008, NNL (the National Nuclear Laboratory) brought together the UK’s nuclear research and development capability into one organisation. Their workforce represents a combined 10,000 years of expertise in nuclear science and technology and they're continuing to grow.

NNL has the vision to provide world-leading nuclear expertise and innovation.

The business model of NNL is quite unique in that they don’t take a profit. Instead, they call the money that they make Earnings to Reinvest. It all goes back into the business to develop science, innovation technology and people.


The NNL Central Laboratory on Sellafield Site is the most modern and advanced facility of its kind in the world. They have other facilities and you will be able to find jobs at NNL Workington, NNL Preston, NNL Warrington, NNL Stonehouse and NNL Culham.

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You can best find NNL jobs using the NNL Careers Login page where you will find a number of NNL Vacancies for a variety of roles from Entry Level to Director. If you ever want a discussion before applying for any nuclear role feel from to reach out to us at Get Into Nuclear on any of our social media channels.

NNL Nuclear Apprenticeships 2021

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


NNL offer apprenticeships in a range of 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. NNL proudly proclaim that 95% of their apprentices have progressed into permanent roles with them.


To welcome you into the business, all apprentices join a three-day induction programme. This will give you an understanding of the business, the programme you will follow and what NNL will expect from you.


Then you’ll begin your apprenticeship: combining on-the-job experience with training sessions focused on personal development for the first few months.


Recruitment for apprentices tends to take place in January, so keep checking this page to find out more about specific roles and how to apply.


To find out more, download their Beginner to Winner Apprentice flyer.



The 8 Apprenticeship Schemes Offered by NNL in 2021


You can apply for one of the roles on the Get Into Nuclear Job Board. This year NNL have a total of 8 different nuclear apprenticeships for you to choose from.


Apprenticeships are critical to meeting the future skills needs of the nuclear industry for the nuclear new build programme, as well as long term decommissioning. The industry's Nuclear Workforce Assessment 2017 has forecast a requirement of over 100,000 people by the early 2020s to meet industry needs.


#1 Scientific Apprenticeship

As a nuclear Scientist, you will be working at the forefront of the nuclear research and development programme that makes NNL one of the world leaders in nuclear energy. Scientific technicians are needed to test and calibrate equipment as well as undertake investigations and analyse samples. You will work with hazardous substances; you will learn about health and safety procedures and safe working practices.


#2 Project Controls Technician Apprenticeship

As a Project Controls Technician, you will be controlling, monitoring and systematically analysing progress and performance data on engineering and infrastructure projects. You will require strong analytical skills and a practical approach to interpret technical information. You will developing your experience of using specific, complex software tools to undertake a wide range of project controls tasks, including: identifying the right data for scrutinising progress; setting baseline targets; tracking progress and performance; forecasting trends; identifying, modelling and anticipating deviations from baseline; assessing the impact of design/construction changes; and using insight to recommend early preventative and remedial actions.


#3 Business Administration Apprenticeship

NNL are looking for Business Administration apprentices who have a highly transferable set of knowledge, skills and behaviours that can be applied with the nuclear sector. The role will involve working independently as well as part of a team and will involve developing, implementing, maintaining and improving administrative services. The role will also involve developing your key skills and behaviours to support and enhance your own progression towards management responsibilities.


#4 Electrical Craft Apprenticeship

Craft Electricians maintain and repair a diverse range of electrical equipment that is essential to the safety and efficiency of all areas of our sites. Highly skilled with a logical and methodical approach to their work, electricians work with electrical equipment and supplies on a wide range of engineering machinery and equipment.


#5 Scientific Apprenticeship

As a laboratory technician scientific apprentice, you will be working at the forefront of the nuclear research and development programme that makes NNL one of the world leaders in nuclear energy. Our Scientific apprentices are needed to support our nuclear research and development by operating our process equipment, testing and calibration of equipment as well as undertaking investigations and analysis of samples.


#6 Mechanical Craft Apprenticeship

Our Craft Mechanics specialise in the maintenance, and occasional manufacture, of all mechanical equipment to ensure optimum and consistent performance levels. Mechanical craftspeople are highly skilled and can work in a wide variety of industries and sectors with complex plant and equipment.


#7 Project Controls Technician Apprenticeship

As a Project Controls Technician, you will be controlling, monitoring and systematically analysing progress and performance data on engineering and infrastructure projects. You will require strong analytical skills and a practical approach to interpret technical information. You will developing your experience of using specific, complex software tools to undertake a wide range of project controls tasks, including: identifying the right data for scrutinising progress; setting baseline targets; tracking progress and performance; forecasting trends; identifying, modelling and anticipating deviations from baseline; assessing the impact of design/construction changes; and using insight to recommend early preventative and remedial actions.


#8 Nuclear Engineer Apprenticeship

A Nuclear Engineer is responsible for the hands-on operation of plant systems and equipment on our nuclear facility. This involves working within a variety of environments within our facility, either operational work or decommissioning work (a process of removing all radioactive, non-radioactive and contaminated plant and equipment), necessitating the use of innovative methods and equipment, where required, and the practical skills associated with this. The working conditions are varied and will involve wearing specialist safety equipment. The selected candidate will be required to work individually and as part of a team, meeting required standards and adhering to strict controls and procedures. Nuclear sites are highly regulated, and a premium is placed on demonstrating an understanding of nuclear, radiological and conventional safety, together with the appropriate attitudes and behaviours to ensure apprentices comply with organisational safety and regulatory requirements at all times.




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