Nuclear Apprentice Job of the Week - Engineering Design Apprentice - Sellafield Ltd, Risley, England

Updated: Dec 17, 2020

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Recruiter: Sellafield Ltd

Location: North West, UK

Employment Type: Permanent

Rate of Pay: Sellafield Reward Page for info

Closing Date: 9th March 2018

Start Date: September 2018

Company Information

Sellafield Ltd is responsible for safely delivering Decommissioning, Reprocessing and Nuclear Waste Management activities on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

As a Sellafield Ltd Design Apprentice you will be part of an existing programme that trains and develops the future design technicians and engineers needed to ensure Sellafield Ltd can safely and successfully deliver our current and future missions. Through this Degree Apprenticeship you will gain excellent engineering qualifications and a broad base of practical nuclear design experience.

Many of the Sellafield Ltd engineers, managers and leaders started their career as an Apprentice and continue to benefit from the first class foundation it gave them. Apprenticeships are the gold standard for work based learning and we believe the Sellafield Ltd Design Apprenticeship is one of the best available.

Job Description

Over five years you will be provided with a structured training scheme giving you the opportunity to develop your skills and experience in Nuclear Engineering Design at Sellafield Ltd and their supply chain partners.

You will receive foundation training in all aspects of workshop-based engineering. The majority of your apprenticeship will be based in the Sellafield Ltd offices and production facilities, training alongside and learning from professional engineers, working towards and completing your Level 5 HNC/HND in your first three years.

For candidates with potential to progress, you will have the opportunity to complete a Level 6 Degree B Eng in Nuclear Science & Engineering over a further 2 Year Period.

The Sellafield Ltd Design Apprenticeship is split into three disciplines: mechanical design; control, electrical and instrumentation design; and civil and structural design. You will learn common elements of engineering such as the application of maths and science to engineering, fundamentals of engineering drawing and design, Computer Aided Design (CAD) software and its appropriate application including 2D and 3D modelling.

You will understand how to work safely at all times, complying with national and industry health and safety requirements, and work in accordance with company management systems, policies and procedures.

You will learn how to assess the factors that are important to functional design e.g. the context in which you are working, the materials, components, assemblies, cost, quality, safety, security, risk, environmental impact, ergonomics, aesthetics, the end use and reliability.

In each of the three disciplines you will learn specialist technical knowledge.

For mechanical this includes: mechanical principles, material selection and application; mechanical annotation including geometrical tolerances, limits and fits, surface finishes; mechanical handling; welding, fasteners and fabrications.

For control, electrical and instrumentation this includes: electrical power generation & distribution; lighting & small power systems; principles of earthing & lightning protection; cable types, specification, and installation requirements; combinational and sequential logic and control systems; instrumentation principles and application.

For civil and structural this includes: structural principles and application; construction drawings of building structures and infrastructure, utilising multiple materials including: steel, concrete, masonry; construction processes, methods and details.

In years 1 to 3, you will complete a level 5 HNC/HND in your chosen discipline at Wigan & Leigh College. For candidates with the potential to progress further, you will complete a level 6 BEng in your chosen in years 4 to 5.

Qualification Requirements

  • Minimum of 96 UCAS points, including Mathematics and Science at A Level Grade C or above. Other Level 3 STEM qualifications may be considered.

  • Minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C (Step 4) or above, including English Language, Mathematics & a Science subject (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Science or similar).

Desirable Skills

  • We are looking for bright, articulate, enthusiastic and punctual people, with a good attitude, a willingness to learn and with a real interest in engineering.

  • An demonstrable interest in a career in engineering through appropriate subject choices at GCSE and/or A Level, i.e. science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.

  • Evidence of skills such as Leadership, Teamwork and Community work (prefect at school, Duke of Edinburgh, mentoring younger students or sports captain, etc.)

  • A passion for engineering demonstrated not only in your academics but also in your hobbies and interests.

Closing Date

Applications will close on the 9th March 2018.

Interview Dates

Interviews are expected to take place over the 18th, 19th and 20th April 2018 at the Sellafield Ltd Risley offices in Warrington.

Start Date

The Engineering Design Degree Apprenticeship is expected to start in early September 2018.

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Additional Information

You are advised to regularly check your emails (including any junk mail/spam folders) for correspondence related to this post, including assessment or interview invitations and any other type of correspondence relating to your application.

In the event of a high number of responses to any advert, Sellafield Ltd reserves the right to close the vacancy early.

In promoting equal opportunities, Sellafield Ltd welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We select people according to their abilities and our needs. As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

Get Into Nuclear

This is the type of opportunity gets us really excited at Get Into Nuclear. Excited and frustrated at the same time. Excited by the fact that this is a huge opportunity for anyone who has recently or is soon to be leaving college but frustrated by the fact that a lot of students are unaware of the opportunities out there for them.

Okay; so let's look at the six steps to get into nuclear:

#1 Know who you are: you are school or college leaver who genuinely has a passion for engineering and meets the minimum grade requirements set out. You are a confident, outgoing person who can demonstrate these qualities through your extra-curiculur activities including sports, groups hobbies and memberships.

#2 Know what you want: you are looking for an apprenticeship scheme role within engineering, live close-by or are willing to work in the Risley Area (in-between Manchester and Liverpool). You are driven and passionate about your future career in engineering within the UK Nuclear Industry - this will stand you apart as these roles are pretty much rocking horse droppings.

#3 Know the Business: Sellafield Ltd has been the mainstay in the history of the nuclear industry in the UK with a proud history and exciting lookahead. It is one of the largest employers and is the gold-standard when it comes to apprenticeships in the UK. Their website is very informative.

#4 Know the Skills: regarding this role the skills, qualifications, experience and competencies are that of any similar role within any industry. Where the difference could be on the successful candidate is in the application itself with your passion of nuclear engineering coming through.

Immerse yourself in everything Nuclear, Sellafield and particularly apprenticeships. The below video is something to get you started.

#5 Know the people: This role is being recruited by the Sellafield Ltd which is such are large company it is worth doing a LinkedIn search to find out if you know anyone who works there - you never know. Additionally you can get in contact with members of the YGN and past apprentices who will be more than willing to provide a helping hand.

#6 Be known: if you feel that you are ready for the particular role, go for it!

You can find the application page from the link above at the top of the page. If you would like us to have a review of your CV before submitting your application by all means pass this on to us via

If this role is something that you would be keen to get into but need implement a little personal development in stage 4 above you may find our Nuclear Careers Hub useful.

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