Nuclear Higher Apprenticeship - 2017 start

BAE Systems
Barrow in Furness, Cumbria
27 Sep 2016
27 Sep 2017
Start Date
24 months+

About the role

The Nuclear Higher Apprenticeship Scheme is actively looking to recruit and develop A- Level qualified (or equivalent) individuals who will become the next generation of nuclear engineers who build, test and commission BAE Systems world class submarines and ensure we continue to adhere to the nuclear site licence conditions.

About the scheme

The scheme typically runs for five years, with the first three years or Phase One being the opportunity to undertake varied and interesting placements in exciting nuclear areas such as Nuclear Engineering, Test & Commissioning and Reactor Operations. In the final two years or Phase Two of the scheme, Higher Apprentices work wholly and full time in one these relevant nuclear placements.

Throughout Phase One, all Nuclear Higher Apprentices follow a set placement schedule and are working towards completing a bespoke Nuclear Competency Workbook, which allows them to track the knowledge and experience they are acquiring. This provides crucial preparation for the transition to Phase Two, during which Higher Apprentices are placed specifically in one of the above nuclear functions and spend their final two years developing specifically for that role. 

What you’ll need

To apply for the Nuclear HA Trainee Scheme, you’ll require 3 A-levels grade A*-C (or equivalent), including Maths and a science related subject (excluding General Studies).

All applicants will be expected to be medically fit as deemed necessary to perform the role, be eligible to work in the UK and be able to successfully achieve security clearance. As a company committed to talent, we welcome applications from a diverse range of people, from all backgrounds and with many different skills, experience and perspectives.

Your development 

The focus of the Nuclear HA Scheme is on the development of the individual. You will be fully funded by the company to achieve a relevant level 4 qualification, followed by a full honours degree.

You’ll also have the opportunity to learn from colleagues who are experts in their field, and gain insights that can only come from experience in the workplace.  You will also be expected to take part in ‘Stretch Assignments’ these are opportunities to be involved in a variety of charitable and promotional projects to develop additional skills to those that can be learnt through college\placements.


  • Higher Education opportunity fully funded by BAE Systems (No University debt!)
  • Competitive starting salary, currently £17,500 potentially rising between £300-1200 every six months based upon your development
  • 25 days holiday per year
  • Pension scheme
  • Discounted healthcare and share schemes
  • Wide variety of development/training opportunities

Application process

The selection process is made up of four stages:

  1. Online application form; Application review
  2. Aptitude Testing
  3. Assessment Centre including; Competency Interview, Presentation and Group Exercise
  4. Medical & Security checks

TOP TIP: Be sure you give yourself enough time to prepare a quality application; it is worth spending some time to make sure all areas of the form are completed fully and properly. Good luck with your application.

Applications are open for 2017 starts between November 2016 and February 2017.