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Cyclife - Mechanical Engineering Degree Apprenticeship - Level 6

1 Joseph Noble Road, Lillyhall, CA14 4JX
£15,950.00 annually
Closing date
9 Jul 2022

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Engineering & Aerospace
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
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What will the apprentice be doing?

At the end of the apprenticeship you will utilising the following occupational knowledge and skills in your role at Cyclife:

Working competently in a technical nuclear environment, understand and promote personal responsibility for Health, Safety, Radiation Protection, Environmental Protection, Quality, Security, Safeguards and principles of Risk Management.
Analysing engineering and scientific problems
Developing and critically applying knowledge of the concepts, principles and theories of engineering science relevant to the interdisciplinary fields of nuclear technology.
Demonstrating an understanding of stakeholder requirements, commercial awareness, business improvement, project and business management techniques relevant to the nuclear industry.
Applying your science or engineering discipline knowledge to the development, operation, maintenance and progression of technologies used for Decommissioning (e.g. remote handling and robotics), Waste Management, Reprocessing, and Nuclear Power Generation.
Specifying, planning, managing, conducting and reporting on nuclear projects
Synthesising information from a variety of sources and apply to the solution of a particular nuclear technology application.
Accurately observing, recording and drawing conclusions from data and experimental evidence, recognising inherent uncertainties and limitations.
Applying design processes including materials selection that meet nuclear industry standards.
Demonstrating an understanding of Regulatory requirements both national and international.
Developing technical reports that meet requirements of the prevailing verification process.
Demonstrating knowledge of the nuclear industry (past, present and future) and the business, political and community environment in which the company operates including personal role within the organisation, ethical practice and codes of conduct.
Demonstrating an understanding of root cause analysis and learning from experience (LFE) processes.
Demonstrating knowledge of the technology, safety, environmental and economics of nuclear fuels and the nuclear fuel cycle.
Applying the standards for nuclear professional practice as required by the industry and professional body institutions.

At the end of the apprenticeship you will demonstrating the followingbehavioursin your role at Cyclife:

Communicating effectively and appropriately using a full range of skills; technical speaking to a scientific / engineering audience, active listening, professional writing, professional body language, technical presentation.
Demonstrating reliability, integrity and respect for confidentiality on work related and personal matters.
Working autonomously and interact effectively within a wide, multi-disciplinary project team.
Understanding the impact of work on others, especially where related to diversity and equality.
Managing time effectively, being able to plan and complete work to schedule.
Demonstrating a supportive attitude to change and respond positively to change management processes.
Taking responsibility for personal development, demonstrating commitment to learning and self- improvement and be open to feedback.
Demonstrating a strong commitment to personal safety behaviours and understanding of the consequences as set out in the nuclear industry requirements.
Taking responsibility to actively challenge unsafe behaviours and conditions in the workplace to help reinforce nuclear, radiological and conventional safety over competing goals to ensure the protection of people and the environment.
Demonstrating compliance by following rules, procedures and principles to ensure work completed is fit for purpose and paying attention to detail and carry out error checks throughout work activities.
Demonstrable commitment to sustainability in work design and application.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

This apprenticeship is delivered in line with Apprenticeship Standard ST0289 - Nuclear Scientist and Nuclear Engineer (Integrated Degree) and will be delivered at Lakes College, West Cumbria, in conjunction with the University of Cumbria.

The Honours Degree in Science provides a higher education scientific experience for the student in decommissioning & waste management. The course has been designed
to provide a combination of extensive practical work supported by academic studies with a unique experience within the National College for Nuclear Northern Hub. The aim of the programme is to provide work ready scientists with the relevant skills, knowledge and behaviours to work within a highly technical environment.

During the honours degree you will study on one of three pathways with topic areas which will include:
  • Professional Development
  • Radioactive Waste Storage & Environmental Impact
  • Radiological Measurement & Laboratory
  • Project Management in Nuclear
  • Robot Systems, Configuration & Programming

The course will be delivered on a block release basis providing opportunities for students to undertake individual modules supporting continuous professional
development. A range of delivery methods will be utilised during studies with a large emphasis on 'learning from doing'. This will include the use of a virtual realty suite enabling the students to experience industrial systems and situations within a safe environment. In addition the students will have the opportunity to work within the brand new National College for Nuclear Northern Hub, with state of the art equipment preparing for real work experiences and real industrial scenarios. A large proportion of the student activity will be with project work.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Upon successful completion of this apprenticeship, you will be eligible to apply for:
  • Professional registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Registered Scientist (RSci)
  • Membership of a Professional Institute

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills


NVQ or SVQ Level 2 or equivalent English (Grade A*-C) Essential
NVQ or SVQ Level 2 or equivalent Maths (Grade A*-C) Essential
NVQ or SVQ Level 3 or equivalent Any (Grade CCC) Essential
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