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Nuclear Degree Apprentice

Office for Nuclear Regulation
Redgrave Court Building 4, Merton Road, Bootle, L20 7HS
£20,656.00 annually
Closing date
26 May 2022

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The Nuclear Degree Apprenticeship Scheme recruits and develops A-Level / B-TEC qualified (or equivalent) individuals to become the next generation of nuclear engineers, scientists and inspectors. Nuclear Degree Apprentices will develop an understanding of working on Nuclear Licenced Sites, and the regulation of such, supporting the safe design, build, commissioning, operation and decommisisoning of the civil nuclear industry including power generation.

The Nuclear Degree Apprenticeship is a five year programme, during which you will work towards the Level 6 Nuclear Scientist & Nuclear Engineer Standard. This involves an initial phase of engineering appreciation and awareness, followed by a series of exciting placements within areas such as nuclear integration, plant operation, maintenance, testing, commissioning and nuclear safety, inspection and regulation.

Our Nuclear Degree Apprentices follow a set placement schedule, which will include placements with the different engineering and science specialisms that are needed to regulate the complex, complicated and hazardous nuclear industry. This will primarily be at our headquarters in Bootle. During the apprenticeship, you will be involved in a wide variety of tasks and have ample opportunity to develop technical knowledge and mature professional behaviours. These tasks could include: specification and management of projects; individual research to update engineering good practice; assessing the adequacy of safety claims, inspecting operations or maintenance, and being part of an investigation team.

This will build into a comprehensive portfolio of experiences to demonstrate the knowledge and competencies gained. You will also complete a BEng (Hons) Degree in Nuclear Engineering which runs for the duration of the apprenticeship and is fully funded by the organisation.Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship you will have gained a BEng (Hons) Degree in Nuclear Engineering from Lancaster University. You will have also gained five years of experience within various technical specialisms related to the regulation of the civil nuclear industry. Opportunities for career progression within ONR are excellent subject to a formal employment offer being made.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • You should have a keen interest in engineering and technology and be prepared to study this to degree level.
  • Good attention to detail and awareness of health and safety are also essential qualities for this apprenticeship.
  • The ability to communicate clearly is also key.

Personal qualities

  • An interest in the nuclear sector and keen appreciation of engineering and mathematics.

Desired qualifications

You will need five GCSEs grade A*-C/ 4-9 (or equivalent) including Maths, English and Science/technical subject and 96 UCAS points or equivalent (excluding UCAS points gained at AS level) to include Maths plus one other STEM subject (excluding General Studies).

Future prospects

Upon successful completion of the Apprenticeship Programme there are development opportunities within the organisation to work towards becoming a Nuclear Inspector.

Nuclear Inspectors are expected to be capable of undertaking a variety of roles:
  • Inspecting sites
  • Assessing technical safety cases
  • Enforcing the law and influencing improvement in safety cases
  • Investigating incidents;
  • Developing strategic approaches to secure high standards in the industry
  • Managing nuclear research contracts etc

Some inspectors concentrate on undertaking planned and reactive inspections on site, while others will mainly assess safety submissions or manage discrete intervention projects. However, the focus is on working as teams to ensure compliance, reassure the public and improve safety standards.

Things to consider

Please ensure that you meet the vacancy entry requirements before submitting your application.

As part of the college application process, you will be required to provide a copy of your CV and also complete the online initial assessments in English and maths.
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