Nuclear industry apprenticeships

The nuclear industry offers a range of challenging and rewarding job opportunities across the UK.

The nuclear power industry is expanding through a new build programme in order to meet increasing demands for energy and a greater concern for our environment. This sector can provide a long-term, stable and rewarding career, and many nuclear workers spend their entire working lives within the industry. A career in the nuclear industry offers competitive pay, the potential for career development and challenging projects.

The industry is supported by a wide variety of supply chain companies, such as engineering and construction contractors, fabricators of specialist equipment, manufacturers and specialist service providers, which may provide further opportunities for employment.

Nuclear career opportunities

After undergoing an intermediate level apprenticeship, skilled operatives and technicians could find themselves working in a variety of roles within the nuclear industry.

A decommissioning operative would be involved in the safe decommissioning of plant and equipment on a licensed nuclear site.

A radiation monitor would play a key role in the safe monitoring of personnel and work environments.

Within the industry there are many opportunities to progress to technician, supervisory or management roles. British nuclear industry skills are also highly valued abroad.

Degree apprenticeship

The new nuclear scientist and nuclear engineer apprenticeship will give you the knowledge and skills needed to enable systems and equipment to operate safely, efficiently and in an environmentally sustainable way, meeting the requirements set out by your employer.

You will have a fundamental knowledge of engineering/science principles and practices relevant to the nuclear industry and will be able to demonstrate skills relevant to your job role - these will typically include design, plant performance enhancements, operational management, project management and maintenance of safety standards utilising. You will use analytical thinking to provide innovative solutions and develop good communication and team skills.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary but employers will generally expect you to have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English, maths and a science subject, plus a minimum of 240 UCAS points or existing relevant Level 3 qualifications.

On completion of this apprenticeship, you will hold a bachelors (honours) degree qualification (at Level 6), accredited by the constituent bodies of the Engineering/Science Council.

You will also be eligible to apply for professional registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Registered Scientist (RSci) and membership of a professional institute. The apprenticeship will typically take between three and five years to complete.

Want to find out more?

Further information on nuclear working apprenticeships can be found at Cogent [new window].

Reproduced from The Apprenticeship Guide [new window].