Apprenticeships with National Nuclear Laboratory

The National Nuclear Laboratory Apprenticeship programme offers a wide range of roles across the business. These range from science and engineering, to project management and business administration. More than 95% of students who complete a National Nuclear Laboratory Apprenticeship progress into a permanent role with the NNL.

The NNL is wholly-owned by the UK Government, and all the money it makes is re-invested into the business. It was founded in 2008 and is the UK’s primary provider of nuclear services technology across the nuclear fuel cycle. This includes everything from operating nuclear power stations, through to waste management and decommissioning.

The NNL’s Central Laboratory at Sellafield is the most advanced nuclear facility in the world. It supports new reactor build and operations, as well as clean-up and fuel processing. In contrast, the Preston site designs and makes nuclear fuels for advanced nuclear reactors.

The NNL has a workforce of more than 900 people who are based at six sites in the UK. These include: Culham, Preston, Sellafield, Stonehouse, Workington and Warrington.


National Nuclear Laboratory Apprenticeship

The National Nuclear Laboratory Apprenticeship programme has roles in the following areas:

Business and Administration
In this role, you will provide back office support for several different areas of the business. Your future career could be in either Finance, Human Resources, or Purchasing.

Craft Electrical
For this role, you must have perfect colour vision due to the nature of the work involved. You will also learn how to maintain and repair a wide range of electrical equipment.

Craft Mechanical
In this National Nuclear Laboratory Apprenticeship, you will learn how to maintain a wide range of complex plant and equipment. You will also learn a broad set of skills, including the use of milling and turning machines and other tools.

Project Management
As a Project Manager, you will learn how to ensure the smooth delivery of various processes and programmes across the business. These must be on budget and on time.

The National Nuclear Laboratory Apprenticeship programme also has two Degree level roles for those aged 18 or over. The first of these is a Nuclear Scientist apprenticeship, which also works towards a BA Degree in Chemistry. The second is an Engineering Design apprenticeship which also works towards a BA Degree, in Engineering.

Roles Available with National Nuclear Laboratory

The National Nuclear Laboratory Apprenticeship programme offers the following roles for 16 year olds:

  • Business Administration – Preston, Warrington and Cumbria
  • Craft Electrical – Preston and Sellafield
  • Craft Mechanical – Preston and Sellafield
  • Project Management – Warrington and Sellafield

The National Nuclear Laboratory Apprenticeship programme also has two Degree Level Apprenticeships for 18 year olds:

  • Engineering Design – Warrington and Sellafield
  • Nuclear Scientist – Preston and Sellafield

Education Requirements for National Nuclear Laboratory

To apply for a National Nuclear Laboratory Apprenticeship, you should have the following grades:

5 GCSEs at Grade A-C (9-4), including English and Maths:

  • Business Administration
  • Craft Mechanical
  • Craft Electrical
  • Project Management

You can apply for the above National Nuclear Laboratory Apprenticeship roles at the age of 16.

A Levels and 5 GCSEs:

  • Engineering Design
  • Nuclear Scientist

You must be at least 18 years old to apply for these National Nuclear Laboratory Apprenticeship Degree Level roles.

When can I apply for an apprenticeship at National Nuclear Laboratory?

The National Nuclear Laboratory Apprenticeship programme opens for applications in January each year.

Please refer to the National Nuclear Laboratory Apprenticeship website via the link below for details of current roles.

To find out more about this Apprenticeship at National Nuclear Laboratory register now:

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