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CCFE Culham Apprentice's


How to apply

We normally offer 4 year Advanced Apprenticeships, which are open to all qualifying individuals living within daily travelling distance of Culham Science Centre.

CCFE is striving to recruit more women staff, particularly in scientific and engineering roles. In support of this, CCFE and its parent body the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) began working towards Athena SWAN accreditation in 2013 and achieved the Bronze award in October 2015.
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To apply for the Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme, applicants should have obtained, or expect to obtain (1) Maths (higher paper) and English Language GCSE – C grade or above (or Grade 4-9) or an academic equivalent.

In addition, you will need three other GCSEs (or equivalent) including a Natural Science, Engineering or Technology related subject at C Grade or above (or equivalent), or as an alternative, Engineering vocational qualification Level 3 of 90 credit value (540 GLH).

They should also be able to demonstrate an interest and aptitude for practical work.

Applications should be submitted by the 31st of March in the year that the apprenticeship would start.

  Please fill in our APPLICATION FORM HERE, thank you  

Eligible applicants will be invited to attend soon afterwards for a preliminary intelligence and aptitude test.

Those who are successful at this stage will be invited to attend an interview board, so that the candidate’s knowledge and interest in engineering can be assessed (whether as a school subject or as a hobby) as well as their general suitability for an apprenticeship.

The results of the interviews will be announced in early May, the successful applicants will be offered a four year apprenticeship in either Mechanical or Electrical disciplines. During August, those who have been selected will be invited, with their parents, to attend an open evening at the UKAEA Culham Science Centre to see the facilities, to discuss the apprenticeship scheme with the training staff and to sign indentures.

The Apprenticeship will start in September of that year.

(*1*) To account for the time separation between application and results, a conditional offer will be made subject to the attainment of predicted grades. These grades must be obtained in order to reach ours and the Apprenticeship’s minimum entry requirements.

Contact information:

  TELEPHONE: 01235 465112

Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Apprentice Recruitment,
Building J20/0/55, Culham Science Centre, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3DB

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