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The application process

Generally, applications for our apprenticeships will open in early 2019 for September 2019 starts. Occasionally we recruit at other times throughout the year.

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Application Criteria
Engineering - You will need to have achieved or be expecting to achieve 5 GCSE passes at Grade C/4 or above in English, Maths and a Science or equivalent qualifications.

Other apprenticeships - You will need to have achieved or be expecting to achieve 5 GCSE passes at Grade C/4 or above in English and Maths or equivalent qualifications

Recruitment Process
On receipt of your application, we will check that you meet the initial criteria.
If you meet our initial requirements, your application will be considered with due care and consideration. The recruitment process will then follow these stages*:
• Face-to-face interview
• Assessment Centre
• Job Offer

*Each stage is subject to successful completion of the previous stage

Apprenticeships available for 2019:

  • Engineering Technician (Level 3) 42-48 Months ST0457
    Designing, building, servicing and repairing a range of engineering products and services. Our apprentice Engineering Technicians are trained by our skilled staff in a multitude of disciplines including mechanical, electrical, control instrumentation and electronic engineering. UKAEA provide individuals with first-class work experience and have the opportunity to train on-the-job within our fusion research programmes. Apprentices will experience design, build, maintenance, installation and programming opportunities during their training and provide all apprentices with the keys skills and knowledge to thrive and succeed in our hi-tech environment.
  • Electrician (Level 3) 42-48 Months ST0152
    Supporting the Electrical Services Group with installation works on large high and low voltage distribution systems, general electrical services within buildings such as lighting and small power and when required more specialist power and control systems for large plant.
  • Commercial Procurement (Level 4) 24 Months ST0313
    Buying the goods and services that enable an organisation to operate. The apprentice will support the daily, routine and periodic administration tasks within the procurement team & provide support to Procurement managers in the preparation and management and evaluation of tender exercises.
  • Assistant Accountant (Level 3) up to 24 Months ST0002
    - Assisting with financial processes, including treasury activities, and period end close duties.
    - Learning about the finance system and taking part in testing of changes and upgrades
    - Identifying and resolving issues for internal customers.
    - Progressing on to be responsible for the management accounts for a small area and getting involved with various audits and dealing with fixed assets.
  • Infrastructure Technician (Level 3) up to 18 Months ST0125
    An IT apprentice will typically start off within the central IT Support team gaining exposure to 1st line helpdesk requests such as helping users access email, printing and applications on the network. They will also be involved in building and deploying of Windows 10 PCs. There is also some exposure to Apple Mac and Linux operating systems.
    The apprentice will also be involved in the hardware side of desktops and laptops, trouble-shooting and carrying out upgrades of equipment.
    The Central Computing department also manage Servers, data centres and networking infrastructure which the IT Apprentice will gain experience from working within.
  • Nuclear Health Physics Monitor (Level 2) 24 Months ST0290
    A Health Physics technician uses specialist equipment to carry out radiological monitoring surveys for the purpose of protecting people, equipment and the environment from the adverse effects of ionising radiation.  Surveys include taking measurements of radiation dose rate and of airborne and surface contamination. The Health Physics technician will interpret results from surveys and formulate appropriate responses and actions. They will routinely support operational and experimental tasks.  They will also be involved in non-routine work and emergency response.
  • Building Services (Level 4) 36 Months ST0041
    Apprentices will be trained to undertake installation, testing, servicing, removal, replacement, maintenance and repair of a range of equipment, sometimes complex, as part of planned maintenance programmes. They may also undertake decommissioning activities when machinery plant is being removed from service.
  • Business Administrator (Level 3) 18 Months ST0070
    Supporting and engaging with different parts of the organisation and interact with internal or external customers.
  • Associate Project Manager (Level 4) 24 months ST0310
    The apprentice will provide co-ordination and support to one or more projects, ensuring procedures are followed and that all key project documents are in place and that projects are delivered to budget, schedule and quality standards.
    These projects are varied and typically involve the maintenance and enhancement of the two world class fusion devices on site as well as developing new facilities that advance enabling technologies for the international market in fusion development. Associate project managers need good planning, organisation, leadership, management and communication skills.

JET (Joint European Torus)

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