UK Atomic Energy Authority


Accreditations:
       
IET   Institution of Mechanical Engineers   The Nuclear Institute
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APPRENTICESHIP
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Qualification Framework

 

The Scheme


To maintain the engineering skills required at technician level at the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), we run a four year Advanced Apprenticeship Training Scheme.

The first year of Apprentice Training will take place at the Oxford Advanced Skills Academy (OAS) http://www.oas.ukaea.uk. Followed by further training carried out at UKAEA Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE), for the remaining three years of the training scheme.



Year 1


The first six months is based at a local college, where the apprentice will develop basic practical skills, for both mechanical and electrical engineering, otherwise known as Performing Engineering Operations (PEO), for four days a week. The fifth day is allocated to learning the theory in their chosen discipline, which will provide a BTEC Level 3 qualification, upon completion (2 years). After six months full time at college, the apprentice will then come to work at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) for four days a week and continue to attend college on one day per week.

Once on site the apprentice will visit 10 different departments and spend 3 months in each area, learning about the different types of work that contribute towards achieving fusion, whilst picking up valuable new skills .



Year 2


During the second year (and part of the third year) the apprentice will gain experience of working on site by visiting various departments. They will work with each department for 3 months, learning about the different types of work that contribute toward achieving fusion, whilst picking up valuable new skills.

The apprentice will also continue to attend OAS one day a week (during the 2nd year) in order to complete the EAL Extended Diploma in Engineering Level 3 qualification.





Years 3 and 4


Training placements continue around site, with attendance at a local college on day release, to work towards an HNC or Foundation Degree.

Halfway through year three the final placement will start. This placement is influenced by UKAEA CCFE’s Business needs and would endeavour to consider any work preferences that the apprentice may have. During this final placement, the apprentice will work towards achieving an NVQ Level III qualification.

On successful completion of the 4 year Advanced Apprenticeship, the apprentice will be presented with his/her Indentures, EAL Extended Diploma in Engineering Level 3, NVQ Level 3, HNC and Certificate of Advanced Apprenticeship .










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