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Foundation Degree Apprenticeship Scheme 2024 - Safety Assessment Apprenticeship (Level 5)

Job Reference NNL/TP/30567/1989

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Number of Positions:
Contract Type:
Permanent - Full Time
Salary starting at £20,495
Working Hours:
Sellafield, Cumbria
Closing Date:
Business Area:
Nuclear Operations
Post / Zip Code:
CA20 1PG

Job Introduction

There’s never been a more exciting time to be part of the nuclear sector. New opportunities are being created all the time. At NNL, you’ll be in the ideal place to capitalise on this momentum, face new challenges and develop a long, successful and meaningful career. 
We’re an organisation that’s here to experiment and push the limits of what’s possible. So, if you’re keen to excel in your chosen field, this is the place to do it. Because at NNL, anything is possible.

NNL is not like any other business, and our apprenticeships are like no other. Our apprentices are our future, which is why we have a dedicated programme which supports you in your personal development whilst you complete your apprenticeship.

To join the NNL apprenticeship scheme you’ll already have a good academic background and should have attained or be on track to achieving 5 GCSE's 9-4 (A-C) including Maths and English. You should also be on track to complete, or have obtained a Level 3 qualification, such as A-levels, or completed an advanced apprenticeship.

You must be 18 years or over by September 2024.

To be eligible for this apprenticeship you must:

  • Not be enrolled on another funded apprenticeship or another funded further education or higher education programme at the time you start your new apprenticeship.
  • Only apply if the Nuclear Technician, Level 5 apprenticeship standard, is unrelated to any qualifications you already hold at the same or higher level. The apprenticeship you are applying for must be unrelated in subject and content from the qualification you already hold. 

You will have the right to work in the UK and be able to obtain SC level security clearance (this includes but is not limited to identity, employment, financial and criminal record checks plus 5 years’ worth of UK residency).

We’re looking for people who can be part of our future. People who want to succeed and have the commitment and motivation to get there. People who ask questions and demand answers, who’ll be open to learning and work hard.

We’re looking for bright, enthusiastic achievers who’ll want to be part of our mission to grow the nuclear industry. 

Main Responsibilities

For this apprenticeship (subject to pre-qualifications) you will follow the Nuclear Technician, Level 5 Apprenticeship standard, completing your Higher National Diploma through years 1 – 3.

NNL is where your solutions solve real-world problems. In your role you will support the development of safety cases in line with the site procedures of our customers. This will include safety assessment, preparation, delivery, implementation of safety case-related documents and provision of advice to support existing and future work requirements.

Your work will involve a combination of desk-based activities, computational modelling and plant visits in the areas of radiological safety and shielding, chemical safety, nuclear safety, human performance and security.

Your duties will include: 

  • Supporting the safety assessment technical teams in production of safety assessments
  • Supporting the delivery of studies to identify potential hazards and possible faults in operations and new plant designs
  • Preparation of documentation, including safety assessments, Criticality Clearance Certificates (CCC’s) and Technical Memos
  • Update of existing safety assessments 
  • Liaison with internal stakeholders, e.g., design and plant engineering, operations, Safety Case Manager and other specialists to ensure the safety assessment is fit for purpose and meets the facility’s needs
  • Support to Plant Modification Proposals (PMP)
  • Presentation of safety assessments as required

To welcome you into the business, your programme will start with a tailored induction. This will give you an understanding of the business, the programme you will follow and what we’ll expect from you during your apprenticeship. Following your induction, you’ll be supported through your apprenticeship journey focusing on personal development. This covers a range of skills from time management to team working. We’ll learn about you together.

We even have a dedicated apprentice advisor who is there to ensure that you are settling into your apprenticeship at NNL, both in the workplace and at college.

As part of the selection process for the apprenticeship programme you should expect to complete online ability assessments. Successful candidates will be invited to attend an assessment centre which will assess technical and behavioural competencies. The assessment centre for this role will be held in March 2024. 

If successful you will receive a conditional offer of employment, you will also be required to achieve the appropriate security and medical clearances. 

You will start your apprenticeship scheme in September 2024. 

About The Company

NNL is an incredible place to work A place where people do things that have never been done before A place where people push boundaries to further themselves, the business, and society as a whole.

This is a place where personal and professional opportunities are limitless. If you want to change the world, if you want to tackle climate change, if you want to help advance medical science, if you want to help put things in space, if you want to answer the big questions, if you want to work with extraordinary materials, if you want to meet great people, learn new skills, challenge yourself, work flexibly, and build a long successful career with the power to make a real impact… you can do it all here.

NNL has a vision for Equality, Diversity, and Inclusivity (ED&I) where NNL aims to be an inclusive workplace that attracts diverse talent through transparent and equal policies and procedures. We want you and the diverse mix of people that we employ, customers that we service, and stakeholders that we influence to feel valued. We encourage a workplace culture where everyone can thrive with a sense of belonging.

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