Scientific Apprenticeship

Job Reference: NNL/TP/8010/669
Number of Positions: 8
Contract Type: Fixed Term - Full Time
Contract Details: 2 Years and 6 Months Programme
Salary: Competitive
Working Hours: 39
Closing Date: 15/03/2020
Job Category: Fuel, Reactor and Reprocessing
Business Unit: Fuel, Reactor and Reprocessing
Location: Sellafield, Cumbria

Job Introduction

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 apprentice programme – ‘Beginner to Winner’ – which supports our apprentices in their personal development whilst they are completing their apprenticeship.

To welcome you into the business, all our NNL apprentices join a 3 day induction programme. 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 attend training sessions focusing on personal development at three monthly intervals. These cover 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.

This apprenticeship will commence from the first week of September 2020.

Main Responsibilities

Main Responsibilities

As a laboratory technician scientific apprentice, you will be working at the forefront of the nuclear research and development programme that makes NNL one of the world leaders in nuclear energy. Our Scientific apprentices are needed to support our nuclear research and development by operating our process equipment,  testing and calibration of equipment as well as undertaking investigations and analysis of samples.

You will learn about:

  • Nuclear Operations and Processes
  • Calibrations
  • Measurement and analysis methods
  • Conduct investigations and tests
  • Assess technical data and contribute to technical reports
  • Develop presentation techniques

For this apprenticeship subject to pre-qualifications you will follow either the Nuclear Operative (Level 2) or the Laboratory Technician (Level 3) apprenticeship standard. Further details about the standards including the assessment plan can be found at:

As part of your apprenticeship, you will gain both on the job experience in the workplace, whilst earning a salary and undertaking the necessary training to complete a qualification at a local college provider on a day release basis.  

The Ideal Candidate

You'll already have a good academic background when you apply for an apprenticeship with us. You should have attained a minimum of 5 GCSE's A*-C (New Grading 9-4) including Maths & English.

For the Laboratory Technician level 3 apprenticeship standard you will be required to also be on track to achieve or have attained A-Levels (one of which must be chemistry) or a BTEC in Applied Science at a Pass grade (Minimum C or above). Applicants must be 18 or over. Due to the nature of our work we can only accept applications from those who have held UK residency for the last 10 years.



About The Company

Grounded in robust science and decades of experience, National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) is the authoritative voice in the UK and beyond for technological development within the nuclear power sector.

Our unparalleled understanding of the science, challenges and opportunities makes us an unrivalled authority and partner in the field, providing experts, technologies, and access to cutting-edge facilities to organisations around the world.

Harnessing potential technologies and translating them into to industry-ready solutions means our pioneering approach spearheads international improvement and technological progress.

We work on projects as small as drilling a hole to analyse underground wastes with our integrated micro drilling technology, or as large as developing state-of-the-art power systems for spacecraft, based on radioactive materials