Nuclear Engineer Apprenticeship (Level 6)

Job Reference: NNL/TP/18608/950
Number of Positions: 2
Contract Type: Permanent
Salary: £16,767
Working Hours: 39 per week
Closing Date: 19/03/2021
Job Category: Nuclear Operations
Business Unit: Nuclear Operations
Location: Preston

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 apprenticeship programme 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 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.

Main Responsibilities

A Nuclear Engineer is responsible for the hands-on operation of plant systems and equipment on our nuclear facility. This involves working within a variety of environments within our facility, either operational work or decommissioning work (a process of removing all radioactive, non-radioactive and contaminated plant and equipment), necessitating the use of innovative methods and equipment, where required, and the practical skills associated with this. The working conditions are varied and will involve wearing specialist safety equipment. The selected candidate will be required to work individually and as part of a team, meeting required standards and adhering to strict controls and procedures. Nuclear sites are highly regulated, and a premium is placed on demonstrating an understanding of nuclear, radiological and conventional safety, together with the appropriate attitudes and behaviours to ensure apprentices comply with organisational safety and regulatory requirements at all times.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Always dedicated to demonstrating a strong commitment to personal safety behaviours as set out in nuclear industry requirements. Can actively challenge unsafe practices. Understand the relationship between nuclear and radiological safety and ensure this is reinforced in the workplace;
  • Ensure openness in relations with workers, customers and other stakeholders. promote and model the highest standards of professional conduct, ethics and integrity;
  • Ability to work well under pressure, continuously striving for excellence in all tasks and duties and have sufficient maturity to challenge poor performance or non-conformance in a tactful and diplomatic manner;
  • To provide an understanding of following all rules, procedures and principles to ensure work completed is fit for purpose and pay attention to detail and carry out appropriate risk assessment and error checks throughout work activities;
  • Always take responsibility for completing tasks and procedures, correctly and safely;
  • Contribute towards the improvement of collaborative working and coaching others where appropriate;
  • Ability to demonstrate effective and appropriate communication, using oral, written and electronic methods; working effectively with others, with regard for diversity and equality;
  • Establish a conservative approach to plant operations to maintain a safe operating environment;
  • Always work in a manner that ensures security is maintained in the nuclear

You’ll already have a good academic background when you apply for an apprenticeship with us. You should have attained a 5 GCSE's A-C (New Grading 9-4) including Maths & English. You should also have a level 3 qualification, such as A-levels, or completed an advanced apprenticeship.

For this apprenticeship subject to pre-qualifications you will follow the Nuclear Technician Level 5 Apprenticeship Standard and complete your HND for years 1 – 3.   Following completion of the Level 5 standard and review, in years 4 – 5 you will complete the Nuclear Engineer Level 6 Apprenticeship Standard which includes a BEng (Hons) degree in Plant Engineering.


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.

Applicants must be 18 or over (or by September 2021). Due to the nature of our work we can only accept applications from those who have held UK residency for the last 5 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

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.