Project Controls Technician Apprenticeship (Level 3)

Job Reference: NNL/TP/18608/951
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Permanent
Salary: £16,767
Working Hours: 39 per week
Closing Date: 19/03/2021
Job Category: Project Management Authority
Business Unit: Project Management Authority
Location: Warrington

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

As a Project Controls Technician, you will be controlling, monitoring and systematically analysing progress and performance data on engineering and infrastructure projects. You will require strong analytical skills and a practical approach to interpret technical information. You will developing your experience of using specific, complex software tools to undertake a wide range of project controls tasks, including: identifying the right data for scrutinising progress; setting baseline targets; tracking progress and performance; forecasting trends; identifying, modelling and anticipating deviations from baseline; assessing the impact of design/construction changes; and using insight to recommend early preventative and remedial actions.

The successful candidate will develop skills in the technical disciplines of estimating, planning, scheduling and cost engineering for which this apprenticeship gives a comprehensive grounding. Working as part of a project team on complex projects in the Nuclear sector where detailed progress /performance tracking, and an understanding of on-site hazards, health and safety requirements and compliance is critical. This is a hands-on role that is crucial to ensuring the successful delivery of complex projects.

During the Apprenticeship you will develop experience in :

  • Project controls
  • Technical information
  • Estimating practice
  • Planning and scheduling practice
  • Cost engineering practice
  • Work breakdown and coding structures
  • Tracking data and progress reporting
  • Analysis techniques
  • Technical, engineering and mathematical principles
  • Importance of safety
  • Employer organisation, management systems, and procedures
  • Commercial matters
  • Project controls related software and IT system


The Ideal Candidate

  • An outstanding communicator, you should be able to work as part of a diverse team and be able to build strong relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders
  • A creative problem solver, you will be able to think out-side the box to find solutions to those hard-to-solve problems
  • You should be methodical in your approach and be able to break larger problems into smaller ones
  • A self-starter, you will have the enthusiasm to have ago at new challenges, but you will also know when to ask for help.
  • Have enthusiasm for or have prior work-experience for planning and controlling both large and small innovative projects
  • You'll already have a good academic background when you apply for an apprenticeship with us. You should have attained 5 GCSE's A-C (New Grading 9-4) including Maths & English.


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.