Safety Case Advisor Apprenticeship (Level 5)

Job Reference: NNL/TP/18608/973
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: 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 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

Discover our Safety Case Advisor (Level 5) Apprenticeship

The role of the Apprentice Safety Case Advisor is to support, and deputise for the Safety Case Manager to manage the live safety case in line with our customers site procedures. This will include, preparation, delivery, implementation of safety case-related documents and provision of advice to support existing and future work requirements.

NNL is looking for a candidate to undertake an apprenticeship safety case position to support operations within the site facilities. . 

The duties of the Safety Case Advisor Apprenticeship will involve and prepare you to:

  • Support, and deputise for, the Safety Case Manager in managing the safety case in line with site licence requirements.
  • Supporting the Safety Case Manager in implementing enhancements to the safety case, e.g. improving the visibility and accessibility of the Safety Case and enhancing the operational flexibility.
  • Preparation of documentation in support of safety case implementation activities; Clearance Certificates (CC), Safety Case Implementation Plans (SCIP), compliance documentation, etc.
  • Update of the live safety case & index of change documents.
  • Liaison with external stakeholders, e.g. Operations Control Management team, ONR.
  • Liaison with internal stakeholders, e.g. design and plant engineering, operations, safety assessment and other specialists to ensure the safety case remains fit for purpose and meets the facility’s needs
  • Preparation and management of Plant Modification Proposals (PMP).
  • Presentation of safety assessments at PMP and Management Safety Committees as required.
  • Provision of advice to NNL personnel on scope of/compliance with the live safety case.

The Ideal Candidate

Discover what we want from you:

  • Communicate effectively and appropriately at all levels within the organisation, using a broad range of communication skills (including written, oral, presentation and active listening).
  • Demonstrate reliability, integrity and respect for confidentiality on work related and personal matters.
  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively within a wide, multi-disciplinary team.
  • Understand the impact of work on others, especially where related to diversity and equality.
  • Demonstrate ability to work to a plan and deliver quality work to meet an agreed schedule.
  • Demonstrate a supportive attitude to change and respond positively to change management processes.
  • Take responsibility for personal development, demonstrating commitment to learning and self-improvement and be open to feedback.
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to personal safety behaviours and understanding of the consequences as set out in the nuclear industry requirements.
  • Take responsibility to actively challenge unsafe behaviours and conditions in the workplace to help reinforce nuclear, radiological and conventional safety over competing goals to ensure the protection of people and the environment.
  • Demonstrate compliance by following rules, procedures and principles to ensure work completed is fit for purpose and pay attention to detail and carry out error checks throughout work activities..

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.  


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.