Apprenticeship Schemes

Whether you’re at school, have just left school or aren’t sure about your next steps, we have an apprenticeship scheme that could be suited to you.

A range of Apprenticeships to choose from

Choose a Sellafield Ltd apprenticeship and you’ll earn while you learn. More importantly, you’ll be working for an organisation with a proven track record in this field; what you experience here will help define your future.

We have apprenticeships available for both GCSE and A-Level students. More information on the apprenticeships we have available can be found below. For details on our degree level apprenticeships please click here.

Note: Due to the requirements of our apprenticeship schemes we cannot accept Functional Skills in Maths and English.

Business & Administration Apprenticeship

24 month programme

What is Business and Administration?

Business and Administration Apprentices provide quality support for management teams within the different departments at Sellafield Ltd, for example, human resources; training; commercial and infrastructure.

Throughout your Business and Administration apprenticeship you will complete three placements across various departments; this will consist of two 6 month placements and one 12 month placement.

What will I be doing?

Your role will include activities such as diary management, arranging meetings, taking minutes and event organising. You may also work as a personal assistant to one of the directors or senior managers of the company. Your role will be desk based and you will have the opportunity to complete an NVQ whilst on the scheme, by attending college one day a month.

Things I should consider?

Business Administration is available at both locations (Sellafield, Cumbria & Risley, Warrington). This is a two year scheme. The role is suitable for individuals with a strong interest in administrative work and will require you to have strong organisational skills. You will be liaising with different colleagues from across the organisation and therefore, will require you to have good communication skills. This is a great opportunity for you to learn about the different departments within Sellafield Ltd in a supportive environment. However, you need to be open to receive feedback and quickly learn new things as change can happen quite frequently at Sellafield Ltd.

Where will my training be delivered?

When your training commences you will be based either on the Sellafield site or in one of its offices in Whitehaven or Workington. Your NVQ and college studies will be carried out by our training provider.

Risley administration apprentices will be based at Hinton House, Warrington College will carry out the NVQ and academic assessments.

What qualifications will I obtain?

You will complete an NVQ level 2 in Business Administration.

What are the entry requirements?

Minimum of 3 GCSEs Grade C (Step 4) in Mathematics, English Language & one ICT subject (Business Studies, ICT Level 2, BTEC Level 3, Higher ECDL or similar)

Click here to watch our Business & Administration Apprenticeship video

Craft Apprenticeship

48 month programme

What is a Craft Apprenticeship?

A Craft Apprentice trains to become a highly skilled craftsperson in the nuclear industry. You will be trained as a Mechanical Maintenance Fitter or a combined Electrical/Instrumentation Craftsperson.

What will I be doing?

You will be training to undertake routine maintenance and fault finding on plant and equipment where you will use hand tools, test equipment and documentation to undertake these maintenance tasks.

You may at times need to wear personal protective equipment, necessary for work in active areas (such as full PVC suiting, gloves and respirators) and work in confined spaces or at heights. Unfortunately we are unable to take individuals on to the electrical/instrumentation apprenticeship who are colour blind due to the electrical safety implications.

Things I should consider?

This is a four year scheme and for the first year you will learn the basics of hands-on engineering at our off-site training centre. The second year will be spent in the Site Skills Centre on our site ready programme, where you will further enhance the skills learned in the first year and learn additional technical skills. In your first two years you will also undertake a Level 3 Technical Certificate that will be delivered on a one day per week basis at our off-site training centre.

You will work days for the first two years, and may have the opportunity to work shifts when you move into your on-plant placement in your third and fourth year. It is important that you are a self-starter who is able to manage your own time and work independently, as well as in a team; you will also have a keen interest in learning an engineering trade within the nuclear industry.

As an integral part of your apprenticeship your progress will be monitored and assessed, against government standard requirements. You will compile an evidence folder, demonstrating your areas of learning with accredited certificates of completion for elements of your training.  Within the last six months of your apprenticeship you will undertake an assessment by an independently appointed organisation, where you will be expected to clearly demonstrate your capability to perform as a Craft apprentice.

Where will my training be delivered?

1st Year – training is delivered at the Energus facility, Lillyhall, Workington.

2nd year – Sellafield Skills Centre at Sellafield and 1 day theory training at Energus facility.

3rd and 4th Years – Site placements at Sellafield, in different operating units throughout the business.

What qualifications will I obtain?

Level 3 Apprenticeship aligned to the Maintenance & Operations Engineering Technician Standard.

What are the entry requirements?

Minimum of 3 GCSEs Grade C (Step 4) in Mathematics, English Language & one Science subject (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Science or similar)

Click here to watch our E&I Craftsperson Apprenticeship video

Firefighter Apprenticeship

48 month programme

What will my role involve?

Firefighters tackle a wide range of emergency situations where problem solving and initiative is vital to resolve incidents quickly and calmly. These situations vary from tackling fires, searching, rescuing and protecting people and animals, by sustaining/preserving their life to protecting life and the environment from the effects of fire, natural and human disasters and hazardous materials. (Chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives). They also respond to incidents involving planes, trains, road traffic collisions and marine emergencies.

Firefighters engage with the community to provide information, advice and guidance to individuals and groups around health, safety and well-being. They may also conduct fire risk assessments and audits in businesses and/or homes, fitting detection and suppression equipment if necessary and actively contribute to reducing the risk of fire or injury. Firefighters work as part of a close-knit team of professionals that provides 24-hour response cover to resolve fire and rescue operational incidents. They use multi agency working principles with partners and other services to achieve a swift and successful conclusion.

At Sellafield the Firefighters role also provides the site with ambulance and emergency medical response and various resilience and flood mitigation equipment.

What do I need to consider?

As the role of Firefighter requires a high level of fitness there is a fitness assessment as part of the selection test. The selection test will assess if you can work in confined, possibly dark spaces while wearing a mask. Other parts of the selection tests will test aptitude to practical problem solving

This is a two year scheme. You will work normal office hours between 07:30-15:40, however at times may be required to work 12 hour shift pattern of 2 day shifts followed by 2 night shifts and 6 rest days. You will need to maintain a smart appearance, wear uniform, fire kit and other personal protective equipment, as well as, respiratory protective equipment such as self-contained breathing apparatus, necessary for work in hazardous areas and requiring the operators to be clean shaven. In this role you will be quite often working outside in all weather conditions, at heights, in confined spaces and in nuclear facilities with alpha, beta, gamma and neutron radiation. This role provides an exciting opportunity to explore and experience various aspects of the sites and provides great plant based experience.

As an integral part of your apprenticeship your progress will be monitored and assessed against government standard requirements. You will compile an evidence folder, demonstrating your areas of learning with accredited certificates of completion for elements of your training. Within the last six months of your apprenticeship you will undertake an assessment by an independently appointed organisation, where you will be expected to clearly demonstrate your capability to perform as a Firefighter.

Where will my training be delivered?

Site placement: Sellafield Skills Centre.

Specialist skills training may be away from work and possibly during rest days.

What qualifications will I obtain?

Your initial training (acquisition of skills) will provide you with a range of practical basic firefighting and theoretical skills; these will be rigorously tested over an extended period of time to elevate you to a competent level (demonstration of skills).

Once competent in role you will move into maintenance of skills training to ensure that your acquired skills are maintained to the highest of operationally effective standards at all times.

  • Level 3 Apprentice Certificate ‘Operational Firefighter’ Trailblazer Scheme
  • First Aid at Work Certificate
  • Immediate Emergency Care Level 3 Certificate

Qualification Requirements

  • Minimum age 18 by September 2018
  • Level 3 qualification / GCSE A* – C (Step 4) in English language and Mathematics
  • Full clean driving licence

Click here to view our Firefighter Apprenticeship video

Health Physics Monitor Apprenticeship

24 month programme

What is a Health Physics Monitor?

A Health Physics Monitor provides radiological monitoring services at the workface within the nuclear industry to protect people, plant and the environment from the adverse effects of ionising radiation and contamination.

What will I be doing?

You will use specialist instruments to carry out radiological protection monitoring by taking readings of surface and airborne contamination levels and radiation dose rates, recording the readings detected on hand held devises. You will need to be comfortable working with numbers and completing mental calculations as you will not always have access to a calculator. This role requires a high level of attention to detail, quality and accuracy in recording readings. You will need to have the right attitude to health and safety, quality and following instructions.

The first 5 weeks of your training programme will be delivered off site. After this initial period you will move to our on-site training facility for a further 5 weeks theoretical training, in preparation for moving to site based locations where you will be very much in a hands on role.

Things I should consider?

This is a two year scheme. You will work normal office hours between 07.30-15.30 or 08.10 – 16-20, however at times may be required to do a double day shift. You will need to wear safety gear and other personal protective equipment, as well as, respiratory protective equipment the majority of the time (such as full PVC suiting, gloves and respirators), necessary for work in controlled areas. In this role you will be quite often working outside in all weather conditions, at heights, in small spaces and in nuclear facilities i.e. radiation alpha, beta, gamma, neutron. This role provides an exciting opportunity to explore and experience various aspects of the sites and provides great plant based experience.

As an integral part of your apprenticeship your progress will be monitored and assessed, against government standard requirements. You will compile an evidence folder, demonstrating your areas of learning with accredited certificates of completion for elements of your training.  Within the last six months of your apprenticeship you will undertake an assessment by an independently appointed organisation, where you will be expected to clearly demonstrate your capability to perform as a Health Physics Monitor.

Where will my training be delivered?

1st and 2nd Year – Training will be delivered between Energus, Sellafield Skills Centre and the Sellafield site.

What qualifications will I obtain?

  • Level 2 Certificate in Health Physics Monitoring in the Nuclear Industry (Theory)
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Radiological Protection
  • Award in Nuclear Industry Awareness
  • ISOH Working Safely

What are the entry requirements?

Minimum age 18 by September 2018

Minimum of 3 GCSEs Grade C (Step 4) to include Mathematics, English Language & one Science subject (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Science or similar)

Click here to watch our Health Physics Monitor Apprenticeship video

Nuclear Facility Operator Apprenticeship

24 month programme

What is a Nuclear Facility Operator?

A nuclear facility operator is responsible for the hands on operation of plant systems and equipment on a nuclear facility. The operator will be trained in procedures for dealing with the handling and disposal of radiological and hazardous waste, plant control and monitoring, sampling operations, environmental controls, radioactive discharges, emergencies and other plant systems such as ventilation, steam and cooling water.

What will I be doing?

This role is quite diverse as it can be control room based which involves monitoring plant conditions, following procedures and responding to alarms via systems and computers, to more hands on work, such as sampling activities, decommissioning redundant equipment with tools. You will be following documented instructions for nearly all aspects of work. You will typically be working in teams of ten to twelve colleagues from diverse backgrounds. Some of the roles can be physically demanding and do require you to wear personal protective equipment and respiratory equipment (such as full PVC suit, gloves and respirators) whilst working in a range of conditions i.e. hot, cold and or in confined spaces.

Things I should consider?

This is a two year scheme whereby for the first year you will receive training and in the second you will be working at the Sellafield Ltd site and attending college one day per week to obtain a Level 2 Apprentice accreditation.

As an integral part of your apprenticeship your progress will be monitored and assessed, against government standard requirements. You will compile an evidence folder, demonstrating your areas of learning with accredited certificates of completion for elements of your training.  Within the last six months of your apprenticeship you will undertake an assessment by an independently appointed organisation, where you will be expected to clearly demonstrate your capability to perform as a Nuclear Operator.

You will be working shift patterns which can involve working weekends and at times unsociable hours.

Where will my training be delivered?

1st Year – Sellafield based apprentices: Training is delivered at the Energus facility.

2nd Year – Start Sellafield Skills Centre on a pre-site ready programme then placed in operating units throughout the business to continue your training and apprenticeship. You will be continually monitored and assessed during your training.

What qualifications will I obtain?

Level 2 Apprentice Certificate

What are the entry requirements?

Minimum age of 17 by September 2018.

Minimum of 3 GCSEs Grade C (Step 4) in Mathematics, English Language & one Science subject (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Science or similar)

Click here to watch our Nuclear Facility Operator Apprenticeship video / Video 2

Nuclear Welding Inspection Apprenticeship

The role of a nuclear welding inspection technician will be to provide quality control and welding inspection services for the nuclear industry.

What will I be doing?

You will be carrying out detailed visual observations, making detailed records and giving technical feedback, as well as, develop the confidence to challenge/question specifications throughout the manufacturing process. You will become trained in other techniques such as liquid particle testing to detect fine cracks or using X-ray and ultrasound to see inside a weld. You will need to have the right attitude to health and safety, quality and following instructions.

The scheme will cover:

  • Material science
  • Welding technology/welding inspection
  • Non destructive testing (NDT) techniques

Things I should consider?

To pursue this apprenticeship scheme you will need a Grade B in Maths and English.

This is an exciting and brand new four year apprenticeship scheme, in fact, there is nothing like it in the UK. For the first twelve months you will be based at an off-site training Facility, learning basic hand skills and three in depth modules on the three different welding techniques. You will have the opportunity to work towards a Level 4 Apprenticeship certificate and then for the remaining time, you will work alongside existing welding inspectors at Sellafield Ltd and attend college one day per week.

Having high levels of attention to detail is vital in this role and in the written write up on records.

Where will my training be delivered?

1st Year – Training will be delivered at the Energus facility. You will learn basic hand, trade skills, welding techniques and reading engineering/fabrication drawings.

2nd, 3rd and 4th Year – You will be placed in the welding inspection team on site learning about welding, material defects, ultrasound, radiography, dye penetrant and magnetic particle techniques. We also have to carry out inspections off site as well which means we have to inspect manufactured items / equipment that our suppliers have made in their workshops to check it meets the required standard.

As an integral part of your apprenticeship your progress will be monitored and assessed, against government standard requirements. You will compile an evidence folder, demonstrating your areas of learning with accredited certificates of completion for elements of your training.  Within the last six months of your apprenticeship you will undertake an assessment by an independently appointed organisation, where you will be expected to clearly demonstrate your capability to perform as a Nuclear Welding Inspection Technician.

What qualifications will I obtain?

Level 4 Apprentice Certificate

What are the entry requirements?

Minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grades A to C (Step 4) including Mathematics and English Language at Grade B (Step 6) or above

Project Management – Higher Apprenticeship

What is Project Management?

Project Management involves initiating, planning, executing and controlling the work of a team to achieve the project objectives.

What will I be doing?

This is a four year scheme which offers on the job learning across a broad range of project delivery areas. Aligned to the new Associate Project Manager Trailblazer scheme, you will gain Project Management experience whilst also gaining a professional Project Management academic qualification. Your placements will span across a range of project delivery roles within Sellafield Ltd, which include Project Management, Project Controls, Risk Management, Construction, Commissioning and Pre-Operations.

What do I need to consider?

This is a four year scheme and you will work toward the Association for Project Management PMQ certification and a Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Project Management. If you like to own a piece of work from start to finish, this is a role you will get a lot of satisfaction from. You will be working alongside world class experts in the industry and involved on projects that are brand new and at the forefront of innovation and problem solving. You will be tested and challenged as you work under demanding timelines. You will need to be an effective communicator to influence the project team and help to ensure the team maintains its momentum to deliver the cost, time, quality and safety requirements.

Where will my training be delivered?

Based on the Sellafield site you will start a rotation programme of a number of placements covering project delivery roles. This will include two 6 month placements per year and one 12 month placement in your final year.

Your Foundation Degree in Project Management will be delivered by University of Cumbria through the Project Academy for Sellafield.

What qualifications will I obtain?

  • Association for Project Management PMQ
  • Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Project Management

Qualification Requirements

  • Minimum of 3 GCSE grade C (step 4) in Mathematics, English Language and one Science subject
  • Minimum of 96 UCAS points. All A-Level subjects considered. Other Level 3 qualifications may be considered.

Click here to watch our Project Management Higher Apprenticeship video