Degree Apprenticeships

Sellafield Ltd is home to one of the most highly respected apprentice programmes in the UK.

Years of non-stop experience – Applications open 3rd January 2018.

Our Degree Apprenticeships offer the perfect balance of on-the-job training and experience whilst enabling you to also study for a degree without having to cover the cost of tuition.

Through a degree apprenticeship you could gain;

  • Higher-level qualifications than a regular apprenticeship
  • Professional accreditation and memberships
  • On the job experience and skills recognised by employers
  • A degree qualification without the tuition fees
  • An excellent opportunity to develop your future career path

Entry Requirements

Our degree apprenticeships are aimed at those studying for A-Levels or equivalent. The entry requirements for our degree apprenticeship schemes are:

  • Grade C (Step 4) or above in at least 5 GCSEs including English Language, Maths and a Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology or similar)
  • A minimum of 96 UCAS points, including Maths and Science at A level grade C or above. Other level 3 STEM qualifications may be considered.

Degree Apprenticeship Pathways

What you will be doing day to day will depend on your chosen pathway; we offer a number of different degree apprenticeship pathways including:

Engineering Design

Location: Sellafield, Cumbria / Risley, Warrington.

As an Engineering Design Degree Apprentice you will be part of a training programme designed to develop the skills required to successfully deliver Sellafield Ltd’s current and future missions as an Engineer. You will learn common elements of engineering such as the application of Maths and Science to engineering design and fundamentals of computer aided engineering including 3D modelling. Engineering design apprentices will gain specialist technical knowledge in one of the following chosen pathways:

  • Civil & Structural Engineering Design
  • Control, Electrical and Instrumentation Engineering Design
  • Mechanical Design

Things I should consider?

To succeed on your chosen scheme you should have a passion for engineering or science and a desire to pursue a career within the field. You will have the opportunity to complete a level 6 Bachelors of Engineering degree or a level 6 Bachelors of Science degree, whilst learning the practical engineering skills required for the role and earning a salary.

Throughout your chosen scheme, you will get to work on exciting projects and deliver complex pieces of work whilst becoming an integral part of a community of enthusiastic, talented individuals, who will go on to shape the future of Sellafield Ltd.

Where will my training be delivered?

17 weeks Bridging course delivered at one of our local training providers.

  • Year 1 – Design Engineering and ICT schemes will be based full time at one of our local training providers, undertaking PEO.
  • On completion of PEO all apprentices will be based in the work place with day release at one of our local training providers.

Warrington based apprentices: (Design Engineering only)

  • Year 1 – All apprentices will commence full time academic and engineering studies at one of our local training providers.
  • Years 2, 3, 4 & 5 – All apprentices will be office based but will continue academic studies at one of our local training providers.

What qualifications will I obtain?

Phase 1: Level 5 Foundation Degree/HND in either Engineering or Applied Chemistry within the first 3 years.

For candidates with the potential to progress further:

Phase 2: Level 6 Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (BEng) or a Bachelor’s Degree in Science (BSc) a aligned to your chosen scheme over a further 2 year period.

Click here to watch our Engineering Design Degree Apprenticeship video

Civil Asset Management

Location: Sellafield, Cumbria

As an apprentice you will learn a broad range of civil asset management knowledge; this will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the full life cycle of civil assets. This includes design, construction, operations, inspection, specifications, maintenance, repair, replacement and asset management techniques associated with civil assets. You will gain the relevant experience necessary to understand the current condition of civil assets and determine how they will meet the future functional needs of the Sellafield site.

Things I should consider?

To succeed on your chosen scheme you should have a passion for engineering or science and a desire to pursue a career within the field. You will have the opportunity to complete a level 6 Bachelors of Engineering degree or a level 6 Bachelors of Science degree, whilst learning the practical engineering skills required for the role and earning a salary.

Throughout your chosen scheme, you will get to work on exciting projects and deliver complex pieces of work whilst becoming an integral part of a community of enthusiastic, talented individuals, who will go on to shape the future of Sellafield Ltd.

Where will my training be delivered?

17 weeks Bridging course delivered at one of our local training providers.

Apprentices will be based in the work place with day release at one of our local training providers.

What qualifications will I obtain?

Phase 1: Level 5 Foundation Degree/HND in either Engineering or Applied Chemistry within the first 3 years.

For candidates with the potential to progress further:

Phase 2: Level 6 Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (BEng) or a Bachelor’s Degree in Science (BSc) a aligned to your chosen scheme over a further 2 year period.

Information & Communications Technology (ICT)

Location: Sellafield, Cumbria

As an ICT apprentice you will follow a broad training programme designed to introduce you to the many elements of Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT), together referred to as ICT. Whilst focusing on the IT aspects, you may work in a team to change or develop systems ranging from small plant based self-managed IT applications through to outsourced enterprise-wide systems. Whilst focusing on the OT aspects, you will learn about powerful control systems and associated technology used to control, safeguard and monitor all aspects of plant operations. Over 5 years, in partnership with Gen2, you will be trained in the design, development, maintenance and servicing of plant control systems. You will gain experience in computer programming, fault finding, electrical principles, maintenance of plant automation systems, knowledge of process plant operations and control system technologies.

Things I should consider?

To succeed on your chosen scheme you should have a passion for engineering or science and a desire to pursue a career within the field. You will have the opportunity to complete a level 6 Bachelors of Engineering degree or a level 6 Bachelors of Science degree, whilst learning the practical engineering skills required for the role and earning a salary.

Throughout your chosen scheme, you will get to work on exciting projects and deliver complex pieces of work whilst becoming an integral part of a community of enthusiastic, talented individuals, who will go on to shape the future of Sellafield Ltd.

Where will my training be delivered?

17 weeks Bridging course delivered at one of our local training providers.

  • Year 1 – Design Engineering and ICT schemes will be based full time at one of our local training providers, undertaking PEO
  • On completion of PEO all apprentices will be based in the work place with day release at one of our local training providers.

What qualifications will I obtain?

Phase 1: Level 5 Foundation Degree/HND in either Engineering or Applied Chemistry within the first 3 years.

For candidates with the potential to progress further:

Phase 2: Level 6 Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (BEng) or a Bachelor’s Degree in Science (BSc) a aligned to your chosen scheme over a further 2 year period.

Operational Research & Analytics

Location: Risley, Warrington.

What is Operational Research & Analytics?

Operational research (O.R.) is the discipline of applying analytical methods to help make better decisions. Its methods can be used by almost all organisations, groups and individuals. It uses methods such as logic and mathematical modelling to analyse complex situations, giving decision makers of all types the power to make more effective decisions. This decision making covers most areas of Sellafield, and the interface with Design Engineering enables the best possible levels of plant availability and helps us to accelerate high hazard reduction in a safe, environmentally responsible, cost effective and pragmatic way.

What will I be doing?

As an Operational Research & Analytics Apprentice you will be part of a training programme designed to develop the skills required to successfully deliver Sellafield Ltd’s current and future missions. In the first 2 years you will learn common elements of engineering such as the application of Maths and Science to engineering design and fundamentals of computer aided engineering including 3D modelling.  Operational Research & Analytics apprentices will gain specialist technical knowledge in the following areas:

  • Mathematical Methods
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Discrete Event Simulation Modelling
  • Data Visualisation

What do I need to consider?

To succeed on this scheme you should have a passion for problem solving and mathematics and a desire to pursue a career within the field. You will have the opportunity to complete a level 6 Bachelors of Science degree, whilst learning the practical skills required for the role and earning a salary.

Throughout your chosen scheme, you will get to work on exciting projects and deliver complex pieces of work whilst becoming an integral part of a community of enthusiastic, talented individuals, who will go on to shape the future of Sellafield Ltd.

Where will my training be delivered?

Year 1 – All apprentices will commence full time academic and engineering studies at one of our local training providers.

Years 2, 3, 4 & 5 – All apprentices will be office based but will continue academic studies at one of our local training providers.

What qualifications will I obtain?

Phase 1: Level 5 Foundation Degree/HND in Engineering

For candidates with the potential to progress further:

Phase 2: Level 6 Bachelor’s Degree in Operational Research, Mathematics or a related analytical subject over a further 2 year period.

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 in the role you are aligned to.

What are the entry requirements?

  • Grade C (Step 4) or above in at least 5 GCSEs including English Language, Maths and a Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology or similar)
  • A minimum of 96 UCAS points, including Maths at A Level grade B or above and Science at A level grade C or above. Other level 3 STEM qualifications may be considered.

Operations

Location: Sellafield, Cumbria

Apprentices within the Operations profession have a fairly diverse role – it can be control room based (which is mainly monitoring plant conditions and responding to alarms via remote systems and computers) to more hands on work, such as sampling activities, decommissioning redundant equipment with tools and in some instances using robotics/automated technology to complete work packages will be required. There are documented instructions that must be followed for nearly all aspects of the work – the more complex the work the greater the supervision and control. Most of the roles are working in team sizes of around 10-12 people that are usually made up of a diverse group, with different backgrounds. Many areas operate a shift pattern which involves working weekends and unsociable hours.

Things I should consider?

To succeed on your chosen scheme you should have a passion for engineering or science and a desire to pursue a career within the field. You will have the opportunity to complete a level 6 Bachelors of Engineering degree or a level 6 Bachelors of Science degree, whilst learning the practical engineering skills required for the role and earning a salary.

Throughout your chosen scheme, you will get to work on exciting projects and deliver complex pieces of work whilst becoming an integral part of a community of enthusiastic, talented individuals, who will go on to shape the future of Sellafield Ltd.

Where will my training be delivered?

17 weeks Bridging course delivered at one of our local training providers.

Apprentices will be based in the work place with day release at one of our local training providers.

What qualifications will I obtain?

Phase 1: Level 5 Foundation Degree/HND in either Engineering or Applied Chemistry within the first 3 years.

For candidates with the potential to progress further:

Phase 2: Level 6 Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (BEng) or a Bachelor’s Degree in Science (BSc) a aligned to your chosen scheme over a further 2 year period.

Quality Engineer

Location: Sellafield, Cumbria

An apprentice Quality Engineer works alongside experienced engineers, you will learn how to problem solve using a variety of tools and techniques that will benefit projects, operational areas, and the supply chain to improve their processes and enable the successful completion of the company’s mission. You will learn governance, assurance, leadership and improvement skills to be able to implement change in a variety of organisations and scenarios.

Things I should consider?

To succeed on your chosen scheme you should have a passion for engineering or science and a desire to pursue a career within the field. You will have the opportunity to complete a level 6 Bachelors of Engineering degree or a level 6 Bachelors of Science degree, whilst learning the practical engineering skills required for the role and earning a salary.

Throughout your chosen scheme, you will get to work on exciting projects and deliver complex pieces of work whilst becoming an integral part of a community of enthusiastic, talented individuals, who will go on to shape the future of Sellafield Ltd.

Where will my training be delivered?

17 weeks Bridging course delivered at one of our local training providers.

Apprentices will be based in the work place with day release at one of our local training providers.

What qualifications will I obtain?

Phase 1: Level 5 Foundation Degree/HND in either Engineering or Applied Chemistry within the first 3 years.

For candidates with the potential to progress further:

Phase 2: Level 6 Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (BEng) or a Bachelor’s Degree in Science (BSc) a aligned to your chosen scheme over a further 2 year period.

Scientific

Location: Sellafield, Cumbria

Scientific Apprentices will learn how to work in nuclear facilities as part of a technical team, alongside experienced professionals. They will learn how to manage the processes of today and help solve the problems of the future.

Things I should consider?

To succeed on your chosen scheme you should have a passion for engineering or science and a desire to pursue a career within the field. You will have the opportunity to complete a level 6 Bachelors of Engineering degree or a level 6 Bachelors of Science degree, whilst learning the practical engineering skills required for the role and earning a salary.

Throughout your chosen scheme, you will get to work on exciting projects and deliver complex pieces of work whilst becoming an integral part of a community of enthusiastic, talented individuals, who will go on to shape the future of Sellafield Ltd.

Where will my training be delivered?

17 weeks Bridging course delivered at one of our local training providers.

Apprentices will be based in the work place with day release at one of our local training providers.

What qualifications will I obtain?

Phase 1: Level 5 Foundation Degree/HND in either Engineering or Applied Chemistry within the first 3 years.

For candidates with the potential to progress further:

Phase 2: Level 6 Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (BEng) or a Bachelor’s Degree in Science (BSc) a aligned to your chosen scheme over a further 2 year period.

the future.

Click here to watch our Scientific Degree Apprenticeship video

Technical

Location: Sellafield, Cumbria

Technical apprentices will follow a custom made training scheme, you will develop core skills in the areas of science and engineering whilst undertaking wider practical elements of training on our exciting new build, commissioning / decommissioning programmes.

Things I should consider?

To succeed on your chosen scheme you should have a passion for engineering or science and a desire to pursue a career within the field. You will have the opportunity to complete a level 6 Bachelors of Engineering degree or a level 6 Bachelors of Science degree, whilst learning the practical engineering skills required for the role and earning a salary.

Throughout your chosen scheme, you will get to work on exciting projects and deliver complex pieces of work whilst becoming an integral part of a community of enthusiastic, talented individuals, who will go on to shape the future of Sellafield Ltd.

Where will my training be delivered?

17 weeks Bridging course delivered at one of our local training providers.

Apprentices will be based in the work place with day release at one of our local training providers.

What qualifications will I obtain?

Phase 1: Level 5 Foundation Degree/HND in either Engineering or Applied Chemistry within the first 3 years.

For candidates with the potential to progress further:

Phase 2: Level 6 Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (BEng) or a Bachelor’s Degree in Science (BSc) a aligned to your chosen scheme over a further 2 year period.