Degree Apprenticeships

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

Years of non-stop experience

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.

 

Why choose a Degree Apprenticeship?

A degree apprenticeship offers an alternative to University, 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

Please see below more detail on the degree apprenticeship schemes we recruit for. Our degree apprenticeships are aimed at those studying for A-Levels or equivalent.

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

Nuclear Engineer Degree Apprenticeship

36-60 month phased programme

What will my role involve?

The nuclear science and engineering degree apprenticeship scheme offer a number of learning pathways into engineering scientific roles for a unique opportunity for aspiring individuals to join the Sellafield team:

  • Electrical Design
  • ICT (Information and Communications Technology)
  • Mechanical Design
  • Quality Engineer
  • Operations
  • Technical

You will follow a custom made training scheme, designed to enthuse and attract the brightest students. 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. These key skills are widely sought throughout the nuclear industry and international markets, acquiring them will ensure you have a long and successful career.

Where will my training be delivered?

17 weeks Bridging course delivered at Energus.

Year 1 – Design and Control will be based at Energus. All other apprentices will be based in the work place with day release at Energus.

Year 2,3,4 & 5 – All apprentices will be based in the work place with day release at Energus.

What qualifications will I obtain?

Phase 1: Level 5 foundation degree within the first 3 years

Phase 2: Level 6 apprenticeship in Nuclear Science & Engineering degree apprenticeship BEng (Hons) Plant Engineering

Qualification Requirements

Candidates will have achieved grade C or above in at least 5 GCSEs with typically a grade B or above GCSE in maths, and have a minimum of 96 UCAS points. Ideally A level grade C or above in at two STEM based subjects, or existing relevant level 3 qualification.

Current GCSE Grading Structure: A*, A, B, C

New GCSE Grading Structure: 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4.

Good Pass – 5 and above = top of C and above.

Awarding – 4 and above = bottom of C and above.

Nuclear Science Degree Apprenticeship

36-60 month phased programme

What will my role involve?

The scientific apprenticeship is based in a department that provides an analytical service to Sellafield site operations.

The department is one of the largest analytical laboratories in Europe and from day 1 apprentices will learn how to analyse samples using established procedures and a range of analytical equipment from simple titrators to complex mass spectrometers.

The apprentices will learn how to work in nuclear laboratories as part of a technical team alongside experienced analysts to control the processes of today and help solve the problems of the future.

Apprentices will be employed by Sellafield Ltd throughout the whole of the apprenticeship.

Where will my training be delivered?

17 weeks – September to December at Energus Bridging Course

Training will be based on the Sellafield site within analytical services laboratories.

What qualifications will I obtain?

Phase 1; level 5 foundation degree within the first 3 years.

Phase 2; for candidates with potential to progress. Level 6 degree B Eng in nuclear science and engineering over a further 2 year period.

Qualification Requirements

Candidates will have achieved grade C or above in at least 5 GCSEs including at least one science subject, and have a minimum of 96 UCAS points. Typically A level grade C or above in Chemistry and one other STEM subject, or existing relevant level 3 qualification.

Current GCSE Grading Structure: A*, A, B, C

New GCSE Grading Structure: 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4.

Good Pass – 5 and above = top of C and above.

Awarding – 4 and above = bottom of C and 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.