Warrington Apprenticeships

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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 based at our Risley offices in Warrington. More information on the apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships we have available in Warrington can be found below.

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 & 1 ICT subject (Business Studies, ICT Level 2, BTEC Level 3, Higher ECDL or similar)

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Engineering Design – Degree Apprenticeship

What is an Engineering Design Degree Apprenticeship?

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?

Warrington based apprentices:

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.

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?

  • Minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grades A* to C (Step 9-4) including a Science subject (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Science or similar) and Mathematics at Grade B (Step 6) or above and English Language at Grade C (Step 4).
  • Minimum of 96 UCAS points at A-Level, STEM subjects preferred (e.g. Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Science) but not mandatory. Other Level 3 STEM qualifications may be considered.

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Operational Research & Analytics – Degree Apprenticeship

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?

  • Minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grades A* to C (Step 9-4) including a Science subject (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Science or similar) and Mathematics at Grade B (Step 6) or above and English Language at Grade C (Step 4).
  • Minimum of 96 UCAS points at A-Level, STEM subjects preferred (e.g. Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Science) but not mandatory. Other Level 3 STEM qualifications may be considered.