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.

Craft Fabricator Apprenticeship

What is a Fabricator Apprenticeship?

A Fabricator Apprentice trains to become a highly skilled craftsperson in the nuclear industry.

What will I be doing?

You will be trained to:

  • Fabricate items to specification from stainless steel, carbon steel and aluminium.
  • Cut metals using oxy-propane and plasma.
  • Form metals using machines.
  • Develop and manufacture pattern.

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.

This is a four-year scheme where the first year will be spent learning a range of hands-on engineering skills.

Additionally, you will undertake a Level 3 Technical Certificate that will be delivered on a one day per week basis.

Years 2 to 4 of your training will be spent at in the central workshops at Sellafield where you will work with skilled Fabricators.

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 the Apprenticeship requirements. You will compile an evidence folder, demonstrating your areas of learning with accredited certificates of completion for elements of your training. You will undertake knowledge and skills assessments where you will be expected to clearly demonstrate your capability to perform as a Fabricator Apprentice.

Where will my training be delivered?

1st Year – training is delivered at the local training provider.

2nd, 3rd & 4th Years – Site placement in central workshops at Sellafield.

What qualifications will I obtain?

  • Level 3 Apprenticeship
  • Level 3 Technical Certificate
  • Level 3 NVQ

(Please note that this may be subject to change with the introduction of National Apprenticeship Standards)

What are the entry requirements?

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

What are the requirements to do the role?

  • You may at times need to wear personal protective equipment, necessary for work in active areas (such as full PVC suiting, gloves and respirators)
  • Work in confined spaces or at heights.

Craft Machinist Apprenticeship

48 month programme

What is a Machinist Apprenticeship?

A Machinist Apprentice trains to become a highly skilled craftsperson in the nuclear industry.

What will I be doing?

You will be trained to:

  • Operate lathes and milling machines to produce items to specification.
  • Manufacture items with threads, chamfers, radii, grooves and slots.

What do I need to consider?

This is a four-year scheme where the first year will be spent learning a range of hands-on engineering skills.

Additionally, you will undertake Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications that will be delivered on a one day per week basis.

Years 2 – 4 of your training will be spent at in the central workshops at Sellafield where you will work with skilled machinists.

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 the National Apprenticeship 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 a knowledge and skills assessment by an independently appointed organisation, where you will be expected to clearly demonstrate your ability to meet the Apprenticeship.

Where will my training be delivered?

1st Year – training is delivered at the local training provider.

2nd, 3rd & 4th Years – Site placement in central workshops at Sellafield.

What qualifications will I obtain?

After a period of foundation skills and technical knowledge development you will be required to achieve the following qualifications:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
  • Level 2 Diploma in Machining (Foundation Knowledge)

After a further period of skills and technical knowledge development you will be required to achieve the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) – Machining
  • Level 3 Diploma in Machining (Development Knowledge)

What are the entry requirements?

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

What are the requirements to do the role?

  • You may at times need to wear personal protective equipment, necessary for work in active areas (such as full PVC suiting, gloves and respirators)

Craft Maintenance Apprenticeship

48 month programme

What is a Craft Maintenance Apprenticeship?

A Maintenance Apprentice trains to become a highly skilled craftsperson within the nuclear industry. You will be trained as a Mechanical or an 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.

What do I need to consider?

This is a four-year scheme where the first two years will be spent with our local training provider learning a range of hands-on engineering skills. Additionally, you will undertake a Level 3 Technical Certificate that will be delivered on a one day per week basis.

Your third and fourth years of training will be spent at Sellafield. You will work on plant within the Maintenance Teams where you will work days and may have the opportunity to work shifts.

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.

As an integral part of your apprenticeship your progress will be monitored and assessed against the National Apprenticeship 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 a knowledge and skills assessment by an independently appointed organisation, where you will be expected to clearly demonstrate your ability to meet the Apprenticeship.

Where will my training be delivered?

1st & 2nd Years – training is delivered at the local training provider.

3rd & 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.
  • Level 3 Technical Certificate

What are the entry requirements?

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

What are the requirements to do the role?

  • You may at times need to wear personal protective equipment, necessary for work in active areas (such as full PVC suiting, gloves and respirators)
  • 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.

Craft Pipefitter Apprenticeship

48 month programme

What is a Craft Pipefitter Apprenticeship?

A Pipefitter Apprentice trains to become a highly skilled craftsperson in the nuclear industry.

What will I be doing?

You will be trained to:

  • Develop and manufacture patterns.
  • Fabricate pipework.
  • Assemble and install pipework.

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.

What do I need to consider?

This is a four-year scheme where the first year will be spent learning a range of hands-on engineering skills.

Additionally, you will undertake a Level 3 Technical Certificate that will be delivered on a one day per week basis.

Years 2 to 4 of your training will be spent in the central workshops at Sellafield where you will work with skilled Pipefitters.

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 the Apprenticeship requirements. You will compile an evidence folder, demonstrating your areas of learning with accredited certificates of completion for elements of your training. You will undertake knowledge and skills assessments where you will be expected to clearly demonstrate your capability to perform as a Pipefitter Apprentice.

Where will my training be delivered?

1st Year – training is delivered at the local training provider.

2nd, 3rd & 4th Years – Site placement in central workshops at Sellafield.

What qualifications will I obtain?

  • Level 3 Apprenticeship
  • Level 3 Technical Certificate
  • Level 3 NVQ

(Please note that this may be subject to change with the introduction of National Apprenticeship Standards)

What are the entry requirements?

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

What are the requirements to do the role?

  • You may at times need to wear personal protective equipment, necessary for work in active areas (such as full PVC suiting, gloves and respirators).
  • Work in confined spaces or at heights.

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 equipment to carry out radiological protection monitoring; taking measurements of radiation dose rates and contamination levels. You will interpret these measurements in order to provide protection advice to facility operators. 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 is critical to ensuring safe operations in nuclear facilities and requires a high level of attention to detail, quality and accuracy in recording and interpreting measurements. 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.

What do I need to consider?

This is a two year scheme. You will work general office hours between 07:30-15:40, however at times may be required to work different shift patterns including 12 hour working (day and night shifts) as well as weekend working. You will need to wear personal protective equipment, necessary for work in radiologically controlled areas, for a significant proportion of the working day. Frequent wearing of respiratory protective equipment will also be required. In this role you will be required to work outside in all weather conditions, at heights, in small 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 Health Physics Monitor.

Where will my training be delivered?

1st and 2nd Year – Training will be delivered between our local training provider, 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 of 18 by September 2020.
  • Minimum of 3 GCSEs Grade 4 (Grade C) to include Mathematics, English Language & one Science subject or engineering subject (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Science or similar).

What are the requirements to do the role?

  • You may be required to work different shift patterns including 12 hour working (day and night shifts) as well as weekend working.
  • You will need to wear personal protective equipment, necessary for work in radiologically controlled areas, for a significant proportion of the working day.
  • Frequent wearing of respiratory protective equipment will also be required.
  • In this role you will be required to work outside in all weather conditions.
  • You will need to be comfortable with working at heights, in small spaces and in nuclear facilities with alpha, beta, gamma and neutron radiation.

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 and 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.

What do I need to consider?

This is a two year scheme, which will include some full time training with an external provider during the first year. Further on the job training will be provided along with mentoring and coaching.

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?

Your training will involve a mixture of full time training with the local provider and placements on the Sellafield Site.

You will be continually monitored and assessed during your training.

What qualifications will I obtain?

  • Level 2 Nuclear Operator Standard.

What are the entry requirements?

  • Minimum age of 18 by 1st February 2021
  • Minimum of 3 GCSEs Grade 4 (Grade C) in Mathematics, English Language & one Science or engineering subject. (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Science or similar).

What are the requirements to do the role?

  • Some of the roles can be physically demanding.
  • You will be required to wear personal protective equipment and respiratory equipment (such as full PVC suit, gloves and respirators).
  • The work will involve working in a range of conditions i.e. hot, cold, working at heights and confined spaces in a nuclear facility.

Nuclear Welding Inspection Apprenticeship

48 month programme

What is a Nuclear Welding Inspection Technician?

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 inspections, making detailed records and giving technical feedback, as well as, developing the confidence to challenge/question specifications throughout the manufacturing process. You will become trained in other techniques such as liquid penetrant and magnetic particle testing to detect surface breaking defects or you may also get the chance to do volumetric testing such as; Radiography and Ultra Sonic testing, which allows you to detect defects inside the 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

What do I need to consider?

To pursue this apprenticeship scheme you will need a Grade 5 (Grade B) in Mathematics 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 at college learning basic hand skills and three in depth modules covering the most commonly used welding techniques within the nuclear industry. You will have the opportunity to work towards a Level 4 Apprenticeship certificate, during this 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.

It is a requirement for the role that you are able to pass an NDT eye test in accordance with BS EN ISO 9712, this is required to be maintained at 12 monthly intervals

More information can by click here.

Where will my training be delivered?

1st Year – Training will be delivered at a local training provider. You will learn basic hand, trade skills, welding techniques, reading engineering/fabrication drawings and a basic introduction into welding inspection.

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.
  • Level 4 BTEC Higher National Certificate.
  • Level 2 Welding Inspection Qualification, which allows the NWIT to deploy and supervise welding inspection.

What are the entry requirements?

  • Minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 (Grades A to C) including 1 Science. Mathematics and English Language at Grade 5 (Grade B) or above.

What are the requirements to do the role?

  • During the placements on site you may be involved in work that requires you to wear Radiological Protection Equipment such as; Enclosed Suites and Respirators.
  • Some of the work both, on and off site may require you to work at heights on scaffold erections or moving platforms wearing safety harness equipment and working in designated confined spaces.
  • All training will be given to allow you to carry out all of these activities, which includes dress/undress training of enclosed suits, how to correctly wear a respirator.
  • A requirement for the role is for you pass an industry specific eye test, which needs to be reviewed every 12 months.

Shared Services Apprenticeship

24 month programme

What is a Shared Services Apprenticeship?

Shared Services Apprentices provide quality support for management teams within the different departments at Sellafield Ltd, for example, Value Streams, Business Services, Site Management and Functional Areas.

Throughout your Shared Services 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, event organising and travel arrangements. You may also work as a secretary to one of the senior managers of the company. Your role will be desk based and you will have the opportunity to complete a Business Administration Level 3 whilst on the scheme, by attending college one day a month.

What do I need to consider?

Shared Services is available at both locations (Sellafield, Cumbria & Risley, Warrington).

The role is suitable for individuals with a strong interest in secretarial and 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 our offices in Whitehaven or Workington. Your college studies will be carried out by our training provider.

Risley Shared Services apprentices will be based at Hinton House, a local training provider will carry out the Qualification via a college enrolment.

What qualifications will I obtain?

  • Level 3 in Business Administration.

What are the entry requirements?

  • Minimum of 3 GCSEs Grade 4 (Grade C) in Mathematics, English Language & 1 ICT subject (Business Studies, ICT Level 2, BTEC Level 3, Higher ECDL or similar).