Craft – Pipefitter

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.

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