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.

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:

  • Minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grades 9 to 4 (Grades A* to C) including Mathematics, English and an Engineering or Science subject.
  • 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.
  • HNC & HND qualifications in relevant disciplines will also be considered as equivalent to UCAS points.
  • If you do not have Mathematics at A Level then you must achieve a minimum of Grade 6 (Grade B) at GCSE.

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.

Engineering designers solve the complex nuclear challenges faced by our facilities, ensuring we can remediate the site for the benefit of the nation. 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 & Architectural Engineering Design (Warrington Only)
  • 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?

Cumbria based Apprentices:

All apprentices will complete a bridging course (currently 17 weeks) delivered at one of our local training providers. During this initial period you will be employed directly by the training provider and only upon successful completion of the course, will you transfer onto the Sellafield Ltd degree apprentice programme.

Year 1 – our Design Engineering and Control Systems apprentices will be based full time at one of our local training providers undertaking PEO (Performing Engineering Operations).

Years 2-5 – On completion of the PEO course, Design Engineering and Control System apprentices will be based full time in the workplace and continue academic studies on a day release basis at one of our local training providers.

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

Years 2-5 – All Apprentices will be based full time in the workplace and continue academic studies on a day release basis at one of our local training providers.

What qualifications will I obtain?

All Sellafield Ltd degree apprentices are recruited with the expectation that they will successfully complete the full 5-year programme. During this journey we will monitor individual performance and business requirements and under exceptional circumstances we may conclude that continuation onto the level 6 is not appropriate.

Phase 1 – initial 3 year period:
• Nuclear Technician Apprenticeship Standard (Level 5);
• Foundation Degree/HND (Level 5) in either a science or engineering based discipline

For candidates with the ability to progress further:
Phase 2 – further 2 year period:
• Nuclear Scientist and Engineer Integrated Degree Apprentice Standard (Level 6);
• Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (BEng – Level 6) or a Bachelor’s Degree in Science (BSc – Level 6) aligned to your career pathway

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?

All apprentices will complete a bridging course (currently 17 weeks) delivered at one of our local training providers. During this initial period you will be employed directly by the training provider and only upon successful completion of the course, will you transfer onto the Sellafield Ltd degree apprentice programme.

Apprentices will then be based full time in the workplace and continue academic studies on a day release basis at one of our local training providers.

What qualifications will I obtain?

All Sellafield Ltd degree apprentices are recruited with the expectation that they will successfully complete the full 5-year programme. During this journey we will monitor individual performance and business requirements and under exceptional circumstances we may conclude that continuation onto the level 6 is not appropriate.

Phase 1 – initial 3 year period:
• Nuclear Technician Apprenticeship Standard (Level 5);
• Foundation Degree/HND (Level 5) in either a science or engineering based discipline

For candidates with the ability to progress further:
Phase 2 – further 2 year period:
• Nuclear Scientist and Engineer Integrated Degree Apprentice Standard (Level 6);
• Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (BEng – Level 6) or a Bachelor’s Degree in Science (BSc – Level 6) aligned to your career pathway

Control Systems

Location: Sellafield, Cumbria

As a Control Systems apprentice you will follow a broad training programme designed to introduce you to the many elements of industrial control systems. You will learn about the powerful control systems and associated technology used to control, safeguard and monitor all aspects of plant operations. Over 5 years, in partnership with our training provider, you will be trained in the design, development, maintenance and servicing of industrial control systems.

You will gain experience in computer programming, fault finding, electrical principles, maintenance of industrial automation systems, knowledge of process plant operations, cyber security 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?

All apprentices will complete a bridging course (currently 17 weeks) delivered at one of our local training providers. During this initial period you will be employed directly by the training provider and only upon successful completion of the course, will you transfer onto the Sellafield Ltd degree apprentice programme.

Year 1 – our Design Engineering and Control Systems apprentices will be based full time at one of our local training providers undertaking PEO (Performing Engineering Operations).

Years 2-5 – On completion of the PEO course, Design Engineering and Control System apprentices will be based full time in the workplace and continue academic studies on a day release basis at one of our local training providers.

What qualifications will I obtain?

All Sellafield Ltd degree apprentices are recruited with the expectation that they will successfully complete the full 5-year programme. During this journey we will monitor individual performance and business requirements and under exceptional circumstances we may conclude that continuation onto the level 6 is not appropriate.

Phase 1 – initial 3 year period:
• Nuclear Technician Apprenticeship Standard (Level 5);
• Foundation Degree/HND (Level 5) in either a science or engineering based discipline

For candidates with the ability to progress further:
Phase 2 – further 2 year period:
• Nuclear Scientist and Engineer Integrated Degree Apprentice Standard (Level 6);
• Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (BEng – Level 6) or a Bachelor’s Degree in Science (BSc – Level 6) aligned to your career pathway

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 2-5 – All Apprentices will be based full time in the workplace and continue academic studies on a day release basis at one of our local training providers.

What qualifications will I obtain?

All Sellafield Ltd degree apprentices are recruited with the expectation that they will successfully complete the full 5-year programme. During this journey we will monitor individual performance and business requirements and under exceptional circumstances we may conclude that continuation onto the level 6 is not appropriate.

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 9 to 4 (Grades A* to C) including Mathematics, English and an Engineering or Science subject.
  • 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.
  • If you do not have Mathematics at A Level then you must achieve a minimum of Grade 6 (Grade B) at GCSE.

Operations

Location: Sellafield, Cumbria

As a degree apprentice working in Operations you will work alongside experienced Operations Support staff. You will develop core engineering skills and assist in the development and production of relevant safety and assurance documentation to complete a variety of simple and complex on-plant tasks. Placement areas vary greatly and promise a wide range of opportunities.

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?

All apprentices will complete a bridging course (currently 17 weeks) delivered at one of our local training providers. During this initial period you will be employed directly by the training provider and only upon successful completion of the course, will you transfer onto the Sellafield Ltd degree apprentice programme.

Apprentices will then be based full time in the workplace and continue academic studies on a day release basis at one of our local training providers.

What qualifications will I obtain?

All Sellafield Ltd degree apprentices are recruited with the expectation that they will successfully complete the full 5-year programme. During this journey we will monitor individual performance and business requirements and under exceptional circumstances we may conclude that continuation onto the level 6 is not appropriate.

Phase 1 – initial 3 year period:
• Nuclear Technician Apprenticeship Standard (Level 5);
• Foundation Degree/HND (Level 5) in either a science or engineering based discipline

For candidates with the ability to progress further:
Phase 2 – further 2 year period:
• Nuclear Scientist and Engineer Integrated Degree Apprentice Standard (Level 6);
• Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (BEng – Level 6) or a Bachelor’s Degree in Science (BSc – Level 6) aligned to your career pathway

Project Management

Location: Sellafield, Cumbria – (48 month programme)

What is Project Management?

Project Managers are the people who have the responsibility of delivering projects safely, on schedule and on budget. They lead an integrated project team of professionals in the design, construction, commissioning or decommissioning of some of the most challenging projects in the most challenging environments in industry.

What will I be doing?

This is a four-year Degree Apprenticeship scheme which offers on the job learning across a broad range of project delivery areas. Aligned to the new Project Manager Degree Trailblazer apprenticeship standard you will gain Project Management experience whilst also gaining a professional Project Management qualification.

Whilst on the scheme you will undertake six 6-monthly placements and one final year 12-month placement in Project Management, Project Controls, Risk Management and Construction/Commissioning/Pre-Operations.

What do I need to consider?

If you like to own a piece of work from start to finish and like being accountable for delivering work this is a role you will get a great deal of satisfaction from. You will be working alongside world class experts in the industry and potentially leading 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 deadlines. You will need to be an effective communicator to influence your team and ensure the team maintains its momentum to deliver to cost, time, quality and safety requirements.

Where will my training be delivered?

The apprentice will undertake placements based on either the Sellafield site or one of our various satellite offices in West Cumbria.

What qualifications will I obtain?

  • Apprentices will achieve the Association for Project Management Project Management Qualification (PMQ).
  • BSc Hons degree in Project Management.

What are the entry requirements?

  • Minimum age 18.
  • Minimum of 5 GCSEs Grade 4 (Grade C) in Mathematics, English Language & 1 Science subject (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Science or similar).
  • Minimum of 96 UCAS Points, all A Level subjects considered. Other Level 3 qualifications may be considered. Vocational equivalents at level 3 or higher will also be considered (e.g. HNC/HND etc).

Quality Management

Location: Sellafield, Cumbria

An Apprentice for Quality Management works alongside experienced quality professionals. You will learn how to engage with a broad range of stakeholders and how to problem solve using a variety of tools and techniques that will benefit projects, operational, functional and corporate areas and the supply chain to improve their processes and performance, enabling the successful completion of the company’s mission. You will learn governance, assurance, leadership and improvement skills to be able to drive 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?

All apprentices will complete a bridging course (currently 17 weeks) delivered at one of our local training providers. During this initial period you will be employed directly by the training provider and only upon successful completion of the course, will you transfer onto the Sellafield Ltd degree apprentice programme.

Apprentices will then be based full time in the workplace and continue academic studies on a day release basis at one of our local training providers.

What qualifications will I obtain?

All Sellafield Ltd degree apprentices are recruited with the expectation that they will successfully complete the full 5-year programme. During this journey we will monitor individual performance and business requirements and under exceptional circumstances we may conclude that continuation onto the level 6 is not appropriate.

Phase 1 – initial 3 year period:
• Nuclear Technician Apprenticeship Standard (Level 5);
• Foundation Degree/HND (Level 5) in either a science or engineering based discipline

For candidates with the ability to progress further:
Phase 2 – further 2 year period:
• Nuclear Scientist and Engineer Integrated Degree Apprentice Standard (Level 6);
• Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (BEng – Level 6) or a Bachelor’s Degree in Science (BSc – Level 6) aligned to your career pathway

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?

All apprentices will complete a bridging course (currently 17 weeks) delivered at one of our local training providers. During this initial period you will be employed directly by the training provider and only upon successful completion of the course, will you transfer onto the Sellafield Ltd degree apprentice programme.

Apprentices will then be based full time in the workplace and continue academic studies on a day release basis at one of our local training providers.

What qualifications will I obtain?

All Sellafield Ltd degree apprentices are recruited with the expectation that they will successfully complete the full 5-year programme. During this journey we will monitor individual performance and business requirements and under exceptional circumstances we may conclude that continuation onto the level 6 is not appropriate.

Phase 1 – initial 3 year period:
• Nuclear Technician Apprenticeship Standard (Level 5);
• Foundation Degree/HND (Level 5) in either a science or engineering based discipline

For candidates with the ability to progress further:
Phase 2 – further 2 year period:
• Nuclear Scientist and Engineer Integrated Degree Apprentice Standard (Level 6);
• Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (BEng – Level 6) or a Bachelor’s Degree in Science (BSc – Level 6) aligned to your career pathway

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?

All apprentices will complete a bridging course (currently 17 weeks) delivered at one of our local training providers. During this initial period you will be employed directly by the training provider and only upon successful completion of the course, will you transfer onto the Sellafield Ltd degree apprentice programme.

Apprentices will then be based full time in the workplace and continue academic studies on a day release basis at one of our local training providers.

What qualifications will I obtain?

All Sellafield Ltd degree apprentices are recruited with the expectation that they will successfully complete the full 5-year programme. During this journey we will monitor individual performance and business requirements and under exceptional circumstances we may conclude that continuation onto the level 6 is not appropriate.

Phase 1 – initial 3 year period:
• Nuclear Technician Apprenticeship Standard (Level 5);
• Foundation Degree/HND (Level 5) in either a science or engineering based discipline

For candidates with the ability to progress further:
Phase 2 – further 2 year period:
• Nuclear Scientist and Engineer Integrated Degree Apprentice Standard (Level 6);
• Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (BEng – Level 6) or a Bachelor’s Degree in Science (BSc – Level 6) aligned to your career pathway.