Apprentice Scheme 2021 – Engineering and Technical

Abingdon, Oxfordshire

UKAEA Apprenticeship Scheme 2021 – Engineering and Technical

– Contract
– Department: People (HR)
– Salary: Starting at £12,643 + excellent benefits
– Salary band: £10,000 to £19,999 per annum
– Confirmed Grade: Apprentice Scheme
– Site Location: UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire

Company Description

By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in joining an organisation where your work will contribute and help to shape the future of the world’s energy? If so, the apprenticeship scheme provides a perfect gateway into a future career in this industry. 

Fusion, the process that powers the Sun and stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs. UKAEA are at the forefront of realising energy from fusion, working with industry and research partners to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow’s fusion power stations with the aim of bringing fusion electricity to the grid.

Who are we looking for? 

We have an opportunity for enthusiastic and passionate early careers applicants to join our award-winning apprenticeship scheme, where you will develop both general work-related skills and professional qualifications to excel in your chosen discipline. 

What apprenticeships are available? 

Our exciting apprentice training opportunities are available in: 

– L3 Engineering Technician
– L3 Electrical Installation (Electricians)
– L6 Digital & Technology Solutions
– L6 Product Design & Development Engineer
– L6 Electrical/Electronic Support Engineer

If an apprenticeship in a different subject area interests you, please view our full list of vacancies, as we are offering multiple apprenticeships across several disciplines. We have a project management apprenticeship at Level 6 included in our professional support vacancy. 


Full training will be provided throughout the apprenticeship; however, you are required to possess the following minimum qualifications:  

– GCSE Mathematics (Higher Paper) and English Language passes to Grade C (level 4-9) 
– Plus, three other GCSE passes to Grade C (level 4-9)
– Alternative vocational level 3 qualification (90 credit Units, 540 GLH) accepted. For engineering roles, this needs to include a Science, Technology or Engineering related subject 
– For all Level 6 apprenticeships, you will need to have A-Levels or equivalent level 3 qualifications

In addition, you should be able to demonstrate good communication and teamworking skills with an interest and aptitude for practical or office-based work (depending on the apprenticeship). As part of the scheme, you will also be encouraged and supported to achieve professional accreditation (if applicable).  

What is the recruitment process? 

As part of the selection process, you may be expected to complete work-based simulation exercises. 

We usually run assessment centres and 1:1 interview on-site, however, due to COVID-19, this year’s recruitment may be all conducted remotely. 

What we offer 

– Encouragement and support to achieve your qualification 
– A culture committed to being fully inclusive, supported by a Being Inclusive Strategy and Inclusion Ambassadors 
– An Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, with a full calendar of health and wellbeing initiatives 
– 30.5 days’ annual leave (including privilege days and 3 days between Christmas and New Year) increased with length of service 
– Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme
– Annual corporate bonus scheme
– Team building and personal development 
– A competitive apprentice salary, increasing each year whilst on the scheme 
– 20% off the job training 
– All apprentices are employed with the goal of them being given a permanent position after the successful completion of their apprenticeship

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from Black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities, (visible and hidden) and women. Our dedicated Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Partner, with the support of our Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the organisation to help make our organisation an employer of choice. We are easily accessible by car and are a 10-minute walk from Culham Railway Station. There are also buses from Abingdon town centre. 

Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received. 

Please note, all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance – The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) or will confirm that there are no such convictions.