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Engineering Design Degree Apprenticeship

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

NNL is not like any other business, and our Apprenticeships are like no other. Our Apprentices are our future, which is why we have a dedicated apprentice programme – ‘Beginner to Winner’ – which supports our apprentices in their personal development whilst they are completing their apprenticeship.

To welcome you into the business, all our NNL apprentices join a 3 day induction programme. This will give you an understanding of the business, the programme you will follow and what we’ll expect from you during your apprenticeship. Following your induction, you’ll attend training sessions focusing on personal development at three monthly intervals. These cover a range of skills from time management to team working. We’ll learn about you together.

We even have a dedicated apprentice co-ordinator who is there to ensure that you are settling into your apprenticeship at NNL, both in the workplace and at College.

Discover our Engineering Design Apprenticeship:

Our Engineering Designers not only deliver optimum engineering performance across sites, but are also responsible for developing some of the most pioneering, globally adopted nuclear development programmes.

In Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Control and Instrumentation (EC&I) you’ll be trained in all aspects of design and follow an Apprenticeship route, tailored to your design discipline.

Engineering Designers need to be safety conscious and have good IT, mathematics & communication skills. You will need to have perfect colour vision and therefore must undertake a colour vision test.


Role Responsibility

For the first year of the Engineering Design Apprenticeship you will spend your time at a local College agreed by NNL which will teach you all of the key engineering skills you will require as part of your apprenticeship. You will learn about:

  • How to work in a safe manner: you will become familiar with industry guidelines and regulations such as LOLER, PUWER and COSHH
  • Produce drawings and designs using Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Auto-CAD and additional design & prototyping programmes
  • Maintenance of existing equipment and manufacture of new parts when required
  • Problem solving and fault-finding
  • Installation, testing and adjustment of plant and machinery to make sure it is running smoothly, safely and meeting performance targets
  • Use of different tools

Following your first year at College you will then join the NNL Engineering Design team and attend College on a day release basis.

The Ideal Candidate

  • You’ll already have a good academic background when you apply for an apprenticeship with us. You should have attained 5 GCSE's A-C (New Grading 9-4) including Maths & English.
  • You will be on track to achieve or have attained A-Levels at a Pass mark minimum (one of which must be Engineering) or a BTEC in Engineering at a Pass grade.

We’re looking for people who can be part of our future. People who want to succeed and have the commitment and motivation to get there. People who ask questions and demand answers, who’ll be open to learning and work hard.

We’re looking for bright, enthusiastic achievers who’ll want to be part of our mission to grow the nuclear industry. Applicants must be 16 or over.

National Nuclear Laboratory

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