Nuclear

Cavendish Nuclear Apprenticeships

Cavendish Nuclear is the UK’s largest specialist nuclear support services organisation, employing over 2,700 nuclear engineers, scientists and technicians.

The expertise of this highly skilled workforce, combined with our experience as a nuclear site licensee and operator, enables Cavendish Nuclear to provide safe, effective solutions for the entire nuclear lifecycle, from design and build, through operation and maintenance, to decommissioning, waste management and remediation.

To find out more, please contact:
Cavendish Nuclear Careers
Email: [email protected]

Technician Apprenticeship

Candidates interested in applying for the Technician Apprenticeship should ideally be able to demonstrate a genuine interest in hands on engineering and demonstrate their passion through real-life experiences working on engineering/ construction-type projects at school or perhaps as a hobby in their social time.

For Technician Apprentices training and work experience will largely be practical using industrial equipment, tools and machinery in the development, test and manufacturing areas or undertake installation/maintenance activities. They will learn to operate machinery in compliance with strict health and safety regulations.

During the first year, apprentices will attend college full time in order to gain practical skills as well as basic skills including health and safety and IT. They will be working towards achieving a technical certificate and will also be invited to spend time during the term breaks at their place of work.

In Years 2, 3 and 4 apprentices will attend college one day per week and will spend the remaining 4 days applying their learning in the workplace and getting real hands on experience.

Apprentices will be encouraged to gain a broad range of experience during their 4 year apprenticeship and may undertake placements away from their home base.

Successful applicants will need to have or are expected to have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s at Grade 4 (C) or above including English, Science, and Maths at Grade 5 (B) or above.

Design Apprenticeship

Interested candidates should be able to demonstrate their experience through technological/ engineering projects they have undertaken at home, school or in their social time. We are particularly keen to hear from a diverse range of individuals who have a desire to learn and apply their learning in a professional and friendly office environment.

During the first year, design apprentices will attend college full time receiving practical training as well as the completion of a technical certificate leading to a nationally recognised qualification.

In years 2, 3 and 4 apprentices will attend college one day per week and will spend the remaining 4 days applying their learning in the office whilst being mentored and supported by experienced and knowledgeable professional engineers. There may be opportunities for the apprentices to undertake placements away from their home base.

Successful applicants will need to have or are expected to have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s at Grade 4 (C) or above including English, Science, and Maths at Grade 5 (B) or above.

Radiation Protection Instrumentation (RPI) and Scientific Apprenticeships

At Cavendish Nuclear we have opportunities for RPI and Scientific apprentices at our Environmental Laboratory, at our work stations on the Sellafield Plant and in Berkeley.

RPI and Scientific Apprentices are given hands on training and experience on the job whilst working towards recognised qualifications with the local training provider. They will be working in a highly controlled and regulated environment, where compliance with legislation and health and safety practices are essential.

These schemes will give hands on experience, using various industrial machines, equipment and tools to carry out duties for our customers. This is a team working environment and being a team player is important to get the most from the work experience. Throughout the training period, apprentices will be given a mentor who will be an experienced, professional and friendly individual keen to pass on their experiences and insights.

Apprentices will be encouraged to gain a broad range of experience during their apprenticeship and may undertake placements away from their home base.

All of our apprentices are encouraged to get involved in activities that support the promotion of apprenticeships and working in the Nuclear Industry, attending open day events at schools and colleges as well as mentoring younger generations.

Successful applicants will need to have or are expected to have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s at Grade 4 (C) or above including English, Science, and Maths at Grade 5 (B) or above.

Project Controls Apprenticeships

The Project Controls apprenticeship gives successful candidates comprehensive grounding in the technical disciplines of estimating, planning, scheduling and cost engineering which lead to a role as a Project Controller.

Typically the type of work Project Controls Apprentices will be involved in includes assisting in the production of estimates, plans, schedules and various reports used to track and monitor project delivery across a range of Nuclear Engineering and Decommissioning projects. Training in our best in class project controls systems will also be provided.

The training will include practical and on the job training as well as the completion of a Level 3 qualification in project controls practice which is a nationally recognised qualification.

During year 1 & 2 of the apprenticeship, apprentices will attend college on residential block release with our training provider in Bristol.

Year 3 of the apprenticeship will be spent working full time in the office applying their learning. Apprentices will gain a solid foundation within a professional project environment and have the opportunity to be mentored and supported by experienced and knowledgeable professionals.

Successful applicants will need to have or are expected to have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s at Grade 4 (C) or above including English, Science, and Maths at Grade 5 (B) or above.

Welding & Pipefitting Apprenticeships

We have opportunities for Welding Technician and Construction Pipefitter candidates who can demonstrate a genuine interest in hands on engineering and will be able to demonstrate their passion through real-life experiences working on engineering/ construction-type projects at school or perhaps as a hobby in their social time.

Welding Technician apprentices will have opportunities to work in the field of welding operations, which is the joining together of metal components and assemblies using extreme heat generated by electric or gas welding equipment to melt and fuse the metal. Welders are required to read and interpret welding specifications, establish the correct process to be used, select the correct material and welding equipment, prepare the material for welding and skilfully weld together the components in accordance with strict tolerances and quality standards. They will also become knowledgeable of the testing processes required in order to check that the welding requirement have been met sufficiently. These activities will be supporting operations within the nuclear industry.

Our Construction Pipefitter apprentices will have opportunities to work in the field of pipe fitting operations, which involves the following areas; to lay out, assemble, install, and maintain pipe systems, pipe supports, and related hydraulic and pneumatic equipment for steam, hot water, heating, cooling, lubricating, sprinkling, and industrial production and processing systems. This has to meet strict tolerances and quality standards. These activities will be supporting operations within the nuclear industry.

As part of a structured apprenticeship programme during Year 1 candidates will attend college full time on a residential basis with our training provider in Birmingham.

Thereafter candidates will be deployed on placements to gain further experience in the processes and techniques whilst being mentored and supported by experienced and knowledgeable professional engineers in the setting of an engineering construction site. On completion of the apprenticeship scheme candidates will be prepared to enter our engineering and construction industry to prove their skills and further develop their career path which includes the possibility to join our construction team working to build the new nuclear power station Hinkley Point C, one of the most complex and exciting opportunities in the UK industry today.

Successful applicants will need to have or are expected to have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s at Grade 4 (C) or above including English, Science, and Maths at Grade 5 (B) or above.