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Nuclear Degree Apprentice

Office for Nuclear Regulation
On our Nuclear Degree Apprenticeship Scheme, you will support the team responsible for regulating Nuclear Safety, Safeguards and Security across the UK. You will undertake on the job training via a variety of work placements and also study for a Nuclear Engineering Degree.

Office for Nuclear Regulation - Employer

The Office for Nuclear Regulation is responsible for the regulation of nuclear safety and security across the UK. Their mission is to provide efficient and effective regulation of the nuclear industry, holding it to account on behalf of the public.

Office for Nuclear Regulation


5 years

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Job Summary

GBP Competitive
New Vacancy
Office for Nuclear Regulation

Detailed Job Description

The Nuclear Degree Apprenticeship Scheme recruits and develops A-Level / B-TEC qualified (or equivalent) individuals to become the next generation of nuclear engineers and inspectors. Nuclear Degree Apprentices will develop an understanding of working on Nuclear licenced sites, and the regulation of such, supporting the safe design, build, commissioning and creation of Nuclear Power.

The Nuclear Degree Apprenticeship is a five year programme, during which you will work towards the Level 6 Nuclear Scientist & Nuclear Engineer Standard. This involves an initial phase of engineering appreciation and awareness, followed by a series of exciting placements within areas such as nuclear integration, plant operation, maintenance, testing, commissioning and nuclear safety, inspection and regulation.

Our Nuclear Degree Apprentices follow a set placement schedule (which will include placements within other Nuclear Licenced Sites as well as at our headquarters in Bootle). During the apprenticeship, you will build a portfolio of evidence allowing you to record evidence of the knowledge, competencies and experiences you are gaining. You will also complete a BEng (Hons) Degree in Nuclear Engineering which runs for the duration of the apprenticeship and is fully funded by the organisation. Final work-placements will be determined as you progress through the apprenticeship. Final placements will be aligned to business requirements at the time. Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship you will have gained a BEng (Hons) Degree in Nuclear Engineering from Lancaster University. You will have also gained five years of experience within various areas of the Nuclear Energy Sector. Opportunities for career progression within ONR are excellent subject to a formal employment offer being made.

Requirements and Prospects

Qualifications required

You will need five GCSEs grade A*-C/ 4-9 (or equivalent) including Maths, English and Science/technical subject and 240/96 UCAS points or equivalent (excluding UCAS points gained at AS level) to include Maths plus one other STEM subject (excluding General Studies).

All applicants will be expected to be medically fit as deemed necessary to perform the role, be eligible to work in the UK and be able to successfully achieve security clearance.

Skills required

An interest in the Nuclear sector and keen appreciation of Engineering and Mathematics.

Personal Qualities

You should have a keen interest in engineering and technology and be prepared to study this to degree level.

Good attention to detail and awareness of health and safety are also essential qualities for this apprenticeship.

The ability to communicate clearly is also key.

Future prospects

Upon successful completion of the Apprenticeship programme there are development opportunities within the organisation to work towards becoming a Nuclear Inspector.

Nuclear Inspectors are expected to be capable of undertaking a variety of roles:

  • Inspecting sites
  • Assessing technical safety cases
  • Enforcing the law and influencing improvement in safety cases
  • Investigating incidents
  • Developing strategic approaches to secure high standards in the industry
  • Managing nuclear research contracts etc.

Some Inspectors concentrate on undertaking planned and reactive inspections on site, while others will mainly assess safety submissions or manage discrete intervention projects. However, the focus is on working as teams to ensure compliance, reassure the public and improve safety standards.

Additional Information

Training provided

  • FD Nuclear Engineering
  • BEng Hons Nuclear Engineering Degree

The application process is managed on behalf of ONR by Blackpool and the Fylde College. The college recruitment team will support you through this process and keep in contact with you at each stage. Once you have submitted your application, you will be sent a request for a copy of your CV and for you to complete the college based online initial assessments in English, Maths and IT.

Blackpool and the Fylde College - Learning Provider

B&FC For Business at Blackpool and the Fylde College is a leading provider of Apprenticeships, Traineeships and employability services. 

For more information about this vacancy please contact Blackpool and the Fylde College on 01253 504199 or email: (Ref ID:93233)
Blackpool and the Fylde College


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