Nuclear Welding Inspection Apprenticeship 2024 SELLAFIELD LIMITED

The role of a nuclear welding inspection apprentice will be to provide quality control and welding inspection services to the nuclear industry. For the first twelve months you will learn basic hand skills and cover three in depth modules covering the most commonly used welding techniques within the industry.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 11 Feb 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Increasing to £24,603 in year 2, £26,996 in year 3 and £29,445 in year 4. Higher rates are applied to those aged 23 and over. You’ll have the opportunity to benefit from an annual bonus, linked to company performance, of up to £4000*

  • Working week

    You will be required to work typical office based hours at Sellafield Ltd, which is 8:10am to 16:20pm Monday to Friday. However you may be requested to start earlier and work hours such as; 7:00am to 15:10pm or 7:30am to 15:40pm. Shifts TBC.

    Total hours per week: 37.0

  • Expected duration

    48 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    08 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    5 available

What you will do in your working day

  • You will be carrying out detailed visual inspections.
  • Making detailed records and giving technical feedback.
  • Developing the confidence to challenge/question specifications throughout the manufacturing process.
  • You will become trained in other techniques such as liquid penetrant and magnetic particle testing to detect surface breaking defects or you may also get the chance to do volumetric testing such as; Radiography and Ultra Sonic testing, which allows you to detect defects inside the weld. You will need to have the right attitude to health and safety, quality and following instructions.

The scheme will cover:

  • Material science
  • Welding technology/welding inspection
  • Non-destructive testing (NDT) techniques

The training you will be getting

You will have the opportunity to work towards a Level 4 Apprenticeship certificate, during this time you will work alongside existing welding inspectors at Sellafield Ltd and attend college one day per week.

  • 1st Year – Training will be delivered at a local off-site training facility. You will learn basic hand, trade skills, welding techniques, reading engineering/fabrication drawings, taking measurements and a basic introduction into welding inspection.
  • 2nd, 3rd and 4th Year – You will be placed in the welding inspection team on site/off site and in the supply chain learning about welding inspection, material defects and NDT techniques, i.e. Dye Penetrant, Magnetic Particle, Radiography and Ultrasonic Testing. We also carry out inspections off site as well which means we have to inspect manufactured items/equipment that our suppliers have made in their workshops to check it meets the required standard.

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 as a Nuclear Welding Inspection Technician.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Following successful completion of your apprenticeship, we will look to retain you in a professional full time position at Sellafield Ltd. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Team working, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade 5) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade 5) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science or Engineering subject (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent X2 Any Subject (Grade 4) Essential

Things to consider

Having high levels of attention to detail is vital in this role and in the written write up on records. It is a requirement for the role that you are able to pass an NDT vision test in accordance with BS EN ISO 9712, this is required to be maintained at 12 monthly intervals.

About the employer

Sellafield Ltd is a global centre for nuclear engineering management. We pioneered the harnessing of nuclear power to generate electricity for the country. Now the world is watching as we set international standards in high-hazard reduction. In short, we’re at the forefront of the industry.




Sellafield Site / Surrounding offices in West Cumbria

CA20 1PG


GBS Recruitment

019467 81000

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Nuclear welding inspection technician

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 11 Feb 2024