Craft Machinist Apprenticeship 2024 SELLAFIELD LIMITED

A Machinist Apprentice trains to become a highly skilled craftsperson in the nuclear industry. The role will include operation of lathes and milling machines to produce items to specification.

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 £20,309 in year 2, £23,722 in year 3 and £25,264 in year 4. Higher rates are applied to those aged 21 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 site-based hours at Sellafield Ltd, which is 7.30am - 3.40pm. However you may be requested to start earlier and work shifts.

    Total hours per week: 37.0

  • Expected duration

    48 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    08 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

You will be trained to:

  • Operate lathes and milling machines to produce items to specification
  • Manufacture items with threads, chamfers, radii, grooves and slots
  • As an integral part of your apprenticeship your progress will be monitored and assessed against the National Apprenticeship 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 a knowledge, skills and behaviours assessment by an independently appointed organisation, where you will be expected to clearly demonstrate your ability to meet the apprenticeship

The training you will be getting

1st Year - training is delivered at our local of-site training facility.

2nd, 3rd & 4th Years - Site placement in central workshops at Sellafield.

After a period of foundation skills and technical knowledge development you will be required to achieve the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 ST0457 Engineering Technician - Machinist - Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Apprenticeship
  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
  • Level 2 Diploma in Machining (Foundation Knowledge)
    Award for Nuclear Industry Awareness (ANIA) Level 2 Qualification
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Machining (Development Knowledge)

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, Logical, Team working, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science or Engineering (Grade 4) Essential

Things to consider

You may at times need to wear personal protective equipment, necessary for work in active areas (such as full PVC suiting, gloves and respirators) Candidates will be required to achieve appropriate security and medical clearances; these will be instigated on receiving a conditional offer of employment.

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

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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