Nuclear Operator Apprenticeship 2024 SELLAFIELD LIMITED

A nuclear operator apprentice will be trained in procedures for dealing with the handling and disposal of radiological and hazardous waste, plant control and monitoring, sampling operations, environmental controls, radioactive discharges, emergencies and other plant systems such as ventilation, steam and cooling water.

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. 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 working shift patterns which can involve working weekends and at times unsociable hours. Exact working days and hours TBC

    Total hours per week: 37.0

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    08 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    80 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Monitoring plant conditions, following procedures and responding to alarms via systems and computers
  • Sampling activities and decommissioning redundant equipment with tools
  • You will be following documented instructions for nearly all aspects of work
  • You will typically be working in teams of ten to twelve colleagues from diverse backgrounds. The roles are physically demanding and do require you to wear personal protective equipment and respiratory equipment (such as full PVC suit, gloves and respirators) whilst working in a range of conditions i.e. hot, cold and or in confined spaces

The training you will be getting

First 6 months – Sellafield based apprentices: Training is delivered at our local off-site training facility.

Last 18 months – Start Sellafield Skills Centre on a pre-site ready programme then placed in operating units throughout the business to continue your training and apprenticeship. You will be continually monitored and assessed during your training.

You will obtain the following qualifications:

  • Level 2 ST0291 Nuclear Operative
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Processing Industries Operations Process Operations

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

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working


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

Minimum age of 18 by 1st February 2024 in-line with health and safety requirements. The roles can be physically demanding. You will be required to wear personal protective equipment and respiratory equipment such as full PVC suit, gloves and respirators The work will involve working in a range of conditions i.e. hot, cold and or in confined spaces.

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 operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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