Control & Instrumentation Technical Author Apprentice - Level 3 Advanced AWE PLC

Technical Authors are the specialists who generate written instructions on how to perform all kinds of technical tasks in a safe, controlled way. At AWE the role of a Technical Author involves producing documentation that explains how to safely build, support and service the UK’s nuclear deterrent.

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Closing date: 28 Feb 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £16,000.00

    Salary increases annually.

  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday: 07:40-16:35 Alternate Fridays: 07:40-16:15 At AWE we work a 9-day fortnight allowing all employees every-other Friday off.

    Total hours per week: 37.0

  • Expected duration

    48 Months

  • Possible start date

    12 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    29 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced
    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number

    VAC1000215338

  • Positions

    5 available

What you will do in your working day

C&I is one of only two 'critical trades' at AWE and is vital to the successful delivery of our programme of work.  Put simply, C&I Engineers enable a wide range of different automated processes to run.  To help you understand the technology you will be writing about and to give you the skills and expertise to become a specialist author, you will spend three years studying Control and Instrumentation (C&I).   
 
Technical Authors are the specialists who generate written instructions on how to perform all kinds of technical tasks in a safe, controlled way.  It’s a skill that is in demand across a wide range of industries ranging from car assembly, aircraft maintenance to telecommunications.  At AWE the role of Technical Author involves producing documentation that explains how to safely build, support and service the UK’s nuclear deterrent.

As an apprentice you will initially be based within the Skills Academy you will develop a basic knowledge of C&I and learn the associated skills.  You will further your knowledge through academic studies on day release at college.  Thereafter you will progress to the manufacturing aspect of your training where you will start to apply these core skills in a live working environment.  This will include:

  • Servicing
  • Repairing
  • System Installation to support our facilities: temperature control, flow and pressure measurement, display gauges and recorders.

Once you have completed three years studying C&I and become a qualified maintenance engineer you will start to build your skills as a Technical Author. 
   
Your first out-turn year will be spent learning Desktop Publishing, Technical Authorship and applying your C&I knowledge to written work instructions.  You will go on placements around the business learning communications techniques and gain a Diploma in Technical Authorship as you work towards a career in Technical Publications.   

The training you will be getting

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Technical Authorship

The first 2 years of training will take place on-site at our skills academy whilst attending a local college on day release.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

At AWE we offer a guaranteed role for when you've finished your apprenticeship. Our apprentices have gone onto support our business in a variety of roles.


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Patience, Health & Safety Aware

Qualifications

GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C) Essential

About the employer

For nearly 71 years, AWE has been at the forefront of nuclear weapons research and development. We have a critical mission: to provide the warheads for the UK’s ultimate deterrent – Trident. We also use our unique skills to provide wider UK government with counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction solutions. Our role in nuclear defence and what we do to support the UK’s nuclear deterrent, is vital in defending our country from the most extreme threats and to keeping the peace.

Employer

AWE PLC

Address

Atomic Weapons Establishment

Aldermaston

Reading

RG7 4PR

Contact

earlycareers@awe.co.uk

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Training

Training provider

AWE PLC

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

Science industry maintenance 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: 28 Feb 2024