Engineering Operative Apprenticeship AWE PLC

An Operations Apprentice role will give you your first steps to a career in a diverse and unique environment, involving manufacturing, science, and engineering and other key areas of the business. This would suit candidates that are looking for a new career where attention to detail and precision is a fundamental requirement.

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

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Closing date: 28 Feb 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Salary increases annually

  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday: 07:40 - 16:35 Alternate Fridays: 07:40 - 16:20 At AWE we work a 9-day fortnight allowing all employees every-other Friday off.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    14 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Apr 2024

  • Date posted

    05 Dec 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    15 available

What you will do in your working day

As an Operations Apprentice you will be key to providing manufacturing and assemble capabilities to the defence and security of the United Kingdom. You will deliver practical production and process operations in highly regulated and safety conscious working environment.

The role covers a wide range of common and job specific skills sets that can be transferred across the manufacturing engineering industry sectors during the course of their careers.

You will be supporting various facility maintenance activiites, related to Mechanical, Electrical and Control & Instrumentation skills.

The training you will be getting

Diploma in engineering operations (skills) 

Certificate/Diploma in engineering operations (knowledge)

The initial training will take place at Oxford Advanced Skills in Oxford for 6 months. Transport to and from Aldermaston will be provided. You will undertake theory and practical training within AWE to support your apprenticeship.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Career in engineering or further apprenticeship development opportunities.

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


Other N/A (Grade N/A) Desired

Things to consider

Initial training will take place at 0xford Advanced Skills (6 months) with return transport from Aldermaston provided. Upon completion of initial phase of training, you will be based at either AWE site for workplace learning.

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.




Atomic Weapons Establishment





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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 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: 28 Feb 2024