Operations Apprenticeship AWE PLC

Science process manufacturing is varied. It includes industries such as biotechnology, chemical, composites, petrochemical, polymer, and pharmaceutical. Science process industries combine raw materials and apply a science-based process or processes - biological, chemical, or physical - to create products, either continuously or in batches.

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Closing date: today

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

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    12 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    05 Dec 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    10 available

What you will do in your working day

The broad purpose of the occupation is to complete science-based manufacturing processes to produce materials and products following standard operating procedures.

Products are varied and may include:

  • Battery cells
  • Composite wind turbine parts
  • Drugs, plastic bottles, proteins, and solvents

This involves checking and preparing materials and using specialist science-based manufacturing process plant or equipment. They monitor the process and take action to resolve deviations. Maintaining the work area is part of the role. They contribute to quality control, continuous improvement, and problem-solving activities. They also complete work records, which are important in regulated workplaces.

The training you will be getting

  • Level 2 Technical Certificate
  • Level 2 Science Manufacturing Process Operative Apprenticeship Standard
  • How training will be delivered is to be confirmed

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


GCSE or equivalent +3 additional GSCEs (Science desirable) (Grade C/4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C/4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C/4 or above) 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.




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

Science manufacturing process 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: today