UKAEA apprenticeships

Are you passionate about shaping the future of the world’s energy? Are you looking to begin a career in something worthwhile and exciting? If so, an apprenticeship with us may be for you.

Apprentice working with robotic arms
Two UKAEA apprentices using robotic equipment

If you’re looking to begin a career, UKAEA’s apprenticeship scheme offers you training in a variety of roles to nationally recognised standards, and the chance to earn while you learn!

Our award-winning scheme originally focused on Advanced Engineering Apprenticeships when it began in 2005. Now, we’ve expanded our apprenticeship offering into a wide range of areas, to help young people and UKAEA achieve their future talent needs.

Take a read of what some of our current apprentices had to say:

The friendly atmosphere is extremely helpful as a new starter at UKAEA. Everybody is approachable and happy to help which provides an environment with optimal learning experiences. The challenging aspect of the work is also very appealing to me. No day is the same.

Charlotte Wilkes

Mechanical Design Engineer Apprentice

I’m very passionate about the company I work for and it feels good knowing that the work I do will help make a difference with achieving UKAEA’s mission and goals. I enjoy working at UKAEA because of how supportive, helpful and kind everyone around me is.

Megan Humphrey

Project Management Apprentice

What you will gain from an apprenticeship

As a UKAEA apprentice, you’ll learn from experts in the field, working in fusion and helping to develop low-carbon energy. You will also be working on challenging and exciting projects in a supportive environment. On completing one of our apprenticeships, you will gain the academic qualifications and skills that you need to join the workforce straight away and succeed.

At UKAEA, we value real life experience as well as classroom working. Some of our past apprentices have had the opportunity to work on the world-leading JET and MAST Upgrade fusion devices, whilst learning theory in college.

We are a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer and were the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Advanced Apprenticeship Training Provider of the Year 2020. We have partnered with the Science & Technology Facilities Council to create the Oxfordshire Advanced Skills (OAS) centre, to deliver high quality training for apprentice engineers and technicians. In addition, for non-engineering, ‘business support’ apprentices we work with numerous colleges and universities nationally.

By choosing to do your apprenticeship with us, you will:

Gain nationally recognised qualifications

Earn a salary whilst you learn

Have a job opportunity at the end of your apprenticeship

Receive paid holidays

Develop personal and technical skills

Receive experience in the workplace rather than just in a classroom

What apprenticeships are available?

Professional Support:

Engineering and Technical:

UKAEA offer a wide range of apprenticeships, these are typically advertised at the start of the year.

Please keep an eye on our vacancies page if you are interested in applying.

Frequently Asked Questions about apprenticeships at UKAEA

Fusion is the process that takes place in stars and provides power that drives the whole of the universe. Light nuclei fuse to form a heavier nucleus, which releases bursts of energy. This could provide us with low-carbon, safe, abundant electricity around the world for thousands of years.

To produce energy from fusion a combination of hydrogen gases are heated to extremely high temperatures. The gas then becomes a plasma. A plasma with millions of these reactions taking place every second can provide a huge amount of energy, using extremely small amounts of fuel to do so.

You will need at least 5 GCSEs A*-C, or 4-9, including Maths and English (and Science for some apprenticeships) in order to enrol on the UKAEA apprenticeship scheme. Maths and English can also be achieved through additional study via the training provider under the apprenticeship scheme prior to End Point Assessment (EPA).

The apprenticeships that we offer are assessed through a mix of coursework, practical assessments and exams or end point assessments. Each qualification is different. For more information please get in touch with us.

Many of our apprentices have gone on to successful careers with UKAEA. Although there’s no guarantee, we will give you advice and guidance on your career options and opportunities with us or other employers.

Most of our facilities, as well as Oxfordshire Advanced Skills, are located at Culham Science Centre near Abingdon. We also have a site in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

For more information, take a look at our locations.

Will Hall, UKAEA Electrical Engineering Apprentice

Case study

Will Hall secures an Electrical Engineering apprenticeship at RACE

Electrical Engineering Apprentice

Will joined UKAEA in September 2021 as an Electrical Engineering Apprentice. After his A-Levels, he decided he wanted to get out into the working world whilst still learning skills and gaining a qualification. In his short time with us, Will has already worked on some fantastic projects!

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