Early Careers Advisor – People/Apprentice support

Overview of Responsibilities

Department description 

As the UKAEA moves from its current state through to the future, it is a priority to expand our activities into areas – both technical and commercial – where we can supply expertise and skills, whilst maintaining our world-class status as a science, engineering and technology R&D organisation and centre of excellence for fusion and the wider research community. This requires the organisation to retain its present skill base as well as build up skills in key growth areas including exploiting the synergies between fusion and fission.

The role of Early Careers in achieving these goals is instrumental as its main responsibilities include managing the talent pipeline for futureproofing of the UKAEA including engaging, attracting, recruiting and retaining the next generation of talent. In addition, Early Careers advisors help bridge the cultural gap between student and professional life.

Who are we looking for?

The role offers a lot of variety in many aspects of talent management. There will be opportunities for somebody to develop coaching skills and also offer well-being support to apprentices.

The key behaviours and competencies required for this role are strong organisation and time management skills, patience and good listening skills. The ability to raise concerns with training providers, managers and other stakeholders. A flexible approach is crucial in being successful in this role.

What will you be responsible for?

  • Support and supervise professional support apprentices through their apprenticeships, including carrying out regular reviews of their progress.  
  • Advise managers on internal assessment with the completion of competency and knowledge portfolios and support apprentices in preparing for gateway and endpoint assessments. 
  • Guide apprentices in their roles, setting the standards for behaviours by monitoring performance. 
  • Build a strong working relationship with key stakeholders including training providers.
  • Work to continually improve the professional support apprentices’ experience and reputation.
  • Work on defined projects to make improvements, this will include growing the early careers outreach and making improvements to our induction programmes

There is an expectation to get involved in outreach activities to increase public interest in science and encourage young people to pursue careers in STEM and particularly in fusion research.

£27,899 to £29,761 + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
People (HR)
Type of Employment

Additional Information

What we offer

Our comprehensive benefits package includes a vibrant culture committed to being fully inclusive, an Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, Flexible working options including family friendly policies, Emergency paid leave, Generous annual leave allowance (30.5 days) increased with length of service, wide range of career development opportunities, outstanding defined benefit pension scheme; Corporate bonus scheme and a Relocation allowance (if eligible).

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities and women. The Executive team with support from our ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) Partner and Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success.

Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 23/12/2022 . We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance – The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions or will confirm that there are no such convictions.

Note for applicants who are applying for employment with UKAEA either from outside the United Kingdom or who have spent time outside the United Kingdom in the last five years. Please visit  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/criminal-records-checks-for-overseas-applicants . If the country you are resident in or have resided in is not listed on this website or that the UK Government is not aware of how to obtain a criminal records check from that state then we are unable to process your application.

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What can I expect from the application process at UKAEA?

Once you have submitted a formal application via our website, all CVs will be reviewed shortly after the closing date of the advert.

  • Submit online application

  • Phone interview

  • Face-to-face or virtual interview

  • Other assessments

Company Description

By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in contributing to shape the future of the world’s energy? If so, read on.

Fusion, the process that powers the sun and stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs. UKAEA are at the forefront of realising energy from fusion, working with industry and research partners to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow's fusion power stations with the aim of bringing fusion electricity to the grid.

As we work towards our mission and goals, UKAEA has devised values that capture the spirit of how we work. These values include being: Innovative, Committed, Trusted and Collaborative.

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