Apprentices

Are you someone who is self-motivated? Do you have a desire to always be learning and improving yourself? Are you looking for an alternative route to college or university where you can earn whilst you learn? If this sounds like you then Cavendish Nuclear is the place to start your career as an apprentice!

At Cavendish Nuclear apprenticeships aren’t just about training for a job. We see our apprentices as the future of our business, passing on all the vital skills and knowledge needed to deliver a quality service to our customers both now and in the future. You will get the opportunity to learn from experts in their field and you will be supported and encouraged to develop new skills and work towards recognised qualifications.

There are a range of apprenticeship opportunities with us:

  • Electrical Manufacturing
  • Mechanical Manufacturing
  • Mechanical CAD Design
  • Electrical CAD Design

You could be based in Leicester, the North West or Bristol depending on which role you are interested in.

As you’d expect, there are minimum entry requirements in order for you to be eligible.  You will need to have or are expected to have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s at Grade C or above including English, Science, and Maths at Grade B or above. You must also be eligible to work in the UK on a permanent basis and satisfy Ministry of Defence security clearance.

Please note this does vary according to business need and available roles will be updated on www.babcockgraduates.com so please check first.

Apprentice Programme Overview

All Cavendish Nuclear apprentices will spend their first year at college on a full time basis, learning the practical skills needed for their role and working towards a nationally recognised qualification. Don’t worry we will have lots of contact with you during that first year and you will be invited into the office during half term breaks and holidays as we know it’s important that you feel part of a team!

Over the next 3 years you will be on day release, attending college one day a week with the remaining 4 days in the workplace applying your learning.

All apprentices are encouraged to gain a broad range of experience during their 4 year apprenticeship and there may be the opportunity to undertake placements away from your home base.

Manufacturing Apprenticeships

We are looking for individuals who are able to demonstrate a genuine interest in hands on engineering and will be able to show their passion through real-life experiences. Perhaps you have worked on engineering/ construction-type projects at school or as a hobby in your own time.

Training and work experience will largely be practical using industrial equipment, tools and machinery in the development, test and manufacturing areas and you will learn to operate machinery in compliance with strict health and safety regulations.

Design Apprenticeships

Ideally you should be able demonstrate your experience through technological/ engineering projects thet you may have undertaken at school or even in your own time. If you have any link to design technology or CAD experience that would be great but it’s not essential.

The type of work you will be involved in will include, assisting in the production of calculations, analyses, drawings, models, design base documentation and technical reports for customers or specific projects.

Apprentice Training and Development

We recognise that your development is key for you to fulfil your potential in the world of work. That’s why our apprentices not only learn technical skills in college and on the job but also participate in the Cavendish Nuclear Apprentice Development Programme

You will take part in the Apprentice Development Programme during your 2nd year with us.  The programme brings together apprentices from across different business areas for a series of training modules. These sessions will take you away from your job for a couple of days every 3 months so that you can really focus on your own development without any distractions.  You will learn how to become more confident in the workplace, more effective and how to build first class communication skills.  The modules include one to one coaching to help both you and us understand your personal career aims. There will also be a chance to get involved in some exciting, outdoor team building activities! 

You will also have the opportunity to start building relationships with some key people, including with your fellow apprentices. The apprentice community will become a very important part of your working life and you are likely to develop friendships that may last a lifetime!

Training and development don’t end once you finish your apprenticeship! At Cavendish Nuclear we believe in the ongoing development of our people and we will provide you with the support you need to further develop yourself and your career. For some apprentices there can be opportunities for further study towards an honours degree or post-graduate qualification.

Working for Us

It is important to us that you feel part of Cavendish Nuclear as soon as you receive that job offer!

Before you even join us you will be assigned a buddy, a mentor and a manager who will be in regular contact with you.  They will remain your contact points throughout your apprenticeship and beyond.

In addition to all this you will also be invited to your home office before you start by our current apprentices who will be able to introduce you to your mentor and manager, give you a tour of the building and their tips on how to make the most of your apprenticeship! This will also be an opportunity to meet any other apprentices joining the same office as you and will help you to start feeling that you belong at Cavendish Nuclear!

We offer a competitive salary with structured pay and progression and a range of company benefits. At Cavendish Nuclear we want to see you at your best which is why ensuring there is a good work-life balance for all of our employees is important to us.  Flexible working arrangements are supported throughout the company.

Application Process

Apprenticeships

Apply online at https://www.babcockinternational.com/Careers/Apprenticeships/Cavendish-Nuclear-Apprenticeships

  1. Online application
  2. Complete an online behavioural questionnaire
  3. Assessment Centre
  4. Interview

We are not trying to catch you out during the application process and will provide you with as many opportunities as possible to ask questions and discover if we are right for you.

Application hints and tips

Online Application

Include all your work experience, education and awards even if you think it might not be relevant! Think carefully about why you want to work for Cavendish Nuclear, your covering letter gives you the perfect opportunity to get this across. Always use spell check and ideally ask someone to read it through before sending.

Assessment Centres and Interviews

Do your research and think about what you as an individual could bring to Cavendish Nuclear. Practice interviews and presenting with friends, family or your school/college careers advisors.  Make sure you do your homework about us and put together a list of those all important questions!