Apprenticeships

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.

We have opportunities in Cumbria, Warrington, Leicester and Bristol and at customer sites covering a range of disciplines and careers paths in

Electrical CAD Design

Electrical Controls and Instrumentation

Mechanical CAD Design

Mechanical Manufacturing

Project Controls

Radiation Protection Instrumentation

Science (Environmental Labs)

Welding & Pipefitting

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 4 (C) or above including English, Science, and Maths at Grade 5 (B) or above. You must also be eligible to work in the UK on a permanent basis and satisfy Ministry of Defence security clearance.

According to business need, available roles will be updated so please check these following links regularly:

Babcock International Apprenticeships

Babcock Jobs

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.

Technician Apprenticeships

Candidates interested in applying for the Technician Apprenticeship should ideally be able to demonstrate a genuine interest in hands on engineering and demonstrate their passion through real-life experiences working on engineering/ construction-type projects at school or perhaps as a hobby in their social time.>

For Technician Apprentices training and work experience will largely be practical using industrial equipment, tools and machinery in the development, test and manufacturing areas or undertake installation/maintenance activities. They will learn to operate machinery in compliance with strict health and safety regulations.

During the first year, apprentices will attend college full time in order to gain practical skills as well as basic skills including health and safety and IT. They will be working towards achieving a technical certificate and will also be invited to spend time during the term breaks at their place of work.

In Years 2, 3 and 4 apprentices will attend college one day per week and will spend the remaining 4 days applying their learning in the workplace and getting real hands on experience.

Apprentices will be encouraged to gain a broad range of experience during their 4 year apprenticeship and may undertake placements away from their home base.

Successful applicants will need to have or are expected to have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s at Grade 4 (C) or above including English, Science, and Maths at Grade 5 (B) or above.

Design Apprenticeships

Interested candidates should be able to demonstrate their experience through technological/ engineering projects they have undertaken at home, school or in their social time. We are particularly keen to hear from a diverse range of individuals who have a desire to learn and apply their learning in a professional and friendly office environment.

During the first year, design apprentices will attend college full time receiving practical training as well as the completion of a technical certificate leading to a nationally recognised qualification.

In years 2, 3 and 4 apprentices will attend college one day per week and will spend the remaining 4 days applying their learning in the office whilst being mentored and supported by experienced and knowledgeable professional engineers. There may be opportunities for the apprentices to undertake placements away from their home base.

Successful applicants will need to have or are expected to have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s at Grade 4 (C) or above including English, Science, and Maths at Grade 5 (B) or above.

Radiation Protection Instrumentation (RPI) and Scientific Apprenticeships

At Cavendish Nuclear we have opportunities for RPI and Scientific apprentices at our Environmental Laboratory, at our work stations on the Sellafield Plant and in Berkeley.

RPI and Scientific Apprentices are given hands on training and experience on the job whilst working towards recognised qualifications with the local training provider. They will be working in a highly controlled and regulated environment, where compliance with legislation and health and safety practices are essential.

These schemes will give hands on experience, using various industrial machines, equipment and tools to carry out duties for our customers. This is a team working environment and being a team player is important to get the most from the work experience. Throughout the training period, apprentices will be given a mentor who will be an experienced, professional and friendly individual keen to pass on their experiences and insights.

Apprentices will be encouraged to gain a broad range of experience during their apprenticeship and may undertake placements away from their home base.

All of our apprentices are encouraged to get involved in activities that support the promotion of apprenticeships and working in the Nuclear Industry, attending open day events at schools and colleges as well as mentoring younger generations.

Successful applicants will need to have or are expected to have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s at Grade 4 (C) or above including English, Science, and Maths at Grade 5 (B) or above.

Project Controls Apprenticeships

The Project Controls apprenticeship gives successful candidates comprehensive grounding in the technical disciplines of estimating, planning, scheduling and cost engineering which lead to a role as a Project Controller.

Typically the type of work Project Controls Apprentices will be involved in includes assisting in the production of estimates, plans, schedules and various reports used to track and monitor project delivery across a range of Nuclear Engineering and Decommissioning projects. Training in our best in class project controls systems will also be provided.

The training will include practical and on the job training as well as the completion of a Level 3 qualification in project controls practice which is a nationally recognised qualification.

During year 1 & 2 of the apprenticeship, apprentices will attend college on residential block release with our training provider in Bristol.

Year 3 of the apprenticeship will be spent working full time in the office applying their learning. Apprentices will gain a solid foundation within a professional project environment and have the opportunity to be mentored and supported by experienced and knowledgeable professionals.

Successful applicants will need to have or are expected to have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s at Grade 4 (C) or above including English, Science, and Maths at Grade 5 (B) or above.

Welding & Pipefitting Apprenticeships

We have opportunities for Welding Technician and Construction Pipefitter candidates who can demonstrate a genuine interest in hands on engineering and will be able to demonstrate their passion through real-life experiences working on engineering/ construction-type projects at school or perhaps as a hobby in their social time.

Welding Technician apprentices will have opportunities to work in the field of welding operations, which is the joining together of metal components and assemblies using extreme heat generated by electric or gas welding equipment to melt and fuse the metal. Welders are required to read and interpret welding specifications, establish the correct process to be used, select the correct material and welding equipment, prepare the material for welding and skilfully weld together the components in accordance with strict tolerances and quality standards. They will also become knowledgeable of the testing processes required in order to check that the welding requirement have been met sufficiently. These activities will be supporting operations within the nuclear industry.

Our Construction Pipefitter apprentices  will have opportunities to work in the field of pipe fitting operations, which involves the following areas; to lay out, assemble, install, and maintain pipe systems, pipe supports, and related hydraulic and pneumatic equipment for steam, hot water, heating, cooling, lubricating, sprinkling, and industrial production and processing systems. This has to meet strict tolerances and quality standards. These activities will be supporting operations within the nuclear industry.

As part of a structured apprenticeship programme during Year 1 candidates will attend college full time on a residential basis with our training provider in Birmingham.

Thereafter candidates will be deployed on placements to gain further experience in the processes and techniques whilst being mentored and supported by experienced and knowledgeable professional engineers in the setting of an engineering construction site. On completion of the apprenticeship scheme candidates will be prepared to enter our engineering and construction industry to prove their skills and further develop their career path which includes the possibility to join our construction team working to build the new nuclear power station Hinkley Point C, one of the most complex and exciting opportunities in the UK industry today.

Successful applicants will need to have or are expected to have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s at Grade 4 (C) or above including English, Science, and Maths at Grade 5 (B) or above.

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.

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.

  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.

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!