• 06/11/2023
  • £18,432.00 Increasing to £20,309 in year 2. Higher rates are applied to those aged 21 and over.
  • Apprenticeship - Level 2
  • Sellafield Ltd. Seascale CA20 1PG
Nuclear Operator Apprenticeship 2024 - Job Ref: SP05292

A nuclear operator apprentice will be trained in procedures for dealing with the handling and disposal of radiological and hazardous waste, plant control and monitoring, sampling operations, environmental controls, radioactive discharges, emergencies and other plant systems such as ventilation, steam and cooling water.

What you will do in your working day

  • Monitoring plant conditions, following procedures and responding to alarms via systems and computers
  • Sampling activities and decommissioning redundant equipment with tools
  • You will be following documented instructions for nearly all aspects of work
  • You will typically be working in teams of ten to twelve colleagues from diverse backgrounds. The roles are physically demanding and do require you to wear personal protective equipment and respiratory equipment (such as full PVC suit, gloves and respirators) whilst working in a range of conditions i.e. hot, cold and or in confined spaces

The training you will be getting

First 6 months – Sellafield based apprentices: Training is delivered at our local off-site training facility.

Last 18 months – Start Sellafield Skills Centre on a pre-site ready programme then placed in operating units throughout the business to continue your training and apprenticeship. You will be continually monitored and assessed during your training.

You will obtain the following qualifications:

  • Level 2 ST0291 Nuclear Operative
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Processing Industries Operations Process Operations

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Following successful completion of your apprenticeship, we will look to retain you in a professional full time position at Sellafield Ltd

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working


  • GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade 4) Essential
  • GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade 4) Essential
  • GCSE or equivalent Science or Engineering (Grade 4) Essential

Job Ref: SP05292

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