Nuclear operative apprenticeship

Responsible for the operation of plant systems and equipment in nuclear facilities

During the nuclear operative apprenticeship, you’ll work within a variety of environments within nuclear facilities, either operational work or decommissioning work (a process of removing all radioactive, non-radioactive and contaminated plant and equipment), necessitating the use of innovative methods and equipment, where required, and the practical skills associated with this. The working conditions are varied and may involve wearing specialist safety equipment, and working on sites running 365 days per year. You’ll be required to work individually and as part of a team, meeting required standards and adhering to strict controls and procedures. Nuclear sites are highly regulated and a premium is placed on demonstrating an understanding of nuclear, radiological and conventional safety, together with the appropriate attitudes and behaviours to ensure you comply with organisational safety and regulatory requirements at all times.


Duration: 24 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements for the nuclear operative apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience, particularly where technical skills are demonstrated

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs

Potential salary upon completion: £29,000 per annum

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