Nuclear power plant operations apprenticeship

Nuclear power plant operations apprenticeship

A well-trained and highly skilled workforce of over 24,000 people is employed in the operation and decommissioning of the UK’s nuclear power stations.

The stations, which compete with other fuel types in the electricity market, are well distributed around the coast of Great Britain. To combat the effects of climate change and ensure a secure energy supply for the future, the Government has set out its view that nuclear power should be part of the UK’s low-carbon energy mix. The aim is to build new nuclear power stations that will be generating electricity from around 2018, and research shows that this new build programme will require about 1000 people to be recruited each year, many at apprentice and graduate level.

The Nuclear Power Plant Operations apprenticeship will provide an entry route into the commercial nuclear power industry to develop the skills needed to become a nuclear power plant operations technician. As an apprentice, you would undertake skills and knowledge training in either the generation pathway or nuclear fuel operations.

As a generation technician, you would help to ensure the safe and reliable operation of a nuclear power plant in accordance with all licences and regulating bodies, and in line with company business strategies and industry practice in the area of power generation. Alternatively, as a fuel technician you would take responsibility for safely and reliably removing fuel from or providing fuel to the reactor. In both positions you would hold one or more emergency scheme roles.

The Advanced Level apprenticeship will take a minimum of 36 months to complete. All apprentices must be prepared to work in a variety of conditions that may include working at heights, shiftwork (including nights and weekends), working outdoors, wearing specialist safety equipment and working within a radiological environment. The apprenticeship is open to anyone aged 16 or over. However, it is important to note that, under the Nuclear Installations Act, entry into radiation controlled areas is normally restricted to those over the age of 18.


Advanced (Level 3)

Starting salary (once qualified):

not available

Job roles:

Nuclear power plant production technician (generation or fuel)

Issuing Authority:

Cogent –