Nuclear working apprenticeship

Nuclear working apprenticeship

The UK’s nuclear industry employs over 50,000 people and provides about 18 per cent of the country’s electricity. Apprenticeships are an important route into the sector.

Nuclear power is an efficient source of energy that helps to cut down on carbon emissions, and the Government has outlined plans to build more nuclear power stations. Once a nuclear power station reaches the end of its working life it must be safely shut down and decommissioned. With the advent of ‘new build’ for a fleet of modern nuclear power stations, as well as existing operations and decommissioning, there are a number of opportunities across the sector.

The industry is supported by a wide variety of supply chain companies, such as engineering and construction contractors, fabricators of specialist equipment, manufacturers and specialist service providers, which may provide further opportunities for employment.

After completing an apprenticeship, you could find yourself working as a skilled operative or technician in a variety of roles within the nuclear industry. As a decommissioning operative, you would be involved in the safe decommissioning of plant and equipment on a licensed nuclear site. A job as a radiation monitor would see you playing a key role in the safe monitoring of personnel and work environments.

Within the industry there are many opportunities to progress to technician, supervisory or management roles. The nuclear industry is expected to expand due to new build projects, and British nuclear industry skills are also highly valued abroad.


Intermediate (Level 2)

Starting salary (once qualified):


Job roles:

Decommissioning operative, Radiation monitor

Issuing Authority:

Cogent –

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