Employer profile


Updated: October, 2023

About AWE

We have a critical mission: to support the defence and security of the UK.

For more than 70 years, AWE has been continuously keeping our nation safe: supporting the UK Government’s nuclear defence strategy and the Continuous At Sea Deterrent. We also use our nuclear know-how and technical expertise to provide innovative solutions that support the UK’s counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction activities.

We are a team of around 6,500 people – proud to be part of such an important mission and proud of our responsibilities to the Ministry of Defence and our country.

We create and maintain a safe operating culture where safety is front and centre of everything we do. From building state-of-the-art facilities to supporting our Production, Science, Engineering and Technology programmes, our commitment to the environment, safety, and the wellbeing of our people underpins all activities at AWE.

If you want to work in a unique and innovative environment, then AWE is the perfect place for you.

Why join AWE?

Do you want to be part of something extraordinary? Something that not only gives you the opportunity to develop and grow your career, but offers excitement, challenge and intrigue at the same time as making a difference to keeping our country, and everyone in it, safe?

What if you could work on something that you can’t test… but cannot afford to fail? That could have spent years on a submarine, is launched into outer space (where the temperature is below -250c); comes hurtling through the atmosphere, being heated up and shaken and then must work? Some challenge.

What we do is unique and so are the people who work here. We have some of the best in the business and our people are truly our most valued asset. We work to attract, motivate, develop and retain the best talent and equip our people with the right skills for the future.

Opportunities available

We have a range of opportunities available including Advanced, Intermediate and High and Degree Apprenticeships, as well as Graduate programmes in Engineering, Science, Environment, Safety and Health & Quality (ESH&Q) and Corporate and Operations. We also offer a variety of Year Placement opportunities for undergraduates

We offer a range of benefits to our employees, these include:

  • A market leading contributory pension scheme
  • Generous holiday entitlement and excellent work/life balance including a 9-day working fortnight. This means that every other Friday you won’t be required to work!
  • Employee Assistance Programme and Occupational Health Services
  • Access to employee discounts portal – for everyday savings on retail, hospitality and leisure

Alongside these benefits you will get the opportunity to learn from some of the top leaders in their field whilst helping us to continue to deliver national nuclear security, threat reduction and counter-terrorism solutions.

Selection process

Our selection process aims to match people with the right skills to the right roles and allows you to demonstrate your skills in a fair and objective environment.

Step 1 – Apply online
Your journey with us starts by making an application online via our website.

Step 2 – Online Tests
You will then be asked to complete some online tests that are specific to the scheme you are applying for. If you pass the assessment stage, you will then be asked to attend a virtual assessment centre.

Step 3 – Virtual Assessment Centre
The virtual assessment centre will include some interviews and a group exercise, there will also be an opportunity for you to ask some questions and learn a bit more about AWE.

Would you like to learn more about our selection process? Watch our video to find out more

Work sectors

engineering and manufacturing



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