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Scientific Apprenticeship

Job description

Work for the world you want to live in.

Wouldn’t you want to live in a world where people, populations and the planet thrive? Where technology protects rather than threatens. Where societies feel safe and secure. Where cities and continents feel part of one global community.

We’re an international aerospace, defence and security company, with sites all-round the UK, that do loads of exciting and important things to make the world safer and more secure. We defend nations, save lives and protect communities around the globe.

Cavendish Nuclear

We are Cavendish Nuclear, a wholly owned subsidiary of Babcock International Group and the UK’s leading nuclear services company.

With a highly skilled workforce we are located at offices and sites in the UK as well as internationally. Our people innovate to make nuclear safer, faster, at lower cost and deliver across all aspects of the nuclear energy life cycle, from design and build, through operations and maintenance, to decommissioning, waste management and remediation.

A career with us is hugely rewarding and exciting; one that stretches and challenges individuals to be the best they can be. When you join Cavendish Nuclear, you will have opportunities to work on projects that will have an impact on the future.

At Cavendish Nuclear we put people first. Work with us and you’ll discover that our focus on people is unique.

Scientific Apprenticeship

This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to join us to be trained as a science apprentice. The apprenticeship is based at the Greeson Court facility located on Westlakes Science and Technology Park in Cumbria. The role will provide the successful applicant with the skills and knowledge to allow them to conduct a variety of scientific and technical activities within a radio-analytical laboratory environment.

Key responsibilities will require successful candidates to:

  • Assist in the delivery of assigned programmes of work to support the overall delivery of analytical results to time and quality
  • Comply with Environmental Laboratory quality management systems to support accreditation
  • Comply with processes and procedures to enable safe working practices
  • Work as part of an effective team to support and coach each other to provide a consistent and efficient level of service
  • Identify and report issues to maintain and improve operational capability and level of service within area of responsibility
  • Assist with the validation of new and existing techniques and equipment prior to use to comply with quality systems
  • Take responsibility for personal continued professional development
  • Comply with legislation and company policies and procedures to ensure appropriate standards are met
  • Demonstrate an understanding and awareness of efficient operational practices to minimise wastage (financial and material)

Possible placements

Apprentices will work in a variety of labs across the site. The role involves conducting chemical and radiochemical analysis on a wide range of environmental samples: from sample preparation through to measurement and calculation of analytical results.

Apprentices also attend college to complete a nationally recognised Level 5 qualification.

What you’ll need

Candidates must have a minimum of five GCSE’s grade 9-4 (A*- C) including the following subjects:

  • Maths
  • English language
  • Core science subject(s), ideally chemistry

Further education in a core science at level 3 or above is desirable.

Applicants should be aged 18 or older at the beginning of September 2023.

Apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level before taking the end-point assessment.

The apprentice must demonstrate the core requirements below and also demonstrate the specialist requirements in their chosen role.

The ability to gain SC clearance.

What you’ll get

Generous benefits including:

  • Very competitive starting salary
  • Fully funded qualifications up to degree level may be available
  • Personal development training and opportunities
  • Pension scheme with employee contributions matched up to 8% of salary
  • 25 days holidays plus bank holidays
  • Flexible working (by local arrangement)
  • Discounted shopping and half-price cinema tickets
  • Cycle to work scheme


Level 5 Nuclear Scientist Apprenticeship standard

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Contract, dates and working times


How to apply

All applications should be made online. If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please let us know. We’re committed to building an inclusive culture where everyone’s free to thrive. We are happy to talk about flexible working - please ask about alternative patterns of work at the interview.

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Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 27 March 2023

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Closing date:  27 March 2023

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