High Performance Computing Apprentice

  • Company: AWE
  • Location: Aldermaston
  • Closing Date: 21-01-2024


What if you could work with remarkable people on extraordinary things? What if the end result was something a little bit special? What if your role was mission critical?

For nearly 70 years, AWE has been at the forefront of nuclear weapons research and development. They have a critical mission: to provide the warheads for the UK’s ultimate deterrent – Trident. AWE also use their unique skills to provide wider UK government with counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction solutions.

It takes a special sort of person to work at AWE. What if that person was you?

As a High Performance Computing (HPC) Apprentice, you will spend the first few weeks of your apprenticeship within AWE’s Skills Academy; before moving out into placements within the business. High Performance Computing at AWE provides the supercomputing hardware and software that enables the modelling and simulation capabilities to support AWE’s scientific and engineering programs.

During your apprenticeship in HPC, you will learn a range of skills, including:
• Linux operating system administration (installation, configuration and management)
• Linux shell scripting (e.g. Bash, Perl, Python)
• Computer hardware (building/repairing)
• Networking
• File system management
• Computer security concepts (OS configuration, data management, firewalls, security patching)
• System monitoring and fault diagnosis
• Customer interaction and problem investigation

In addition, you will also be given the opportunity for personal development through activities such as team building challenges, organisational awareness presentations, health and safety workshops and charity projects.

Entry requirements:
• Excellent team working skills
• Good communication skills
• Awareness of health and safety
• The ability to follow instructions
• The ability to concentrate for long periods
• A real passion for this type of work
• 5 GCSE’s at grade 4/C or above to include Maths and English
• Must be age 18 or above as of 31th August 2024 for Security Clearance requirements for the role.

What AWE offer:
AWE offer apprentices a starting salary of £16,000. This increases annually with second year salary being £20,500. They also offer a market leading contributory pension scheme, generous holiday entitlement and excellent work/life balance including a 9-day working fortnight. Alongside these benefits you will get the opportunity to learn from some of the top leaders in their field whilst helping AWE to continue to deliver national nuclear security, threat reduction and counter-terrorism solutions.

Please note that you must be a British National to apply for a role with AWE.

AWE recruit on a rolling basis which means as soon as their positions have been filled, they close their applications.

Apply now or contact student support if you need assistance with your application, we’re here to help!