(Physics) Laboratory Technician 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. We 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 Physics Laboratory Technician Apprentice, you will spend the first few weeks of your apprenticeship within AWE’s Skills Academy; before moving out into placements within the business. Experimental Physics at AWE involves the study of unusual materials in extreme conditions. Placements range from working with high power lasers to diagnosing high explosives.

During the time in placements you will undertake and complete various laboratory-based projects which will enable you to develop a complete set of skills and knowledge required to work successfully at AWE.

During your apprenticeship journey, you will learn the following skills:
• Preparing and setting up optical equipment
• Assembly and metrology of complex physics experiments
• Operating diagnostic equipment
• Use of specialist laboratory equipment
• Checking and reporting of results
• Laboratory safety
• Handling of hazardous substances- awareness of radioactive and explosive materials
• Quality and its application in a laboratory environment
• Customer service skills
• Must be age 18 or above as of 31th August 2024 for Security Clearance requirements for the role.

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:
They 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 them 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!