Programmes Offered: Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3) Apprenticeship - Intermediate Level (Level 2) Degree Apprenticeship / Sponsored Degree (Level 6/7)
Locations: Aldermaston, Reading Burghfield, Reading
Industry: Engineering & Manufacturing Business & Administration Medicine, Science & Pharmaceutical

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About AWE

For 70 years, AWE has supported 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.

What we do is unique and so are the people who work here. We are a team of around 6,000 people – proud to be part of such an important mission and proud of our responsibilities to our customer, the Ministry of Defence, and our shareholders.

We aim to build enduring relationships with our government customers, international partners, suppliers and communities in the locations where we operate.

As well as being named as one of the top ‘Best Big Companies to Work For’ at the Sunday Times Best Companies Awards 2019. We have been listed at 63 in the RateMyApprenticeship top 100 employers list 2020; an award solely based on current apprentice reviews.

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, the management of Environment, Safety, Health and Wellbeing underpins all activities at AWE. It’s at the heart of everything we do.


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.

The success of our business depends on giving our people the support they need to thrive and reach their full potential. We build and maintain a culture of high performance, providing continuous development to help people gain the skills needed to do a great job.

We’re looking for talented and ambitious people to join us in our work at the forefront of nuclear defence engineering, science and technology. Check out our Future Careers page to find out more.

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

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Latest Reviews from AWE

  • Precision Machinist

    Apprentice: I am a Level 4 HNC precision machinist learning the basics of machining precision components as well as team work and organisational skills...

    7.6 /10
  • Mechanical maintenance apprentice

    My role is a mechanical maintenance apprentice. I am currently in my third year and due to graduate in August this year. Being a third year apprentice means we are out on site. We get moved every th...

    9 /10
  • Mechanical Maintenance Apprentice

    I’m a 2nd year apprentice in Mechanical Maintenance. I spend one day a week at college studying Engineering. I then spend the rest of my working week at AWE doing practical jobs, such as stripping an...

    9.6 /10

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