Physics Laboratory Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship at AWE

Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
Location:
Reading
Salary:
Competitive
Deadline:
17th January 2020
Role May Involve:
Health, Science & Pharmaceuticals

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Physics Laboratory Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship

What if you could work on something that you cannot test, but cannot afford to fail? What if your job wasn’t your ordinary 9-5? 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. Contracted to the MOD, we have a critical mission: to provide the warheads for the UK’s ultimate deterrent – Trident. We also use our unique nuclear 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?

The role:

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

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.

A part of this role will require wearing Health and Safety equipment such as a respirator. Therefore, successful candidates will need to undergo a medical assessment for suitability for the position within the required parameters for the health and safety equipment’s requirements.

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
  • Preferably GCSE in Math and English at Grade 4 or above (or equivalent)
  • Good level of Maths and English
  • Must be age 18 or above as of 1st August for Security Clearance requirements for the role.

Duration of training:

2 Years

Successful candidates must be available to attend a full day assessment Centre in February or March and start on the Programme in August 2020.

What we offer

We offer our apprentices a starting salary of £10,500 as well as 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 us to continue to deliver national nuclear security, threat reduction and counter-terrorism solutions.

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role and be willing and able to work in designated areas – if applicable

AWE is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community which are currently under-represented at AWE, including women, BAME and disabled people.

About AWE

AWE plays a crucial role in the defense of the United Kingdom, by providing and maintaining the warheads for the country’s nuclear deterrent. We are a center of scientific, engineering and technological excellence, with some of the most advanced research, design and production facilities in the world. Our unique expertise also assists the UK Government in developing and delivering a range of innovative and integrated support services, including national nuclear security and counter-terrorism solutions.

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