The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) manages the UK fusion programme at Culham’s Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE). To maintain the engineering skills required UKAEA run a four year advanced apprenticeship training scheme, and places are available now.
The training takes place at the Oxford Advanced Skills Academy (OAS) and at Culham itself, home to the flagship of UK fusion research, Mega-Ampere Spherical Tokamak (MAST), and the Joint European Torus (JET). Once on site the apprentice will have the change to visit 10 different departments, spending three months in each area, learning about the different types of work that contribute towards achieving fusion, whilst picking up valuable new skills .
On successful completion of the four year advanced apprenticeship, the apprentice will be presented with his/her Indentures, EAL Extended Diploma in Engineering Level 3, NVQ Level 3, HNC and Certificate of Advanced Apprenticeship.
The course also offers the chance to earn a salary and develop real world skills in the workplace. You can apply online at this link.
Businesses have told us that they are struggling to attract and retain skilled staff, particularly young people and graduates. On the SO Business Apprenticeships page we will be providing advice and information for those looking to hire an apprentice, or for those interested in becoming an apprentice.