National Nuclear Laboratory


Are you looking for an exciting, challenging career where your work can change the world?

We recruit curious minds to help tackle global challenges in one of the world’s fastest evolving industries.

Our apprenticeship scheme is perfect for those who have a background or interest in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and business administration. All apprentices are employed on permanent contracts, and receive a wealth of benefits, outstanding training, and rewards.

Our 2024 apprenticeship applications are now closed.

Why choose an apprenticeship?

If you’re considering a career in nuclear and are keen to start your journey, there’s nothing like an apprenticeship to give you the big picture and a great launchpad. Unlike university, apprenticeships are the perfect way to immerse yourself in the industry, gain hands-on experience and real, paid work experience. And they will set you up with the skills you need to carve out a fantastic career. No matter who you are or what your background is, apprenticeships will equip you with highly sought-after skills, practical experience and technical learning that will give you everything you need for a successful future career.

Why is NNL right for me?

With unique facilities at your disposal, NNL is the perfect place to hone your skills on incredible projects spanning our four main areas of focus:

  • Clean Energy
  • Environmental Restoration
  • Health and Nuclear Medicine
  • Security and Non-Proliferation

As the UK’s national laboratory for nuclear fission, we’re taking on some big challenges of critical national importance – from achieving deep decarbonisation, to delivering lifesaving healthcare. And we’re inviting you to be part of it. You’ll have the opportunity to work on amazing projects and learn from world-class experts who are leaders in their field. Plus, we’ll help you fulfil your potential by challenging, stretching, and supporting you every step of the way.

Key benefits

Our structured training and development programmes are typically two years in duration and designed to give you all the skills, training and hands-on experience you need, to put you on a path to success. As an NNL apprentice, you’ll be employed on a permanent contract with a competitive salary and variety of benefits. Most importantly, you’ll spend time with an appropriate, accredited training provider at college, on day release with a training provider or at our onsite training facility, to develop your technical skills, while also working alongside our team of experts. They will help you to put theory into practise and support you throughout your apprenticeship programme.

At the end of your Apprenticeship, subject to you achieving and passing your apprenticeship assessments, you will seamlessly transition into your permanent role, with a combination of support from our experienced Early Careers team.

If your application for our 2024 programme is successful, you’ll start in early September 2024 on a salary over £20,400. We also offer a great package of additional employment benefits including:

  • Pension
  • Company bonus scheme
  • Support toward professional institute membership
  • Cycle to work scheme

Over £20,400 starting salary