National Nuclear Laboratory

Craft Electrical

Craft Electricians maintain and repair a diverse range of electrical equipment that is essential to the safety and efficiency of all areas of our sites.

Highly skilled with a logical and methodical approach to their work, electricians work with electrical equipment and supplies on a wide range of engineering machinery and equipment. Perfect colour vision is essential for the intricate work involved.

What will my apprenticeship involve?

As part of your apprenticeship you will follow an apprenticeship standard. Apprenticeship standards show what you will be doing as part of your apprenticeship and the skills required as part of that job role. For our Craft Electrical Apprenticeship you will follow the Maintenance & Operations Engineering Technician Standard at Level 3. More information about the standard and how you will be assessed at the end of your apprenticeship can be found at:

For the first year of the Craft Electrical Apprenticeship you will spend your time at the onsite training facility which will teach you all of the key engineering skills you will require as part of your apprenticeship. You will learn about:

  • Health and safety
  • Electrical installation
  • Maintenance
  • Soldering
  • Fault-finding
  • Electronics
  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical safety
  • Safe use of tools
  • Engineering Drawings

Following your first year at the training school you will then join the NNL Craft team at one of our facilities and attend College on a day release basis.

What will I be involved in on a day-to-day basis?

Your working day will incorporate:

  • Controlling and maintaining instrumentation equipment
  • Measuring and regulating process variables accurately, such as the flow rate of liquids or gases, temperature or pressure
  • Installing a range of electrical projects from domestic home circuits to sophisticated, highly complex machinery and equipment in major processing plants and factories
  • Maintaining and testing electrical and instrumentation equipment, systems and appliances
  • Diagnosing and fault-finding problems with electrical equipment

What qualifications will I obtain as part of the apprenticeship?

You will receive qualifications listed as part of the Level 3 Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician apprenticeship standard.

What locations is this apprenticeship available at?

We offer our Craft Electrical Apprenticeship at our Preston and Sellafield facilities.

What qualifications do I need to apply for the apprenticeship?

You’ll already have a good academic background when you apply for an apprenticeship with us. You should have attained or be on track to achieving 5 GCSE’s A-C (New Grading 9-4) including Maths & English.  We’re looking for bright, enthusiastic achievers who’ll want to be part of our mission to grow the nuclear industry. Applicants must be 16 or over.

What will I be paid as part of my apprenticeship?

We offer a competitive salary for all of our apprentices and all of our apprentices receive an annual increase for each year of their apprenticeship.