National Nuclear Laboratory

Current Vacancies

Business Administration Apprenticeship (Level 3)

Contract type:
Permanent - Full Time
Warrington, Cheshire
Job Category:
Working Arrangements:
Posted on:
16th November 2023
Closing date:
14th December 2023
Job reference:
Salary starting at £20,495


There’s never been a more exciting time to be part of the nuclear sector. New opportunities are being created all the time. At NNL, you’ll be in the ideal place to capitalise on this momentum, face new challenges and develop a long, successful and meaningful career.

We’re an organisation that’s here to experiment and push the limits of what’s possible. So, if you’re keen to excel in your chosen field, this is the place to do it. Because at NNL, anything is possible.

NNL is not like any other business, and our apprenticeships are like no other. Our apprentices are our future, which is why we have a dedicated programme which supports you in your personal development whilst you complete your apprenticeship.

To join the NNL apprenticeship scheme you’ll already have a good academic background and should have attained, or be on track to achieving 5 GCSE’s 9-4 (A-C) including Maths, English & IT. You will be 16 or over by September 2024.

To be eligible for this apprenticeship you must:

  • Not be enrolled on another funded apprenticeship or another funded further education or higher education programme at the time you start your new apprenticeship.
  • Only apply if the Business Administration, Level 3 standard, is unrelated to any qualifications you already hold at the same or higher level. The apprenticeship you are applying for must be unrelated in subject and content from the qualification you already hold.

You will have the right to work in the UK and have the ability to obtain BPSS level security clearance (this includes but is not limited to identity, employment and criminal record checks).

We’re looking for people who can be part of our future. People who want to succeed and have the commitment and motivation to get there. People who ask questions and demand answers, who’ll be open to learning and work hard.

We’re looking for bright, enthusiastic achievers who’ll want to be part of our mission to grow the nuclear industry.

Main Responsibilities

As a Business Apprentice you will be a key member of the Professional Services team. You will spend 6 months working with each of the following departments – Procurement, Commercial, Finance & Bids, ensuring you fully understand the way the NNL Professional Services departments support the business in delivering to our customers and ultimately our mission for nuclear science to benefit society.

The Business Administration Apprenticeship will allow you to obtain an understanding of processes, procedures & reports supporting both internal and external customers across all four departments.

Your duties will include:

  • Learning the fundamentals of how each department operates and supports the business, playing an active part to deliver each departments business objectives.
  • Supporting day to day activities within each department. This will include responsibilities for the accurate processing and support to various financial transactions, contractual arrangements and bid proposal submissions.
  • Active involvement in the end-to-end governance processes for both department and business.
  • Supporting the development of quick, accurate and accessible management information for all key stakeholders with a range of daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports.

This role involves demonstrating strong communication skills (both written and verbal) and adopting a proactive approach to developing and enhancing your own skill set. You should have the ability to show initiative, managing priorities and your own time, problem-solving skills and decision-making.

On this apprenticeship you will be following the Business Administration, Level 3 standard.

To welcome you into the business, your programme will start with a tailored induction. This will give you an understanding of the business, the programme you will follow and what we’ll expect from you during your apprenticeship. Following your induction, you’ll be supported through your apprenticeship journey focusing on personal development. This covers a range of skills from time management to team working. We’ll learn about you together.

We even have a dedicated apprentice advisor who is there to ensure that you are settling into your apprenticeship at NNL, both in the workplace and at college.

As part of the selection process for the apprenticeship programme you should expect to complete online ability assessments. Successful candidates will be invited to attend an assessment centre which will assess technical and behavioural competencies. The assessment centre for this role will be held in April 2024.

If successful you will receive a conditional offer of employment, you will also be required to achieve the appropriate security and medical clearances.

You will start your apprenticeship scheme in September 2024.

About The Company

NNL is an incredible place to work. A place where people do things that have never been done before. A place where people push boundaries to further themselves, the business and society as a whole.

This is a place where personal and professional opportunities are limitless. If you want to change the world, if you want to tackle climate change, if you want to help advance medical science, if you want to help put things in space, if you want to answer the big questions, if you want to work with extraordinary materials, if you want to meet great people, learn new skills, challenge yourself, work flexibly, and build a long successful career with the power to make a real impact… you can do it all here.

NNL has a vision for Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (ED&I) where NNL aims to be an inclusive workplace that attracts diverse talent through transparent and equal policies and procedures. We want you and the diverse mix of people that we employ, customers that we service and stakeholders that we influence to feel valued. We encourage a workplace culture where everyone can thrive with a sense of belonging.

Recruitment Agency Notice

We operate a strict Preferred Supplier List (PSL) for the provision of recruitment services. Only agencies on our PSL may provide CVs and only when the role is released to them by our recruitment team. We will not accept unsolicited CVs from suppliers not currently on our PSL. We explicitly reserve the right to add candidate details from unsolicited CVs from non-PSL agencies into our own candidate database and to pursue/hire such candidate(s) without any obligation, financial or otherwise, to the agency concerned.