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Post Degree Digital Engineering Solutions Apprenticeship MSc

UK Atomic Energy Authority
Closing date
23 May 2022

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Technology & New Media
Contract Type
Full Time
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Company Description

By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in joining an organisation where your work will contribute and help to shape the future of the world's energy? If so, an apprenticeship within the UKAEA Apprenticeship Scheme provides a perfect gateway into a future career in this industry.

Fusion, the process that powers the Sun and Stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs. UKAEA are at the forefront of realising energy from fusion, working with industry and research partners to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow's fusion power stations with the aim of bringing fusion electricity to the grid.

As we work towards our mission and goals, UKAEA has devised values that capture the spirit of how we work. These values include being: Innovative, Committed, Trusted and Collaborative.

Job Description

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who has recently completed a degree in an appropriate discipline and wishes to advance their understanding of Digital Engineering.

To create the products that will deliver the Net Zero era, there is no time for test-based design. The engineering that will deliver fusion energy must be carried out "in silico", using emerging techniques in data science (AI & ML) and exploiting the world's largest supercomputers.

We are looking for the future engineers to develop these techniques and tools. In addition to working at the cutting edge of fusion technology, this role includes enrolment on a part time MSc in Digital Technology Solutions.

This course is novel as it brings together technical and management skills in the digital theme. Our differentiator will be to take a systems perspective to design and develop digital technologies and solutions across manufacturing-based industries. The unique selling point of the course is to move beyond raising awareness of digital technologies and processes, in to developing individuals to have the required capability and understanding to develop suitable solutions to key industrial problems.

For those who recognise the potential for a long and successful career utilizing digital technologies and solutions across the different phases of the life cycle for complex engineered assets. This course addresses the need for highly trained professionals that rely on digital technologies and solutions required to transform operations into a world-class business in all sectors of manufacturing and is suitable for:

  • Experienced professionals who are seeking or are required to take on senior leadership roles within manufacturing or related organisations.
  • Early and mid-career professionals who want a "real-world" education that they can apply directly to their workplace.
  • Second career professional seeking a change into manufacturing or digitally driven organisation.
The Digital and Technology Solutions Apprenticeship will enable you to develop your knowledge, skills and abilities while applying what you learn directly in your workplace. The programme will support your career progression, preparing you to successfully carry out senior leadership roles in the future.

Apart from developing your technical skills, the course will support you to:

  • Develop digital engineering skills to make operational and strategic improvements in enterprises and projects,
  • Apply digital technologies and solutions to address challenges and introduce innovation,
  • Discover and develop your leadership and team-working style,
  • Develop and lead change and prepare the business to face future digital transformation.
Our Career services team offer: individual career consultations, speaker events, alumni networking, networking workshop, personal and executive career coaching, leadership assessment centre, and more practical skills-based workshops on writing CVs and cover letters and interview skills.

What opportunities does the apprenticeship scheme cover?

The apprenticeship will give you the opportunity to embed yourself within one of our organisational departments. This department will be your 'Home' department and your Line Manager will be identified to you from Day one and will be your steering guidance throughout your apprenticeship.

You will be integrated into exciting and necessary project work, the outcome of which will directly benefit the organisations' key targets. There will also be planned opportunities for developmental rotation around other departments to give a broader range of understanding and also to grow your networking capabilities. These projects and other varied experience opportunities will start to build your confidence and natural ability within your chosen field of interest.

As well as the above, you will attend one of our preferred suppliers for a degree qualification, which is Cranfield University.

Gives you the unique opportunity of 'Learning whilst Earning'.


• Degree in Engineering, Physics or technical subject or equivalent knowledge and experience

• Experience of developing software used by others in an academic and/or professional environment

• Demonstrable ability to develop working, understandable software in at least one language used in relevant applications (e.g. C++, Fortran Python, Julia )

• Familiarity with good development practices throughout the software development lifecycle such as version control and testing

• Appetite and ability to learn and apply new technologies

• Ability to communicate effectively and collaborate well on projects

Additional Information

What is the recruitment process?

All applications will be initially reviewed by our Early Careers Team and there will be a requirement to complete online testing that will help to support your application.

Once this has been reviewed, successful applications will be invited to a more in depth virtual interview where you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your abilities and aptitude in a range of different situations. You may be required to attend a final in person meet and greet session to support decision making around the role and for you to have the opportunity to see where you may be working!

What we offer

  • A starting salary of £29,000 plus benefits
  • Dedicated support to help to develop your career and experience
  • Encouragement and support to achieve your qualification
  • A culture committed to being fully inclusive, supported by a Being Inclusive Strategy and Inclusion Ambassadors
  • An Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, with a full calendar of health and wellbeing initiatives
  • Dedicated Early Careers events and team building opportunities
  • Being part of the Apprentice and Early Careers community at UKAEA
  • Flexible working options including family friendly policies
  • 30.5 days annual leave increased with length of service (including privilege days and 3 days between Christmas and New Year) plus bank holidays
  • Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme
  • Annual corporate bonus scheme (after qualification period)
We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities, (visible and hidden) and women. The Executive team with support from our EDI 'Equality, Diversity and Inclusion' (EDI) partner and Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success. We are easily accessible by car and are a 10-minute walk from Culham Railway Station in Oxfordshire, and buses are available from Abingdon town centre.

Our 2022 Software Engineering Degree opportunity will be open until Thursday 28th of April, however, please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received, so please apply early to avoid disappointment.

Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance - The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) or will confirm that there are no such convictions.

Offers of employment are made provisionally pending successful examination results being achieved, and/or proven and suitable references

Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance - The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) or will confirm that there are no such convictions.
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