Go Back

What we do

Discover how we support the defence and security of the UK.

Discover more

Our history

Learn about our proud history and what makes up our DNA.

Learn more

Site safety and security

Read about how our sites are regulated and monitored.

Read more

Connecting communities

Keeping you connected to what is happening at AWE

Read more
Go Back

About us

Learn more about our company and how we support the defence and security of the UK.

Learn more

Orion laser facility

Orion is one of the most powerful lasers and largest laser facilities in the UK.

Discover more

A unique national asset

We have unique nuclear expertise. We have a clear purpose and goals that set our direction.

Learn more

World-class expertise

Find out more about our science, engineering and technology capabilities.

Explore more
Go Back

Working ethically

Learn about how we promote an ethical working environment.

Learn more

Freedom of Information

Find out how to make a Freedom of Information Act request.

Find out more

AWEsome education

Discover how we are supporting future generations.

Discover more

Local Liaison Committee

Find out more about the Local Liaison Committee and how they represent community interests.

Learn more
Go Back

Our regulators

Read about how are sites are regulated and monitored.

Read more

Supply chain

The supply chain is crucial to the delivery of our programme. What does it take to be a supplier.

Learn more

Local Liaison Committee

Find out more about the Local Liaison Committee and how they represent community interests.

Find out more

International partners

We seek to drive better value and efficiencies through collaborative international relationships.

Discover more
Go Back

Working at AWE

Explore what it’s like to be part of our team

Explore more

Before you apply

Things to know before applying for a job.

Find out more

How to apply

Search for a role and apply online.

Learn more

Current vacancies

See if we have the perfect job for you.

Find out more

AWE’S Apprentice Academy marks 60 years

This week, AWE’s award-winning Apprentice Academy is celebrating 60 years of sponsoring and developing the company’s young engineering talent of the future.

During those 60 years, whether in the field of Electrical Maintenance, Electronic/Control & Instrumentation, Precision Machinist and Mechanical Maintenance, over 4,000 young men and women have successfully completed their apprenticeships at AWE.

To mark this occasion, the academy is opening its doors (May 23-25) to apprentices past and present and their families. There will be an exhibition demonstrating the Academy’s history and its role in the future development of young people, as well as an opportunity to take a tour of the Academy and hear from the apprentices themselves.

Each year AWE has over 300 applications with an intake of around 40 young people. Today, over 550 former apprentices (about 10 per cent of the workforce) still work at AWE, many in managerial and supervisory roles.

The newly named Skills Academy, formerly known as the Apprentice School when it first opened in 1952, is now regarded as one of the UK’s leading apprentice academies, receiving numerous accolades and awards.

The Company’s academy was voted Employer of the Year 2009 at the Learning and Skills Council’s South East awards. Other accolades have included the award of Beacon status in 2009 and achievement of ‘outstanding provision’ (Grade 1) by Ofsted in 2008.

Over the years, apprentices have also been recognised individually in both the male and female Apprentice of the Year Award categories for their outstanding abilities and performance.

Final year electronics apprentice Justin Woodley was voted the South East’s top nuclear apprentice by the National Skills Academy for 2009, and this year, apprentices Jude Brunskill and Andrew Boult have been named as winners in the West Berkshire Learner Achievement Awards 2012 in the ‘returning to learning’ and ‘determination’ categories.

AWE’s Head of Facility Services, Sian Butler, said: “At AWE we believe in maximising the potential of everyone who works on our sites. Our award-winning apprentice academy is a great example of this approach with many of those who start their careers here going on to hold senior roles within the business.


“The academy has won well deserved external recognition for its achievements too and we are proud to be associated with this success story which began 60 years ago.”

A National Apprenticeship Service spokesperson, said: “Apprenticeships provide businesses with a significant return on investment by increasing productivity and introducing fresh new talent and innovation. They are also a sound stepping stone for individuals to build successful careers.”

 

 

Notes to Editors

1.     AWE plays a crucial role in national defence by providing and maintaining warheads for Trident, the UK's nuclear deterrent.

2.     AWE is contracted to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) through a Government-owned Contractor Operated (GOCO) arrangement. Whilst our sites and facilities remain in government ownership, their management, day to day operations, and the maintenance of the nuclear stockpile is contracted to a private company AWE Management Limited (AWE ML). AWE ML is a consortium comprising three equal partners: Serco Group plc, the Lockheed Martin Corporation and Jacobs Engineering Group.

3.     For further information contact Media@AWE.co.uk or 01189855888.

 

Back to archive