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Our history

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

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Site safety and security

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Connecting communities

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About us

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Orion laser facility

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

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A unique national asset

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

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World-class expertise

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Working ethically

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Freedom of Information

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AWEsome education

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Local Liaison Committee

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Our regulators

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Supply chain

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

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Local Liaison Committee

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International partners

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

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Working at AWE

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Before you apply

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How to apply

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Current vacancies

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Former apprentices recall working at AWE

Past apprentices from AWE came together recently to remember their first jobs.

AWE has had a thriving apprenticeship scheme for over 60 years, giving career opportunities to generations of scientists and engineers.

The former apprentices meet on an annual basis to reminisce about working at AWE in the 1950’s.

As young men they were some of the first apprentices at the 1950’s Atomic Weapons Research Establishment (AWRE).

Mike Allaston who joined AWREin 1953 as an apprentice engineer said: “The AWE apprenticeship was brilliant, because it was so well organised. They gave me the best training. Thanks to the grounding I received at AWE and with the qualifications and skills that I gained, I travelled the world with my career as a design engineer.”

Former AWE apprentice Keith Gilbert, now a sitting AWE Local Liaison Committee member, said there was a great camaraderie amongst the young boys in the 50’s.

Paul Harvey who joined as a mechanical engineer in 1958 said: “I learnt a lot of practical skills which I ended up applying in the pharmaceutical industry. Being an apprentice at AWE felt like we were in a regiment. We were all very close which is why it’s really lovely meeting up on regular basis to remember our time together at AWE.”

 John Curthoys who joined in 1954 as an electronic apprentice said: “It was just the best apprenticeship out there. It gave me the opportunity to do so much and learn so many different practical skills. My life started at AWE.”

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. AWE press releases are available on our website: www.awe.co.uk. For further information contact Catherine Lynagh on Media@AWE.co.uk 0118 985 6414
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