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Technical Author apprenticeships

AWE’s Technical Author apprenticeships give you an opportunity like no other. You’ll learn to be a specialist in the written word. And what you write will help us to keep the nation safe and secure.

What is the role of a Technical Author?

Technical Authors are the specialists who write technical publications. It’s a very varied profession. Everything from the manual that comes with your new TV, to the instructions for building a flat-packed bed, to the book on do-it-yourself car repair - all of these are written by Technical Authors.  Put simply, a Technical Author clearly explains the correct ways to perform all kinds of technical tasks safely. It’s a skill that is in demand across a wide range of industries, around the world.  At AWE, the role is unique. Because at AWE, the words you write will ultimately help us to securely build, maintain and service products that keep 65 million people safe.

Our Technical Author apprenticeships also allow you to specialise; whether it's as a Control and Instrumentation, Mechanical or Electrical Technical Author, you will gain the skills you need to succeed. You will learn the following skills plus so much more:

Control and Instrumentation Technical Author- Level, flow and pressure measurement, temperature control, display gauges and recorders

Mechanical Technical Author- Space heating systems maintenance, vacuum pump maintenance, mechanical fabrication

Electrical Technical Author- Bending and threading conduit, learning different types of cable sizes and their purposes, cable calculations

What will you do?

First, you’ll develop all the skills in your chosen field. Then you’ll specialise as a Technical Author.  As a Technical Author, you’ll use all the knowledge and experience you’ve gained in your chosen field to produce written words for a wide range of different audiences. Your work might be read by tomorrow’s apprentices, your colleagues, or a select group of the nation’s top scientists and engineers.

It will be your role to:

  • Understand all kinds of technology
  • Find out what your audience needs to understand
  • Check your own understanding with technical experts
  • Produce clear, concise, well-structured and articulate text

You’ll write accurately and accessibly about all kinds of issues, processes and procedures -  it’s not just about traditional print on paper instructions. Your writing might end up being read aloud by instructors, announced over tannoy, or presented digitally online or on screens. As you develop your skills, you’ll write about things you cannot imagine today.

How will you learn?

Your apprenticeship journey will take four years. During that time, you’ll learn a huge amount. During the first three years, you’ll develop all the knowledge and skills for your chosen field. In the fourth year, you’ll specialise as a Technical Author. You can look forward to world-class teaching at our award-winning Skills Academy, where the curriculum spans everything from maintenance engineering through to desktop publishing. You’ll also attend college, where you’ll achieve a valuable Higher National Diploma. Crucially, you’ll also learn through lots of practical projects and experience. You will enjoy hands-on placements, with real responsibilities, in four different specialist Tech Centres. Along the way, you’ll gain even more unique, specialist knowledge and experience. What’s more, you’ll enjoy opportunities to take part in team building challenges and charity projects.

What are we looking for?

You’ll need to demonstrate: 

  • A practical aptitude for engineering or technology
  • Computer literacy (PC)
  • Excellent team working skills, with the ability to work with all kinds of people
  • Good communication skills, both in person and in writing
  • A good command of grammar and vocabulary, so you can write for different audiences
  • Enthusiasm for this type of work
  • Awareness of health and safety
  • We’ll expect you to have 3 A Levels at at grade C or above, including Maths and English.

Starting salary: £10500