Level 4 and Level 5 (Higher)

Applications now open

Level 4 or Level 5 apprenticeships are also referred to as Higher Apprenticeships.

  • The starting salary is £20,000 per annum
  • You will be located at Aldermaston near Reading
  • You must be a British National to apply for a role with us
  • Please apply for no more than three roles. We encourage you to take the time to reflect on which apprenticeship you feel matches your aspirations and motivations. We will not accept more than three applications from one individual.
AWE ApprenticeshipsQualification obtained
(on programme)
Criteria age
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Criteria qualification
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Laboratory Technician (Chemistry)Level 5 – Higher18+
Applications are now closed on Laboratory Technician (Chemistry) roles

5 GCSE’s at grade 4/C or above to include Maths and English and BTEC Level 3 Science (or equivalent)
Quality PractitionerLevel 4 – Higher18+Applications are now closed on Quality Practitioner roles
5 GCSE’s at grade 4/C or above to include Maths and English

Laboratory Technician (Chemistry) – Level 5

The Materials and Analytical Sciences function is responsible for the research, testing and analysis of several different materials ranging from warhead components to environmental samples. This work is vital in assuring our mission to safely deliver the warhead is accomplished.

As a Materials and Analytical Science Laboratory Technician Apprentice, you will spend the first few weeks of your apprenticeship within the Skills Academy building your basic knowledge and core skills before joining the Materials and Analytical Sciences team based in our laboratories..

Quality Practitioner – Level 4

The principle of ‘Quality’ is everybody’s responsibility and the Quality function supports the business in achieving best-in-class quality through everything we do – meeting customer and regulatory requirements right first-time and at the same time minimising waste.

Through a series of placements within the Quality function, you will gain experience in the management and review of our processes and procedures and how we apply them. You will help to improve the level of our products and services by building a deep understanding of performance measurements and investigating issues to discover root-cause and prevent repeat problems.

You’ll be involved in many activities including  measurements of weight or dimensions to make sure the requirements are met. In addition to the on-the-job aspects of your training, you will further your knowledge of quality through academic studies working towards a professional qualification. On successful completion of this apprenticeship, you will be eligible for professional registration to the Chartered Quality Institute Practitioner.

Applications now open