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Apprentice Mechanical Design Level 5


Leicester, GB, LE3 1UF

Company:  Cavendish Nuclear
Onsite or Hybrid: 


Job Title:         Mechanical Engineer Apprentice 
Location:         Cumbria UK
Compensation:         £17710 + benefits 
Role Type:         Full time / Fixed term
Role ID:         47136


Work for the world you want to live in.


Wouldn’t you want to live in a world where people, populations and the planet thrive? Where technology protects rather than threatens. Where societies feel safe and secure. Where cities and continents feel part of one global community. 

We’re an international nuclear services, aerospace, defence and security company, with sites all-round the UK, that do loads of exciting and important things to make the world safer and more secure. We defend nations, save lives and protect communities around the globe.


Cavendish Nuclear 
We are Cavendish Nuclear, a wholly owned subsidiary of Babcock International Group and the UK’s leading nuclear services company. 
With a highly skilled workforce we are located at offices and sites in the UK as well as internationally. Our people innovate to make nuclear safer, faster, at lower cost and deliver across all aspects of the nuclear energy life cycle, from design and build, through operations and maintenance, to decommissioning, waste management and remediation.


A career with us is hugely rewarding and exciting; one that stretches and challenges individuals to be the best they can be. When you join Cavendish Nuclear, you will have opportunities to work on projects that will have an impact on the future.


At Cavendish Nuclear we put people first. Work with us and you’ll discover that our focus on people is unique.


Mechanical Engineer Apprenticeship: 
Typically the type of work that an Engineering Apprentice will be involved in will include a mix of mechanical analysis and design, 3D model and 2D drawing development, site surveying activities, design based documentation and technical reports for customers or specific projects, and support to manufacture and installation. 

•Design – assisting in the development of technical solutions by producing design models, calculations, reports and drawings, surveying of sites, using appropriate analysis and relevant standards
•Modelling and Drawing – assisting in the development of 3D models in Autodesk Inventor and 2D drawings in Autodesk AutoCAD, including dimensioning, tolerancing, fabrication details, etc. 
•Construction and Installation Support – supporting hazard elimination and risk reduction activities, responding to technical queries and non-conformances, operating quality systems and Health, Safety and Risk Management procedures and checking specified technical aspects of site activities. 

The aim of the apprenticeship is to develop an individual as a competent Mechanical Engineer, with the added benefit of obtaining hands on experience in nuclear new build, decommissioning and defence projects.  We would also support the individual in achieving Professional Recognition through the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (I Mech E).

Possible placements: 
The role will require the individual to participate in various areas of practical and theoretical training combined with the Company specific training given in the workplace.

Candidates will gain a solid foundation within a professional design office and have the opportunity to learn from professional and friendly individuals.

Apprentices also attend university to complete a nationally recognised Level 6 qualification.


Qualifications you’ll get: 
Level 5 Mechanical Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Standard


What you’ll need: 
To apply you will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or higher (or equivalent) with English and Mathematics at B/6 or higher and 3 strong A Levels in STEM subjects or equivalent Level 3 qualification e.g. BTEC at Merit or Distinction with a strong mathematical element.

Apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level before taking the end-point assessment.


What you’ll get:
•    Generous benefits including:
•    Very competitive starting salary
•    Fully funded qualifications up to degree level may be available
•    Personal development training and opportunities
•    Pension scheme with employee contributions matched up to 8% of salary
•    25 days holidays plus bank holidays
•    Flexible working (by local arrangement)
•    Discounted shopping and half-price cinema tickets
•    Cycle to work scheme


Babcock International 
Work for the world you want to live in. Work to leave a positive legacy that is felt for generations. Work as one team, one Babcock and create a safe a secure world, together.

For over 130 years, we have helped to defend nations, protect communities and build a better world. To continue, we must adapt, advance and be a sustainable business with a shared goal. Change begins with our people and our shared Principles: be curious; be courageous; own and deliver; think: outcomes; collaborate, and be kind. These values not only guide the way we work but also our efforts to reach net-zero carbon. Yes, our ambitions are big, but together, we can achieve them.


Application Guidance
All applications should be made online. If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please let us know. We’re committed to building an inclusive culture where everyone’s free to thrive.  We are happy to talk about flexible working - please ask about alternative patterns of work at the interview.


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