An insight into Apprenticeships with AWE

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As a company with a long tradition of running a successful apprenticeship scheme, AWE (Atomic Weapons Establishment) apprentices are one of the most integral parts of the organisation.

AWE has been running one of the country’s most successful apprenticeship schemes for over 60 years. Currently, 11% of its workforce is made up of former apprentices, many of whom have enjoyed long and rewarding careers at the company

AWE has an extensive apprenticeship scheme that will recruit 45 new apprentices this year.

Previous recruits have gained a multitude of skills thanks to hands on industry experience Picture 3 - Precision Machinist Apprentice_Daniel Hornblow_2015
alongside training and achieving qualifications.

Dani Smithers attended The Hurst School where her interest in engineering grew and decided to get involved with the apprenticeship scheme at AWE after hearing about their impressive record of supporting women in the industry.

AWE increased the number of young women in their apprenticeship scheme from 5% to 15% in 2014.

AWE ensures that apprentices are challenged and given responsibility for their own work. They learn in a practical environment, learning on the job skills and are contributing to the success of AWE throughout their time with the company.

Dani said, “I’m loving my apprenticeship – it is much better than I ever expected and I’m so glad I chose this route. The responsibility I am given and the sense of pride I get from working here is great.”

Matt Grimston, another AWE apprentice, had always been interested in electronics and worked hard to do well in his interview of AWE. He feels that he is working in a positive environment with lots of support and endless learning opportunities to learn new skills and be challenged.

“I feel that working for AWE is really setting me up for a great career.” Matt says, “I would definitely recommend the apprenticeship route. You get real-life hands-on work experience, formal qualifications and get paid at the same time. It really has been the best decision for my career.”

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