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Engineering Apprenticeships 2017

 (mechanical, electrical, instrumentation & design)

Starting Salary: £11,463 in Year 1 rising to £16,700 in Year 4

Closing date for applications: Thursday 23 February 2017

Start Date: 4 September 2017

Dounreay is working at the forefront of nuclear decommissioning, waste management and environmental restoration.

Be part of it:

This programme provides unique and challenging opportunities. The people we train today will have the opportunity to be involved in some of the most exciting technical projects in the world and to develop skills which will be increasingly needed both at Dounreay and in other areas of industry. 

The position:

The apprenticeship is a comprehensive training programme lasting up to four years. It starts with a year of Engineering Foundation training at ETEC, North Highland College UHI, Thurso followed by up to three years of training and work experience at Dounreay and other locations, with day release for academic studies.  The programme leads to an SVQ Level 3 in an engineering discipline and requires you to gain a Higher National Certificate in engineering Systems. 

The training & qualifications you will gain are highly valued in modern industry; employment with DSRL on completion of the programme is dependent on Dounreay site requirements at the time and your performance.


You should:

  • Have achieved (or expect to achieve) a minimum of National 5 (Grades A-C) or Standard Grade (Credit Level) in maths, physics or engineering science and a technical subject
  • For electrical and instrument technicians there is a requirement to pass a colour vision assessment
  • Live within daily travelling distance of Dounreay
  • Be eligible to leave school in Summer 2017 


Apprentice Application forms can be downloaded from here or a paper copy can be received by calling 01847 890917/01847 890920.

If you are interested in applying for a position, a completed application form along with a covering letter should be returned to:

Applications to: HR Department, DSRL, Human Resource Department, Traill House, 7 Olrig Street, Thurso, Caithness KW14 7BJ or by email to:

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