Control and Instrumentation (Specialist) Technical Author Apprenticeship

  • Employer AWE
  • Job type Advanced Apprenticeships
  • Salary Starting Salary of £11,000
  • Deadline Ongoing
  • Entry requirements A-levels (or equivalent)
  • Locations Aldermaston
  • Qualifications gained N/A
  • Date published 11/10/2021

Do you want to be part of something extraordinary? Something that not only gives you the opportunity to develop and grow your career, but offers excitement, challenge and intrigue at the same time making a difference to keeping our country, and everyone in it, safe?

That’s what the proud people of AWE have been doing for more than 70 years.

Our role in nuclear defence and what we do to support the UK’s nuclear deterrent, is vital in defending our country from the most extreme threats and to keeping the peace. From developing the warheads for the nuclear deterrent, to providing counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction solutions, the work we do is of global importance.

Working together with a team of remarkable people who achieve extraordinary things everyday, you too could be a part of something that makes a difference. How? The answer is AWE.

The role:

Technical Authors are the specialists who generate written instructions on how to perform all kinds of technical tasks in a safe controlled way.  It’s a skill that is in demand across a wide range of industries ranging from car assembly, aircraft maintenance to telecommunications.  At AWE the role of Technical Author involves producing documentation that explains how to safely build, support and service the UK’s nuclear deterrent. 

To enable you to understand the technology you will be writing about, you will spend three years studying Control and Instrumentation.  C&I is one of only two 'critical trades' at AWE and is vital to the success of our mission.  Put simply, C&I engineers enable a wide range of different automated processes to run. 

As an apprentice you will initially be based within the onsite training facility where you will develop a basic knowledge of C&I and learn the associated skills.  You will further your knowledge through academic studies on day release at college.  Thereafter you will progress to the manufacturing aspect of your training where you will start to apply these core skills in a live working environment.  This will include servicing, repairing and installing various systems to support our facilities: temperature control, flow and pressure measurement, display gauges and recorders.  Only after you complete three years studying C&I and become a qualified maintenance engineer will you start to look at Technical Authoring.

Your first out-turn year will be spent learning Desk Top Publishing, Technical Authorship and applying your C&I knowledge to written work instructions.  You will go on placements around the business learning communication techniques and gain a Diploma in Technical Authorship as you work towards a career in Technical Publications.

At the end of your apprenticeship and first year in the workplace you will be able to:

  • Understand the technology
  • Collaborate with subject matter experts to clarify technical issues
  • Gather and understand the information needs of the user
  • Organise and articulate information in a clear and concise written instruction for issue to users undertaking technical tasks

Technical Authoring may appeal to you if you enjoy:

  • Understanding how systems/machinery/assemblies work
  • Observing and writing
  • Problem solving activities
  • Computer related activities
  • Applying engineering principles into real life scenarios

You will be based at Aldermaston near Reading.

Entry requirements:

  • Two A Levels at grade C or above. One subject in English or Mathematics (or equivalent)
  • A practical aptitude for engineering or technology
  • PC literate
  • Great communication skills both written and in person
  • Good command of grammar and vocabulary
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Health and safety aware
  • Effective at following instructions
  • Ability to concentrate for long periods
  • Passion for your chosen profession

Duration of training:

4 years (3 year apprenticeship + 1 year authorship training)

What we offer:

  • We offer our apprentices a starting salary of £11,000
  • A market leading contributory pension scheme
  • Generous holiday entitlement and excellent work/life balance including a 9-day working fortnight. This means that every other Friday you won’t be required to work

Alongside these benefits you will get the opportunity to learn from some of the top leaders in their field whilst helping us to continue to deliver national nuclear security, threat reduction and counter-terrorism solutions.

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role.

You must be able to Join AWE in September 2022. We recruit on a rolling basis which means as soon as our positions have been filled, we close our applications.  We look forward to hearing from you.

NOTE: If you currently hold a Level 3 Diploma in Engineering or similar, you should consider applying for a Degree level apprenticeship.

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