Explosives Technician Apprenticeship

  • Employer AWE
  • Job type Advanced Apprenticeships
  • Salary Starting salary of £11,000
  • Deadline Ongoing
  • Entry requirements GCSEs
  • 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:

Explosives are at the heart of AWEs mission. As an Explosives Technician you will ultimately be working for the heart of the company on either researching, manufacturing or testing explosives. During the first part of your training you will learn the basics of explosive materials and what being an explosives worker means. Initial training will be closely based around working in laboratories and workshop including the equipment or apparatus for measuring explosive performance. This may include some mechanical and electronic skills. 

You will attend a variety of classes or lectures which will provide you with the knowledge and understanding of the tools and techniques that you will be using. This will also give you more information about the materials and processes that you may be following throughout your career in explosives. This may lead to further development as an Ordnance Munitions and Explosives (OME) Specialist.

Apprentices work in a variety of areas across the company including:

  • Hydrodynamic science
  • Explosive trials and tests
  • Explosive materials science and initiation systems
  • Explosive powder production
  • Detonator production
  • Charge manufacture

In the second part of your training, you will undertake work in a series of explosives areas at AWE. These are designed to prepare and expose you to a full spectrum of the facilities and operations that you will undertake within the organisation. Once on site, you will work with explosives scientists, technicians and engineers to have the opportunity to complete more advanced explosives tasks, involving more complex experiments/operations.


You will be based in Aldermaston, near Reading

About you

  • A practical aptitude for engineering or technology
  • PC literate
  • Good communication skills
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Health and safety aware
  • Effective at following instructions
  • Ability to concentrate for long periods
  • Passion for your chosen profession
  • Level 3 entry requirements:
  • Preferably GCSE in Math and English at Grade 4 or above (or equivalent)

Duration of training:

3 - 4 Years (varies depending on personal performance)

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 and be willing and able to work in designated areas – if applicable.

We recruit on a rolling basis which means as soon as our positions have been filled, we close our applications. Successful candidates must be available to start on the Apprenticeship Programme in September 2022.

NOTE: If you currently hold a Level 3 Diploma in Engineering or similar, you should consider applying for a HNC (Level 4) or Degree (Level 6) apprenticeship in OME.

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