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Gen2 is an example of a training provider that works with employers to offer apprenticeships at all levels.

Image: Sellafield Ltd


Gen2 is based in Cumbria and was established in June 2000 by five international companies from within the engineering, nuclear and advanced manufacturing sectors with major operations in the region: AMEC Foster Wheeler, Sellafield Ltd (pictured above), TSP Engineering, Iggesund Paperboard and Innovia Films. The company is not for profit, and is employer-owned and governed. It currently has eight training and skills centres distributed across Cumbria, including a new head office and training facility opening autumn 2017.

They’re an approved provider for two national skills academies and have developed many higher-level programmes to meet the needs of industry, including a suite of nuclear-related technology foundation degrees. The company currently works with more than 350 national and international clients to develop and deliver a broad range of programmes.

As of July 2016, Gen2 had more than 1,350 apprentices engaged in apprenticeships ranging from entry level study programmes to degree programmes, with clear routes of progression into employment and higher education programmes including HNC, HND and foundation degree through to master’s degree. The company was awarded an Ofsted Outstanding Grade 1 in 2011.

For those interested in physics, Gen2 offers a variety of apprenticeships such as health physics monitor, nuclear operator, project management and scientific advanced. There is also a range of degree programmes in areas such as plant engineering, mechanics, and nuclear plant and process technology. Physics-related employers who work with Gen2 include Sellafield, the National Nuclear Laboratory and Low Level Waste Repository Ltd. Two Gen2 apprentices discuss their experiences in our case studies section.

Apprenticeship applications can be made via the Gen2 website usually from the first week in January. Applicants are invited to sit an aptitude test and one-to-one information, advice and guidance is also available if required. CVs are then sent to local employers seeking to recruit apprentices. Job offers are generally made in July/August for a September start.

Gen2 says that 92.5% of its apprentices progress immediately into full-time employment on completion of their apprenticeship.

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