University provides apprenticeships for Nuclear Skills Academy

In September 2022, Rolls-Royce Submarines Ltd opened the doors to a new Nuclear Skills Academy. Two-hundred new apprenticeships from all walks of life joined the academy, embarking on a career in the nuclear industry.  

The Nuclear Skills Academy is the first of its kind and aims to sustain nuclear capability within the UK’s submarines programme by creating a dedicated pipeline of talent at the start of their careers.  

Based in Derby, the Academy is supported by industry and education experts, including the University of Derby, the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, the National College for Nuclear, and Derby City Council. This ensures new apprentices have access to the best courses and mentors throughout their apprenticeship. 

The apprenticeships are spread across four courses: Nuclear Engineering Degree Apprenticeship, Business Degree Apprenticeship, Nuclear Engineering Technician Apprenticeship and Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship. They provide higher education qualifications, while the apprentices receive hands-on practical work experience within the business.  

Each of the courses are accredited through the University of Derby and National College for Nuclear. 

Professor Kathryn Mitchell CBE DL, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Derby, said:  

“Equipping the future workforce with the skills and knowledge required to assure a pipeline of talent into the nuclear industry is crucial; the University is delighted to be playing a key role in this.  

“Derby is a city at the cutting edge of engineering and manufacturing, with an internationally renowned reputation as a centre for industrial innovation. The Academy will further strengthen this and is set to be a game-changer in how we respond, at pace, to the evolving skills needs of the country.”