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NDA Cyber Apprenticeship – Scottish Level 6/7 (NRS Dounreay – via Energus)

If you are looking at starting your cyber career, this could be the opportunity for you.  As a Cyber apprentice you are an integral part of a team responsible for maintaining an efficient and accurate Cyber function within a business. If this sounds like the ideal role for you, consider joining Nuclear Restoration Services (NRS) at Dounreay, via Energus, as a Cyber Apprentice.

Who are the NDA and Energus?

Energus manage, on behalf of the NDA and wider nuclear industry, an award-winning apprenticeship programme. With over 10 years’ experience managing Early Careers programmes across the UK, Energus finds talented apprentices for a range of prestigious employers and ensure a continuous pipeline of talent into the nuclear sector. 

The NDA group sustainably, safely and securely decommissions the UK’s earliest nuclear facilities and preparing them for their next use. Our work ranges from reducing hazards at nuclear sites, to delivering a permanent Geological Disposal Facility for radioactive waste and transporting nuclear materials globally. We also have a unique role supporting delivery of the Government’s sustainability aspirations to achieve and investing in social impact programmes to support the communities around our sites.

Your journey

The NDA group put your development and growth first, and we pride ourselves on our commitment to providing a supportive work environment. Whilst you will be employed by Energus, you will work at Dounreay to develop your overall cyber knowledge and capability. You will follow the Cyber Security Risk Analyst pathway. This role is diverse, and varied, and will require you to develop your capabilities as a Cyber professional. This will centre on providing high quality, occasionally confidential, cyber services such as

  • Discovering (through a mix of research and practical exploration) vulnerabilities in a system
  • Analysing and evaluating security threats and hazards to a system or service or processes. 
  • Researching and investigating some common attack techniques and recommend how to defend against them. 
  • Undertaking a security risk assessment for a simple system and propose basic remediation advice.
  • Sourcing and analysing a security case (e.g. a Common Criteria Protection Profile for a security component) and describe what threats, vulnerability or risks are mitigated and identify any residual areas of concern.
  • Developing a simple security case without supervision.

Identifying and following organisational policies and standards for information and cyber security and operate according to service level agreements or employer defined performance targets. 

Qualifications and Skills

  • You’ll have at least grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) GCSE’s/National 5 in Maths and English. An A-Level/Scottish Highers in ICT, or an International Baccalaureate at Level 3 in ICT, or a Level 3 apprenticeship in a similar subject or a BTEC Extended Diploma in IT (180 credits)
  • You must have good verbal and written communication skills along with a high attention to detail and good organisational skills. You should also adapt well to change with a willingness to take full advantage of the opportunities presented by the programme
  • The role requires you to have an active interest in Cyber Security and an understanding of the threat landscape and a good understanding of wider internet protocols with logical and creative thinking skills. You will also have analytical and problem-solving skills, numerical skills. You need the ability to work independently, use initiative and to take responsibility with a thorough and organised approach with attention to detail. You must communicate effectively in a variety of situations and with people at all levels. Strong level of ICT skills including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook is also required.

In return we offer:

  • A starting salary of £17,000 per annum
  • 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays)
  • Access to Energus contributory pension scheme
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Programme
  • Access to Aviva DigiCare+ Workplace

How to Apply

Apply via the Energus Graduate and Apprentice Careers portal the closing date for applications is 3rd June 2024 at 12pm. Interviews/assessments will be taking place 12th June 2024 June 2024.

If you require any assistance during the application stage please email

Apprenticeship standard

This apprenticeship is delivered in line with Apprenticeship Standard (Standard TBC) and will be delivered in conjunction with the training provider, QA. More information about this apprenticeship standard can be found here.