Programme & Project Management Assistant Undergraduate Placement



Undergraduate Placement – Programme & Project Management

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.

What to expect on the programme

AWE is a high performing streamlined business, delivering extraordinary products. Our Programme and Project Management Function supports this, by ensuring the flawless execution of projects (human resource, IT, construction, science and product manufacture), safely, securely, to budget, to the correct quality and on time. By joining us as an Undergraduate Student, you will not only gain knowledge and experience on the content and application of industry best practice project management principles but will also make a direct and visible contribution to the successful manufacture and delivery of our product and developing estate.

Interested candidates will most likely be studying a STEM, project management or business management degree (or module). The placement will add to this, through a structured learning experience of both task-based learning and scheduled, often external training opportunities. Given the specialist nature of our collective task, there is little doubt that the experience and network you will build on and develop add to your personal and career development.

Exact taskings will depend on the projects available at the time. Previous undergraduate students have been assigned independent low complexity projects and work packages within a larger projects. In all cases, year in industry students have been, and will be supported and mentored by experienced project personnel, well versed in AWE processes.

What behaviors you’ll have

You will possess the following traits and qualities:

  • Growth Mindset; You’re full of grit and determination. Clear where you are going and how you will get there.
  • Curious; you’re a person who loves to think outside the box. (You’re a person who loves to take the box apart!).
  • Innovative; you’re open to learning about new technologies and ground-breaking ideas.
  • Resilience; you’re an advocate of ‘speaking up’ for yourself and others openly and constructively.
  • Team Worker; you’re dependable and reliable. You’re interested in collaborating with and supporting others.


You will be based at Aldermaston, nr. Reading.

What you’ll get

  • We offer all undergraduate students a salary of £18,000
  • A market leading contributory pension scheme
  • Generous holiday entitlement
  • Excellent work/life balance
  • 9-day working fortnight. This means you get every other Friday off work.

Alongside these benefits you will get the opportunity to learn from some of the top leaders in their field.

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.

AWE is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

You must be able to Join AWE in August 2022. We recruit on a rolling basis which means as soon as our positions have been filled, we will close.

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