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Work Experience

What is the STFC?

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe's largest research organisations supporting scientists and engineers and running experiments around the UK and world-wide. Activities carried out cover a wide range of science, engineering and technology, including materials science, engineering and instrumentation, particle physics, space science, accelerator-based technologies, information technology and computer science.

Inspiring young people and the wider public is one of the STFC's main objectives. This is achieved through a focused programme of public engagement, promoting careers in science, engineering and technology to maintain the quality of the UK programme.

Daresbury Laboratory (DL), Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) and UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC) offer work experience placements to Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 students each year, many from local schools and around the country. As far as possible they are placed depending on their interests indicated on the application form.

COVID-19 Update

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our work experience provision. It is essential to us that we deliver an experience which is safe and useful for young people.

STFC Online Work Experience programme 2020-21

The application process for summer 2021 placements is now closed. 
All applicants will receive an email response from us by the 14 May 2021. If you have been successful in gaining a place on one of the virtual project placement weeks, we will send you the necessary forms by email that need completing in order for us to confirm the placement and for you to take part. Some forms will require some input from your school/teacher contact.

For more information on each site, please see below:


If you have any enquiries about the STFC work experience programme, please email us on the email addresses below.

Last updated: 19 March 2021


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