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National Apprentice Week! 4-8 March 2019

28 February 2019

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) offers a fantastic start to a career, with our highly reputable Apprentice Training Scheme. Our apprentices receive professional training and hands-on learning while working on some of the most exciting research, engineering and computing facilities.

Our apprenticeship vacancies range from engineering, computing, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), business administration, heating and ventilation to carpentry.

As an apprentice, you will be based in one of our world-leading facilities at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in Oxfordshire, Daresbury Laboratory (DL) in Cheshire, and the UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UKATC) in Edinburgh.

We strive to provide the best learning experience for our apprentices - who learn by being part of exciting projects, as well as continuing their academic studies on day release, allowing them to achieve their formal qualification. Once qualified, most apprentices continue to work at STFC, some choose to progress onto degrees as part of their continuing development.

National Apprenticeship Scheme Manager for STFC, Helen Johnson said:

“STFC’s apprenticeship schemes continue to broaden across our campuses and we have plans to increase our intake of trainees. Apprentices contribute to every team they work with and also have a huge impact on our outreach work with local communities.

STFC’s apprenticeship roles offer unique opportunities to work with state-of-the-art technology and actively contribute to some of the most fascinating science experiments of our time.”

Engineering Apprenticeships

Katherine Mordecai, Mechanical Engineering Apprentice, said:

“You are doing something different every day, it’s a really good start to your career”

All of our engineering apprenticeships take place over four years and are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Currently covering mechanical, electronic and electrical engineering.

The first year is spent off site at external training facilities, at Oxfordshire Advanced Skills in Culham for those carrying out an apprenticeship at RAL and North West Training Council in Bootle for DL apprentices.

From year two onwards, training continues at the apprentices chosen laboratory where they rotate around various departments within STFC to gain more specialised skills, working alongside and guided by experienced technicians and engineers.

Applications for Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) advanced engineering apprenticeships were open until 24 March 2019.

Applications for Daresbury Laboratory (DL) advanced engineering apprenticeships were open until 31 March 2019.

These apprenticeships will start in September 2019.

Chris Jenkyn-Watkins, RAL Space Apprentice

“I’m helping out at the forefront of cool technology. I work on a test chamber that is used to recreate the conditions in space.”

Computing Apprenticeships

We will soon be recruiting computing apprentices at RAL and at STFC’s Hartree Centre at DL.

Computing is essential to the big science that STFC supports. We need keen individuals to support us in the development of new software and systems.

Computing apprentices are based in a group with computing professionals in one STFC department. During their apprenticeship, trainees rotate between several departments gaining a range of experiences. These placements complement formal training and are developed to support apprentices as they work towards a BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions Degree.

Applications for our computing apprenticeships will open late spring 2019 for October/November 2019 start.

Other apprenticeships at STFC

We have other exciting apprenticeship roles based at DL and RAL.

Opportunities include ICT, business administration, heating, ventilation and carpentry apprenticeships.

These apprenticeships will be advertised as vacancies arise, please keep an eye on the Top Career, Indeed, National Apprenticeship Service, and the UCAS website, as well as our social media pages.

Follow the #NAW2019 conversation on Twitter. Tag us in your apprentice chat @STFC_Matters.

Our apprentices will be taking over our Instagram account during the week – head over to @bigscience_stfc.


If you have any questions regarding our apprentice scheme, please contact either of the following:

Ria Poliquin, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
+44 (0)1235 445550

Jonathan Aghanian, Daresbury Laboratory
+44 (0)1925 603531

Last updated: 15 April 2019


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