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Knowledge exchange - Engineering apprentices swap sites

Engineering apprentices from Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) and Daresbury Laboratory have come together to share skills and knowledge from different projects.

The work designated to apprentices varies depending where they are based. A residential trip to sister sites has been an opportunity for our apprentices to gain a greater understanding of the wide array of work which STFC is involved in, to ask questions of the experts working on them, and to get invaluable experience of working on different projects.

Daresbury Laboratory is renowned for designing, building and testing accelerators and detectors, so the seven third-year apprentices who visited from RAL were able to get hands-on with the wide range of international and internal projects that their counterparts work on daily. This ranges from readying components for the European Spallation Source (ESS), working on phase two module assembly for CLARA, our in-house compact linear accelerator, and overseeing installation works on the infrastructure for AVO (Advanced Oncotherapy).

When it was the turn of RAL to host, they gave the Daresbury apprentices tours of ISIS Neutron and Muon Source and the vacuum chambers and vibration table at RAL Space, before getting to work on various projects. The facilities on the two sites are very different, and provided a whole host of new experiences for all those involved.

STFC recruits apprentices across a range of specialisms – from engineering to computing, business admin and ICT. There are currently 100 apprentices within STFC. The engineering apprentices spend their first year with a training provider, learning the fundamentals of engineering and the theories behind the work. After that, there are three years on-the-job learning when apprentices get involved with exciting big science, while taking day release for continues academic studies.

To date, over 70% of those who have completed their apprenticeships with us have secured full time positions here.

Find out more about our apprentice training scheme here.

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Last updated: 05 April 2019


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