Advanced Engineering Apprentice

Didcot, Oxfordshire
£11,100 per annum (rising incrementally to £17,257 per annum in the fourth year)
16 Jan 2019
16 Feb 2019
Start Date
24 months+

Salary: £11,100 per annum (rising incrementally to £17,257 per annum in the fourth year)
Grade: N
Contract Type: Fixed Term (4 years)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 24th March 2019
Assessment Dates: W/C 1st April 2019
Interview Dates: W/C 29th April 2019  

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) has over 20 years’ experience in providing Engineering Apprenticeships, the Apprenticeship Scheme provides an excellent training ground to equip individuals with the relevant skills and experience for their chosen careers within the Science and Engineering arena.   An STFC apprentice will undertake 4 years paid supervised training.  The salary is competitive and the Apprenticeship is an ideal start to a career in Engineering.

List of duties/responsibilities Apprentices are employed on a 4 year training placement. The first year is spent training off-site at Oxfordshire Advanced Skills at Culham, where apprentices are taught the basics of machining, welding, electronics and electrical wiring.

During years 2 to 4, apprentices are based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory site undertaking on-the-job training via placements on a rotational basis in the chosen discipline. This provides extensive experience to broaden the apprentices’ knowledge and provide exposure to the full spectrum of working in a sophisticated cutting edge facility. These placements take place within various workshops/departments within the Central Laser Facility (CLF), RAL Space, Technology and ISIS Neutron and Muon Source departments. One day per week is spent continuing with their academic studies on day release at the training facility typically studying towards a diploma.

Electronic Apprentices will have the opportunity to learn about innovative state of the art high speed electronics, from single integrated circuits to huge data acquisition systems.When fully assembled these systems are used in scientific research all over the world.  

Electrical Apprentices are given the opportunity to work within a spectrum of electrical jobs. This can involve work as varied as installing large, high voltage conductor cables to work as small as soldering delicate components under a microscope.   Mechanical Apprentices use novel and technology-enabled processes to contribute to the manufacture of mechanical parts and assemblies. This supports a broad range of engineering requirements on both large and small precise sizes using Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) and conventional machining techniques.  

Contacts and Communication

As an STFC Apprentice you will communicate to staff across STFC at all levels.  You will work as part of a team as well as working on your own. You will also have contact throughout your apprenticeship with college tutors and visitors to the site.  

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.  

Online applications only. Please submit a covering letter and CV ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Please note that failure to address the above criteria or submitted without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered.  

The CV and covering letter should include:
•the discipline for which you have a preference (either Electrical, Electronic or Mechanical Engineering)
•why you are interested in joining the STFC Engineering Apprenticeship scheme
•additional information which may help your application (e.g. participation in Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, involvement in engineering projects etc.)
•the name and address of your current Head Teacher/Course Tutor/Employer
•the full name and address of your parent or guardian (if you are under 18 years old)

The closing date for applications is 24th March 2019.  

The assessment days for this vacancy will be held W/C Monday 1st April at STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Didcot.  

Interviews will be held W/C 29th April 2019 at STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Didcot.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK.   At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:    

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