Apprentice Spectrum Engineering Officer (Warrington Office)

Craig Costford
Warrington, Cheshire
£16,380 plus benefits
08 Jul 2019
31 Jul 2019
Role Type
Start Date

Team Overview

We use wireless telegraphy every day to communicate over the airwaves, including voice messages, data, remote control, navigation (GPS) or using radar to find the location of objects.

It is the role of Spectrum Assurance to investigate cases of harmful interference and unlicensed radio use and providing advice and assistance to citizens and consumers.


Purpose of the Role

Our new SEO apprenticeship programme offers you a unique opportunity to work in Ofcom, while studying for an Apprenticeship qualification, without paying any fees. At the end of the programme, you will have an apprenticeship qualification as well as two years’ experience working for Ofcom – a great start to your engineering career.

You will combine training with an external provider, on-the-job learning and internal training to enable you to carry out the duties of a Spectrum Engineering Officer after a 2-year period. 

Based in our Baldock office.  Permanent roles following the 2 year period could be UK wide (including Northern Ireland).


Requirements of the Role

  • Attain a minimum of an HNC in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Reach an acceptable theoretical understanding of radio spectrum matters
  • Develop an understanding of legal and case management matters and learn to apply them practically
  • Develop and exhibit behaviours in line with Ofcom standards
  • Embed within operational team and develop practical skills including use of all SEO equipment
  • Develop good governance practices, including H&S
  • Willingness to travel across the UK to develop appropriate skills
  • Pass driving test by end of apprenticeship period

Skills, knowledge and experience

  • Appreciation of, and desire to, promote Ofcom's values of excellence, agility, empowerment and collaboration
  • IT Competent

Qualifications Must meet entry requirements, typically 2 A levels, including maths or physics or STEM subject, grade C or above; or, BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in associated subject. Must also have English Language at GCSE (grade C or above).



  • Plans and prioritises effectively, monitoring quality and productivity. Accepts accountability for delivering excellence in a timely and cost-effective manner. Adheres to and understands corporate governance and processes. Understands how own contribution fits with others.
  • Communicates openly, honestly and with respect. Provides clarity in written and verbal communication, avoiding unnecessary complexity. Influences by making it easy for others to understand and buy-in to rationale. Anticipates objections and responds professionally, listening to the views of others and encouraging two-way conversations.
  • Is insightful, seeking to develop a range of solutions to problems. Uses data and tools effectively to explore the root cause of issues. Seeks opportunities for improvement/generates new ideas to optimise outcomes. Understands how issues fit into the bigger picture.
  • Applies knowledge to achieve objectives. Shares expertise and knowledge with others. Maintains an awareness of organisational development e.g. strategic initiatives. Develops knowledge and expertise beyond own area/specialism e.g. Market trends and sector developments. Explicitly links overarching strategy to all individual and team activities.

Further Information Assessment Centre / Interviews will be held week commencing 26 August

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