RAL Space Computer Group Apprentice

Didcot, Oxfordshire
£15,769 per annum
06 Sep 2019
22 Sep 2019
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
24 months+

Our Organisation

STFC 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. We have large-scale scientific facilities in the UK and Europe used by thousands of scientists performing thousands of experiments every year. The facilities provide a range of research techniques to help scientists better understand our world and the universe!

Computing is essential to the science that STFC supports. We need a keen individual to support us in the development of new and existing IT services and systems. We are recruiting a Computing Apprentice to work at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in south Oxfordshire. You will be based within the RAL Space Department IT group with computing professionals.

During the apprenticeship scheme you will be exposed to a variety of IT, gaining a broad range of skills and experiences to support you as you work towards a BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions Degree.

Opportunities and Responsibilities:

During your time in this customer-focused role on a busy helpdesk, you will develop expertise in a variety of areas, including:

- Windows and Mac operating systems
- Office suites
- Security best practices
- Networking
- Documentation
- Printing
- IT management tools

You will be supported to undertake paid degree-level training. In addition to this and “on the job” training, you will have the opportunity to subscribe to professional online tutorial sites, attend technical courses, undertake various soft skills training, and take part in our organisation-wide apprentice networking and training events where you will meet and get to know other apprentices, such as our electronics, mechanical and electrical engineering apprentices. You will also be assigned a mentor for the duration of the scheme.

Shortlisting Criteria


You should have:

  • a minimum of two A levels at grade A or above OR three A levels at grade C or above OR a BTEC Level 3 in Computing (or similar subject) or equivalent - please give subjects and results in CV
  • good written communication skills as demonstrated in your CV and cover letter
  • desire to develop personally and professionally - your cover letter should explain why you have applied for this computing apprenticeship scheme and any activities you are involved in to help you develop personally and professionally.


You may have:

  • some knowledge of and enthusiasm for computer programming and/or hardware - your CV and/or cover letter should give example(s) of personal or school projects that involved learning about and using IT and/or a programming language and/or hardware
  • A/AS level (or equivalent) in Computing or other scientific/technical discipline - please give subjects and results in CV.

Interview Criteria

All shortlisting criteria above plus:


You will have:

  • some knowledge of computer hardware and computer systems
  • as a minimum you will be able to describe the basic components of a computer system and be aware of the range of computer operating systems
  • some knowledge of business applications
  • as a minimum you will be able to demonstrate knowledge of Microsoft Office products.


You may have:

  • some experience of computer software
  • you will have installed a computer operating system, applications and drivers.

Personal skills and Qualities


  • excellent communication skills and ability to work in a team
  • you will have a good command of English (verbal and written) to be able to communicate well with other members of staff, and you will understand the importance of working well within a team
  • ability to examine evidence and data in order to understand it and solve problems
  • you will be able to work systematically through straightforward problems, study or examine numerical data in detail, in order to discover more about it and link it to your understanding of computer systems in order to gather evidence and find the cause of problems
  • ability to work independently and manage small projects
  • able to demonstrate the ability to plan and manage your own work and have the ability to pay attention to detail.

Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Closing date is the 22nd September 2019

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