Digital Communications Apprentice

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Science and Technology Facilities Council
Warrington, Cheshire
£13,988 (Year 1) rising to £16,037 (Year 2)
18 Nov 2020
01 Dec 2020
Role Type
Start Date
18-24 months

Digital Communications Apprentice

£13,988 (Year 1) rising to £16,037 (Year 2)

Fixed Term (18 months)

Full-Time, Monday-Friday 09:00 – 17:00 (flexible)

Closing Date: 1st December 2020

Interview Date: 15th December 2020

We have an exciting opportunity for a Digital Communications Apprentice to join the Science and Business Engagement team at the Hartree Centre.

This will be a fulfilling and rewarding role using marketing and communications skills to engage with businesses, government and the science community. The Digital Communications Apprentice will learn to use writing, design and video skills to help showcase exciting research projects and demonstrate the importance and benefits of our work using world-leading supercomputing, big data and AI technologies to support UK businesses.

As part of the Science and Business Engagement team at the STFC Hartree Centre, the Digital Communications Apprentice will use their creativity to interpret a variety of science stories and projects in accessible new ways that businesses and non-expert audiences can relate to.

The ideal candidate will support the day-to-day management of the Hartree Centre’s portfolio of digital communications channels, creating and curating various different types of content suitable for social media, websites, blog, video, infographics, presentations and e-mail marketing. They will create and share engaging content that helps to grow our digital audience, enhances our brand reputation and attracts new customers and partnerships.

The Digital Communications Apprentice will gain first-hand experience working as part of a professional team on live projects supported by theoretical learning. You will have the opportunity to make an impact early on in your role, where you’ll also learn the specialist skills tailored to the knowledge, skills and behaviours of a competent marketing and business engagement professional. You will receive mentoring from trained project professionals as well as access to internal and external training courses.

The apprentice will have an internal network to support their development and learning. Full training and support will be provided by our expert training and assessment colleagues at The Juice Academy, Manchester. You will undertake professional development and training one day every other week via sessions delivered virtually (at present), together with development of a work-based portfolio supported by Apprentify

About the Role

You will be supporting the Science and Business Engagement team in the management of digital communication channels including the Hartree Centre’s website, blog, email newsletter and social media. You will develop new and existing creative and practical skills while working towards a Level 3 Junior Content Producer Apprenticeship and apply these in the working environment.

Where indicated, the following criteria will be assessed through shortlisting (S), at interview (I) or both (S&I)

Key Requirements:


  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office products – particularly Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook (S)
  • A-Level English at Grade C/Level 4 OR a proven standard of spelling, grammar and literacy through other writing experience (e.g. other essay writing subjects, workplace experience, personal blogging etc.) (S)
  • A strong interest in science, technology and computing (S + I)
  • A creative eye for design with good attention to detail (S + I)
  • Digital literacy and basic knowledge of social media platforms (S + I)
  • Quality of Supporting Statement (S)
  • Friendly/team player – able to build good working relationships with diverse teams (I)
  • Ability to represent STFC professionally through appearance and conduct (I)
  • Enthusiasm/can-do attitude (I)
  • Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative to solve problems (S + I)


  • Experience of social media use for a business, event or marketing activity – whether this be through previous/current employment or voluntary work (S)
  • Qualifications in a creative and/or science-related subject i.e. BTEC, A Level (S)
  • Awareness of current social media landscape (S + I)
  • Ability to travel occasionally and flexible approach to working hours (I)

How to Apply

Applicants will need to upload a current CV and a Supporting Statement that addresses the following pre-application questions:

  1. What has attracted you to this role at the Hartree Centre?
  2. What do you love about social media?
  3. Tell us about a recent online campaign for a brand you admire and why (200 words max)
  4. Tell us about a piece of recent science news that caught your attention, and why (200 words max)
  5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

Please ensure that you include each question with your corresponding answer on your Supporting Statement; failure to provide a Supporting Statement will mean that your application will not be considered. Within your CV, please also include any links to social media accounts you run within your personal details section.

Applicants will be initially shortlisted by the quality of their CV and Supporting Statement. Applicants who meet the minimum criteria will be asked to complete an online English and Maths assessment and a Skills Scanner; this will be administered by the Juice Academy.

Please ensure that in your CV you indicate clearly why you feel you are a good fit for this role, paying close attention to the duties, responsibilities and the person specification. Please provide examples where possible, taking into account school/college project and/or work-based experience.

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