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Public Engagement Programme Assistant

Science and Technology Facilities Council - UKRI
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Closing date
9 Dec 2021

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Organisation: Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) - UK Astronomy Technology Centre
Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract
External Closing Date: Dec 12, 2021
Minimum Salary: Pound Sterling (GBP) 14,268
Hours: Full-time

Public Engagement at STFC 

We are looking for an enthusiastic person to join our friendly Public Engagement Team. The National Laboratories Public Engagement Group, composed of 13 team members, supports STFC in inspiring and exciting the public about our science and technology through events and activities. A key part of this is involving STFC staff in these events to give insight into their work. We are looking for someone to support us in coordinating early career staff involvement with public engagement events. 

About the role 

This is a two-year Level 3 Business Administrator apprenticeship supporting the National Laboratories Public Engagement and Early Careers teams with the delivery of the Early Careers Engagement Project across the three National Laboratories public engagement sites—Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, Daresbury Laboratory in Liverpool City Region, and Royal Observatory Edinburgh. 

We are looking for an apprentice to join our team who is enthusiastic and interested in completing a Level 3 Business Administrator apprenticeship. You will be based with the Public Engagement Team in Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire where your daily duties will be varied and complemented by formal training with a local training provider, Abingdon & Witney College. During the 2 years of the apprenticeship, you will develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to successfully achieve a Level 3 Business Administrator apprenticeship.  

The main duties of the role are: 

  • Building and maintaining relationships with early career staff through regular communication in a business environment 
  • Maintaining an accurate and accessible contact database 
  • Shared responsibility for public inboxes – including replying in a timely manner, answering queries, maintaining accurate and easily accessible records 
  • Providing input for early careers staff training development 
  • Coordinating and organising training sessions for early career staff 
  • Coordinating volunteering opportunities for early careers staff, which can include liaising directly with schools, universities or colleges, arranging transport and/or arranging delivery of materials 
  • Supporting the preparation and coordination of Health and Safety documentation 
  • Maintaining accurate and accessible records of early career staff volunteering and training 
  • Supporting the Public Engagement Team with delivery of on-site events 

The successful applicant must be able to travel by their own arrangements to Abingdon & Witney College for 10 days classroom training (dates to be confirmed) and to Rutherford Appleton Laboratory for the remaining time. 

This role will also require occasional travel between the three public engagement sites. 

Candidates shortlisted to the final stage (following interview with UKRI) will be required to complete literacy and numeracy tests, a residency check and an interview with Abingdon & Witney College prior to being accepted onto the apprenticeship programme. 

Interviews are expected to be held in January 2022. 

Person specification 


  • At least four GCSEs at Grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths, or equivalent qualifications or demonstrated relevant experience 
  • Good written communication skills as demonstrated in your CV and Covering Letter 
  • Ability to communicate clearly and professionally, verbally and in writing, with a variety of people  
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office products – particularly Word, Excel and Outlook 
  • Attention to detail/accuracy 
  • Experience of being part of a team or group 
  • Time management skills 
  • Organisational skills 
  • Enthusiasm for/interest in completing a Level 3 Business Administrator apprenticeship 


  • Interest in and enthusiasm for STFC science  
  • Experience building positive relationships with people in different roles and with different personalities 

About The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) 

The STFC is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation where curiosity, blue-skies thinking meets practical, application-led science and engineering. Our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world. 

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