Computing Apprentice

Didcot, Oxfordshire
£15,551 per annum
30 Oct 2018
30 Nov 2018
Role Type
Start Date
24 months+

Salary: £15,551
Grade: Computing Apprentice
Contract Type: Fixed Term (4 years)
Hours: Full Time/Part Time (minimum 25 hours per week)
Closing Date: 2nd December 2018
Interview Date: Week commencing 10th December 2018

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 keen individuals to support us in the development of new software and systems. We have already recruited 5 Computing apprentices this year, but we are still looking for one more enthusiastic candidate to work at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford. You will be based in a group with computing professionals in one of STFC departments. During the apprenticeship scheme you will gain a range of experience to complement formal training and you will be supported as you work towards a BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions Degree. For this final role we are looking for someone with a strong interest in IT Systems and Networking.

Opportunities & Responsibilities

You will undertake activities that will develop your expertise in network design, cyber security, servers, storage & virtualisation, cloud computing, bring your own device (BYOD), Unix, DevOps, software-defined networking, and the internet of things (IoT).

You will work closely with scientists and engineers, so you should have good interpersonal skills and be committed to delivering an excellent customer service.

You will be expected to:

  • communicate and work with fellow team members on a daily basis
  • communicate with users, scientists, engineers and management to understand their IT needs and assist them
  • undertake support of Linux desktop systems and carry out agreed system software maintenance tasks
  • take an active role in both technical and non-technical meetings
  • show initiative especially regarding learning new things
  • work independently at times and ask questions if unsure
  • take responsibility for ensuring your work does what is needed and meets the quality criteria specified
  • write documentation for technical and non-technical users
  • analyse evidence and data in order to solve problems
  • help deploy solutions to production and help provide support after release
  • use a variety of tools and technologies used by the teams to manage computer systems
  • present a topic to a small group of people and answer questions
  • participate in the wider department and STFC apprentice training programme.

You will be supported to undertake paid degree-level training. In addition to this and “on the job” training, you will have 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 be assigned a mentor for the duration of the scheme.

About You

As a starting point we expect you to have:

  • enthusiasm for a career in IT!
  • have a BTEC Level 3 in Computing (or similar subject) or equivalent level qualifications
  • good communication skills both verbal and written
  • good organisational skills
  • some knowledge of computers and programming.

Please see “Job Requirements” for more information.

Shortlisting Criteria

You should have:

  • a BTEC Level 3 in Computing (or similar subject) or equivalent - please give subjects and results in CV
  • good written communication skills as demonstrated by your CV and cover letter
  • 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 a programming language and/or hardware and what you enjoyed
  • 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
  • right to live and work in the UK.

Interview Criteria

All shortlisting criteria above plus:

Essential Knowledge and Experience

You will:

  • have written simple programs in any programming language, for example, Python, or used HTML and CSS directly to produce web pages
  • be able to describe the components of a computer system
  • be aware of the range of computer operating systems.

Essential Personal skill and Qualities

You will:

  • be able to work systematically through straightforward problems, analyse numerical data and link it to your understanding of computer systems in order to gather evidence and isolate problems
  • have a good command of English (verbal and written) allowing you to be able to communicate well with other members of staff. You will understand the importance of working well within a team
  • be able to demonstrate that they are able to plan and manage their own work, that they are conscientious and have the ability to pay attention to detail.

Special Requirements

Be able to attend off-site training as required including overnight stays.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

In addition to the competitive salary, an excellent index linked pension scheme and generous leave allowance are offered. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

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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The closing date for applications is 2nd December. The interview/assessment dates for this vacancy are during week commencing 10th December and will be held at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

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