Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and Diamond Light Source (DLS)
Reference Number IRC244087
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £11100
Date Posted 29 January 2018
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 11 March 2018
Interview Date

Salary: £11,100 per annum
Grade: N
Contract Type: Fixed Term (4 years)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 11th March 2018
Assessment Dates: 20th and 21st March 2018
Interview Dates: 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th April 2018

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and Diamond Light Source collaborate in providing Advanced Engineering Apprenticeships at the RAL site in Harwell.  With over 20 years’ experience, the Apprenticeship Scheme provides an excellent training ground to equip individuals with the relevant skills and experience for their chosen careers within the science and engineering arena.

A STFC and Diamond apprentice will undertake 4 years paid supervised training.  The salary is competitive and the apprenticeship is an ideal start to a career in engineering

List of duties/responsibilities
Apprentices are employed on a 4 year training placement.  The first year is spent off-site at a purpose built training facility, where apprentices are taught the basics of machining, welding, electronics and electrical wiring. 

During years 2 to 4, apprentices are based at the RAL site undertaking on-the-job training via placements on a rotational basis.  These placements take place within the various workshops providing extensive experience in broadening the apprentices’ knowledge and providing exposure to the full spectrum of working in a sophisticated cutting edge facility.  One day per week is spent continuing with their academic studies on day release at the training facility typically studying towards a diploma.

The on-the-job training provided in years 2 through to 4 involves work within various workshops on-site at STFC and Diamond in the chosen discipline.

Electronic Apprentices will have the opportunity to learn about high speed innovative state of the art high speed electronics, from single integrated circuits to huge data acquisition systems.  When fully assembled these systems are used in scientific research all over the world.

Electrical Apprentices are given the opportunity to work within a varied spectrum of electrical jobs.  This can involve work as varied as installing large, high voltage conductor cables to work as small as soldering delicate components under a microscope.

Mechanical Apprentices will cover a wide range of work including work in the space science and technology department, precision developments facility where their research methods enable work to be done to tolerances + 0.0005mm. Larger scale work is done using CNC programming – letting the computer do the machining

Contacts and Communication
As an STFC and Diamond Apprentice you will communicate to staff across STFC and Diamond at all levels.  You will work as part of a team as well as working on your own. You will also have contact throughout your apprenticeship with college tutors and visitors to the site

Personal Skills and Attributes
We are looking for individuals who have or will have achieved 5 GCSE passes at Grade C or grade 5 or above including Maths, English and a Science.  You must be self-motivated, enthusiastic about learning and hardworking and demonstrate an interest in engineering.

Candidates should note that when submitting your CV and covering letter you should address yourself to this person specification, demonstrating by example how you meet the criteria contained within. Please also include any other information, which you feel is of relevance to your application.

Shortlisting Criteria


  • 5 GCSE Grade C or grade 5 or above
  • achieved or predicted Grade C or grade 5 or above in English Maths and a Science
  • or equivalent qualifications. 

Knowledge and Experience

  • interest in science and technology
  • able to take technical instruction in English.


  • practical skills
  • good IT knowledge
  • ability to demonstrate some technical knowledge.

Interview Criteria

Personal skills/qualities

  • ability to work using own initiative, and follow instructions
  • ability to work in a flexible and challenging environment
  • self-motivated, willing to undertake the work required at college and in the lab
  • self-disciplined
  • enthusiastic about science, technology and engineering
  • able to work as part of a team.

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 page ( and Diamond's webpage (

From April 2018, UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world. From 1 April 2018 your employer will be UK Research and Innovation. More information can be found online


Online applications only.
Please submit a full CV and covering letter to include:

  • the full name and address of your parent or guardian (if you are under 18 years old)
  • please indicate the discipline for which you have a preference (either Electrical, Electronic or Mechanical Engineering)
  • please explain why you are interested in joining the STFC and Diamond Engineering Apprenticeship scheme
  • additional information which may help your application (e.g. participation in Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, involvement in engineering projects etc.)
  • please provide the name and address of your current Head Teacher/Course Tutor/Employer.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 11th March 2018. The assessment date for this vacancy is 5th and 6th April and will be held at STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Didcot.

Interviews will be held on 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th April 2018

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: