Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC249337
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £11255
Date Posted 07 May 2019
Contract Type Apprentice
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 30 June 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £11,255 rising incrementally to £17,499 in the fourth year
Band: UKRI- App
Contract Type: Fixed Term (4 years)
Hours: Full time
Closing Date: 30th June 2019
Interview Date: W/C 15th July 2019

Role Responsibilities

The Science and Technology Facilities Council offer a number of apprenticeships. The unique nature of the work undertaken at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) contributes to an interesting enjoyable and rewarding period of training in one of the world’s leading scientific and engineering research organisations.

As a member of STFC’s Estates Services Department, the post holder will proactively support the Estates remit to deliver flexible, customer focused and efficient services that support the delivery of STFC’s vision, values and objectives. The Estates services team needs to be agile and able to adapt to the ever changing needs of our diverse customer base therefore it is expected that the post holder will demonstrate a flexible and adaptable approach.

All members of the Estates team will, from time to time, be expected to lead or participate (appropriate to Band level) in STFC and Estates projects that may be outside their normal remit.

You will support the undertaking of efficient and effective day to day maintenance activities relating to the electrical services (small power, lighting, fire alarms etc.) at 3 STFC sites; RAL, Chilbolton Observatory and Cosener’s House. The role reports to the Electrical Services Manager and will learn to carry out maintenance tasks to ensure that STFC’s electrical services provide an efficient and continuous service to support the estate and its scientific programmes.

You will also take an active role in the installation of new/replacement electrical services and systems across the estate.

As an STFC apprentice you will undertake 4 years paid training, supervised by the Research Council. The salary is competitive and the apprenticeship is an ideal start to a career in Building Services. If successful in this position you will:

  • complete a prescribed programme of training to be conducted within the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories Estates Maintenance department, working within workshops and the wider scientific laboratories
  • to become proficient in the installation, operation, maintenance, testing and repair of modern electrical distribution systems and ancillaries
  • to obtain a high level of competence in installing low voltage electrical wiring systems, their ancillaries and associated distribution equipment (50 -1,000 Volts A.C.
  • to obtain an intermediate level of competence in building management system control and programmable logic control engineering
  • gain the skills to confidently and competently undertake fault diagnosis on a range of service equipment and systems, such as emergency lighting, fire detection systems, electrical distribution equipment and wiring and three phase plant including rotating machines
  • attend college on a block release basis leading to recognised NVQ level three qualifications over a four year period
  • carry out maintenance tasks and duties at the Laboratory as directed by the Departmental Technical Manager / Supervisor, these activities will be directly relevant to the apprenticeships’ key competencies and skills and will assist the wider department in delivering their core maintenance service commitments
  • as an STFC Apprentice you will communicate to staff across STFC and 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 site
  • champion the Estates service in a positive manner
  • deliver a high level of customer service
  • attend appropriate additional training to support the role and service delivery.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

The Science and Technology Facilities Council 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.

Personal Skills and Attributes:

We are looking for individuals who have or will have achieved 5 GCSE passes at Grade C/4 or above including Maths, English and a Science/Technology subject. You must be self-motivated, enthusiastic about learning and hard working.

Special Conditions:

You will be required to attend and complete the required nationally recognised training courses. This will involve attendance at local educational establishments, on a day release or block release basis as appropriate.

Shortlisting Criteria:


  • achieved or predicted to achieve 5 GCSE’s at Grade C/4 or above in English, Maths and a Science/Technology subject
  • interest in science and technology and engineering
  • good written communication skills as demonstrated in your CV and cover letter
  • right to live and work in the UK.


  • demonstrable interest in practical subjects and activities
  • has a clear vision of what they want to achieve and demonstrates a willingness to succeed.

Interview Criteria

All shortlisting criteria above plus:


  • good spoken English
  • 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 on site
  • self-disciplined
  • demonstrates a high level of interest and enthusiasm about the role
  • has a clear vision of what they want to achieve and demonstrates a willingness to succeed
  • able to work as part of a team.

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.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

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.

Developing Talent

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

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:

Online applications only. Please submit a covering letter and CV ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Please note that failure to address the above criteria or submitted without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered.

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