Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC248095
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £11100
Date Posted 16 January 2019
Contract Type Apprentice
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 24 March 2019
Interview Date 29 April 2019

Brief Description

Salary: £11,100 per annum (rising incrementally to £17,257 per annum in the fourth year)
Grade: N
Contract Type: Fixed Term (4 years)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 24th March 2019
Assessment Dates: W/C 1st April 2019
Interview Dates: W/C 29th April 2019

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) has over 20 years’ experience in providing Engineering Apprenticeships, 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.

An STFC 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 training off-site at Oxfordshire Advanced Skills at Culham, where apprentices are taught the basics of machining, welding, electronics and electrical wiring. 

During years 2 to 4, apprentices are based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory site undertaking on-the-job training via placements on a rotational basis in the chosen discipline. This provides extensive experience to broaden the apprentices’ knowledge and provide exposure to the full spectrum of working in a sophisticated cutting edge facility. These placements take place within various workshops/departments within the Central Laser Facility (CLF), RAL Space, Technology and ISIS Neutron and Muon Source departments. One day per week is spent continuing with their academic studies on day release at the training facility typically studying towards a diploma.

Electronic Apprentices will have the opportunity to learn about 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 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 use novel and technology-enabled processes to contribute to the manufacture of mechanical parts and assemblies. This supports a broad range of engineering requirements on both large and small precise sizes using Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) and conventional machining techniques.

Contacts and Communication

As an STFC Apprentice you will communicate to staff across STFC 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.

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. You must be self-motivated, enthusiastic about learning, hardworking and demonstrate an interest in engineering.

You 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



  • achieved or predicted Grade C/4 or above in English, Maths and a Science or equivalent qualifications.

Knowledge and Experience


  • interest in science, engineering and technology.


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

Interview Criteria

Personal skills/qualities


  • able to work as part of a team
  • able to take technical instruction in English
  • self-motivated, willing to undertake the work required with the training provider and on-site
  • self-disciplined
  • enthusiastic about science, technology and engineering.


  • ability to work using own initiative, and follow instructions
  • ability to work in a flexible and challenging environment.

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.

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.

The CV and covering letter should include:

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

The closing date for applications is 24th March 2019.

The assessment days for this vacancy will be held W/C Monday 1st April at STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Didcot.

Interviews will be held W/C 29th April 2019 at STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Didcot.

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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