Advanced Engineering Apprentice


Apprenticeship 4 years Didcot, UK

Uploaded 6 Mar 2019

Job Description

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.

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.

Person Specification

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.

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