If you are looking for an apprenticeship, you won’t find anywhere quite like the Science and Technology Facilities Council and Diamond Light Source to begin your career. We work with incredibly advanced technologies and equipment on some of the most exciting research and engineering and computing projects around.
Joining us is your chance to undertake an award winning four year advanced engineering apprenticeship that’s recognised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Other opportunities include IT, heating and ventilation or a computing apprenticeship. It combines real responsibility with structured training and learning – leading to a role in a world-class STFC or Diamond Light Source Facility.
We have roles based at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in South Oxfordshire and at our Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire for our Advanced Engineering Apprenticeships Find out more on our locations page.
An Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and Diamond Light Source will take 4 years. The 1st year of your apprenticeship is spent at an external training facility, where you are taught a number of hand skills including machining, welding, electronics and electrical wiring. In years 2 to 4 apprentices remain at college on a part-time basis whilst receiving on the job training working within a range of workshop facilities at RAL and DLS.
An Advanced Engineering apprenticeship at Daresbury Laboratory will take approximately 4 years to complete, with the first year spent at the North West Training Council, Bootle. You will then continue your apprenticeship at the laboratory, learning by being involved directly on exciting projects, as well as continuing your academic studies on day release with the expectation that you will achieve a foundation degree at the end of year 4.
If you want a career in software development or systems administration we have exciting opportunities to work with the latest technologies to drive advances in both hardware and software that have very genuine real world application. The scheme provides fully funded class room learning allowing our apprentices to gain a foundation degree. If apprentices are offered a permanent position at the end of the scheme there may be further opportunity to continue learning and convert this to a fully recognised BSc honours degree.
These posts will be based at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.
The IT apprenticeship is a 2 year apprenticeship which is based at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. In your first year you will undertake your level 2 NVQ Diploma in Professional Competence for IT &telecoms professionals and level 2 extended certificate in IT. In year 2 you will work towards your NVQ level 3 diploma in ICT Professional Competence and level 3 certificate in ICT systems.
If you have any questions regarding the Apprentice Scheme, please contact either of the following:
We want happy, self motivated, young people who are willing to work hard (and we mean work hard!) to join our team of future technicians and engineers. We will expect you to have a demonstrable interest in engineering and a proven record of good work from any school or employer you have been involved with.
This depends to some extent on you. The initial contract or Indenture period is for 4 years. You can in fact achieve most of this within just over 3 years, provided you work hard and don't waste any time.
Successful completion will result in a good pay rise and the opportunity to progress further into a junior management position. In many respects it will depend on you. The more you are willing to put in, the more you should be able to get out.
STFC is accredited with the Investor In People Standard (IIP). We want to help our staff and others make the best of their future, even if they eventually leave us for a career elsewhere.
2nd year Mechanical Apprentice
Why did you choose an apprenticeship scheme?
I chose the apprenticeship scheme as I’m a much better hands on learner, and I was also drawn to STFC and Diamond due to my love of science and scientific research.
I have enjoyed the fact that we are learning in a workshop alongside professionals who provide us with our learning experiences and give us first-hand advice – it feels like such a nice environment and makes you feel part of the team.
STFC and Diamond are exciting places to work as there is always something new going on, and lots of opportunities to take part in programs outside of your job description. The thing that has given me most pride so far is that after just a few weeks of being onsite I am involved in real projects which will be a part of real experiments going on around the laboratory facilities.
There are many learning opportunities, initially there is the mandatory BTEC and NVQ qualifications, but there is also the possibility of furthering your education with a HNC, HND and even a degree. But it is not only the academic learning STFC and Diamond offer but many other training opportunities such as team building and leadership, and much more.
3rd Year Electrical Apprentice
After spending my first year at college learning general engineering principles I came back to STFC and started in my first placement in a brand new facility within RAL Space. Due to the building being very new there were many tasks that needed to be completed in a short period of time, so I was put to work immediately. My first task was to build a power supply that energises temperature data loggers, I was a bit daunted by this knowing that the supply would be used in a real world situation but felt very proud when I had completed it.
During your apprenticeship at RAL and DLS apprentices typically spend 3 months in various workshop placements on site which is great as you get to see the wide range of activities, tasks and experiments which are carried out and the amount of knowledge gained is phenomenal.
I love every minute working for the STFC and Diamond facilities and feel very fortunate to have gained a place on the apprentice scheme. The training I am receiving at college and work experience gained back at STFC have all been of a first class quality and I cannot wait to see what the future has to offer me.
3rd Year Electronics Apprentice
I joined STFC and Diamond Engineering scheme after I finished my A levels, I was interested in an engineering career, looking at various schemes this one appealed the most. This was because of the amazing opportunities offered and the vast experience I would gain. Combined with my hobby of electronics I can work in a really interesting field whilst gaining recognised qualifications without gaining the debt associated with University.
The thing I have enjoyed most by far is the variety of work I have been involved in, every task I have done so far has been different and I think this is what stands out the most because it never gets repetitive and every job is really interesting.
Working at STFC and Diamond is really enjoyable everyone on site is very friendly and approachable and willing to help and train you, this is really nice when you start somewhere new and helps you settle in very quickly. Working for STFC and Diamond has the added benefit of being flexible especially with your working hours which can be really useful and definitely a positive.
2nd Year Computing Apprentice
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, Oxfordshire
I joined the Science and Technology Facilities Council apprenticeship scheme as I liked the idea of learning whilst working. Completing a qualification simultaneously with dedicated days allocated each week is ideal and suits my learning style.
I am enjoying my apprenticeship as I have been exposed to so many new technologies and learning how they fit in at STFC. Learning the fundamentals at college is good, but the extra experience and knowledge gained at STFC is invaluable. I am learning a variety of skills ranging from programming and networking to essay writing.
Working for STFC is very enjoyable the atmosphere around campus is sociable and relaxed while still decidedly professional.
Take a look at what some of our apprentices have to say about their time here: