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Advanced Electrical Engineering Apprenticeship - STFC

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) has over 20 years’ experience in providing engineering apprenticeships and provides an excellent training ground to equip individuals with the relevant skills and experience for their chosen career in either mechanical, electrical or electronic engineering. We offer a competitive salary that increases annually, 4 years supervised training, additional core skills development and the opportunity to undertake overseas placements.

List of duties/responsibilities

Your first year will be spent training at Oxfordshire Advanced Skills (OAS) at Culham, where you will be taught the basics of machining, welding, electronics and electrical wiring.  

During years 2 to 4, you will be based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) undertaking on-the-job training via placements on a rotational basis in your chosen discipline of electrical engineering. This will provide you with extensive experience to broaden your knowledge and provide exposure to working in a sophisticated cutting edge facility. These placements take place within various workshops and departments such as the Central Laser Facility (CLF), RAL Space, Technology and ISIS Neutron and Muon Source (ISIS). You continue your academic studies on block release at OAS typically studying towards a diploma/HNC as appropriate. 

As an electrical apprentice, your placements will give you skills in installing cabling, including single and 3-phase mains, large, high voltage conductor cables, 24V controls and soldering delicate components under a microscope. You will also learn about electrical containment, including trunking and conduit for a range of installation including motors, control and network circuits, as well as electrical testing, fault finding and maintenance required for the incredible scientific equipment used across the site. Opportunities are available across the site to be involved in the electrical design process using CAD software; as well as learning about Automation and Controls, producing PLC/HMI software and commissioning these systems for various applications. Throughout your apprenticeship you will be expected to support scientists from all over the world as they continue to push back the barriers of science.

Contacts and Communication

As an STFC Apprentice you will communicate with 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.

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 by September 2021.  You must be self-motivated, enthusiastic about learning, hardworking and demonstrate an interest in engineering.

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.

Please state in your covering letter if you wish to be considered for more than one engineering discipline.  

Shortlisting Criteria

Qualifications

Essential:

  • Achieved or predicted to achieve 5 GCSE passes at Grade C/4 or above including Maths, English and a Science by September 2021
  • Or equivalent qualifications

Knowledge and Experience

Essential:

  • Interest in science, engineering and technology
  • Ability to demonstrate some basic technical engineering knowledge and skill 

Desirable: 

  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office 

Interview Criteria

Personal skills/qualities

Essential:

  • Ability to work using own initiative
  • Ability to follow instructions including technical instructions in English
  • Self-motivated, willing to undertake the work required with the training provider and in the workplace 
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team 
  • Good communication skills
  • Good problem solving skills 
     

 

 


About STFC 

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation where curiosity-driven, blue-skies thinking meets practical, application-led science and engineering. Our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world. 
 
One of Europe’s largest research organisations, we’re trusted to support, enable and undertake cutting-edge projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science, engineering, computing and technology. Our research seeks to understand the Universe from the largest astronomical scales to the tiniest constituents of matter, yet creates impact on a very tangible, human scale. 
 
For more information about STFC please visit https://stfc.ukri.org/ 
 
You can also visit our careers site https://www.stfccareers.co.uk/ 
 
How to Apply 
 
Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit your CV and a covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation to join STFC and the role you’re applying for. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit your application without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered. You will only be assessed on the content of your CV and covering letter and not the ‘experience’ section of the application. 

 
About UKRI 

Launched in April 2018, UKRI is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). 

Our organisation brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England, which is responsible for supporting research and knowledge exchange at higher education institutions in England, and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK 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 www.ukri.org

 
How we support EDI in the workforce 

At UKRI we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to flourish and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community.  For further information, please visit ‘How we support EDI in the workforce’  
 

Disability Confident Employer 

As a Disability Confident employer, UKRI will offer an interview to a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants that meet the minimum criteria for the job (this is the description of the job as set by the employer). To enable us to do this we ask the appropriate questions within the candidate application. 
For more information on this scheme, click here.  

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