STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC252718
Location Warrington See on Map
Salary £11255
Date Posted 06 February 2020
Grade UKRI-APP
Contract Type Apprentice
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 31 March 2020
Interview Date 04 May 2020




Brief Description


Salary: £11,255 per annum rising incrementally to £17,499 in Year 4 (£21,091 in Year 6 for Degree Apprentice)
Grade: UKRI-APP
Contract Type: Fixed Term 4 years (up to 6 years for Degree Apprentice)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 31st March 2020
Assessment Dates: 15th and 20th April 2020
Interview Date: 4th - 7th May 2020

The Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is the UK’s provider of large scale inter-disciplinary research infrastructures and their supporting technologies, which enable UK researchers to investigate the world we live in and understand the building blocks of the universe.

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. We offer a competitive salary that increases annually, supervised training, additional core skills development and the opportunity to undertake overseas placements at facilities including CERN (Geneva), ESS (Sweden), ILL (France) and ING (La Palma).

Advanced Level 3 and Higher Level 4 Apprenticeship will typically take 4 years to complete. There is opportunity also to study to Level 6 (Degree) for the right candidate; should you be selected to continue and develop your studies to Level 6 (Degree) Apprenticeship this would typically take 5-6 years.

Your first year will spent at the North West Training Council in Liverpool, where you will learn a broad base of engineering skills including:

  • Machining and hand-fitting techniques
  • Electrical and Electronic wiring/testing/maintenance (including PLC's)
  • Mechanical Assembly
  • Maintenance and Turning
  • Milling and Welding.

From year 2 onwards, apprentices are based at the Daresbury Laboratory site where you will continue your apprenticeship gaining more specialised skills. The learning will be provided through working in several departments, providing extensive experience in broadening the apprentices’ knowledge and providing exposure to the full spectrum of working in a sophisticated cutting-edge facility. Apprentices will be working alongside and guided by experienced technicians and engineers, with skills and knowledge being built up through direct involvement in exciting scientific projects where you will directly contribute to the work of STFC. You will continue with your academic studies on a day release basis with the expectation that you will be able to achieve a HNC/HND qualification at the end of the 4 years (dependent on starting qualifications). 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.

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 skills coaches from the college and various visitors to the site, including from key stakeholders.


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 www.ukri.org.

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.

Shortlisting (S) and Interview (I) Criteria

Essential:

  • Achieved or be predicted to achieve 5 GCSE passes at Grade C/4 or above, including English, Maths and a Science subject by September 2020 (S&I)
  • For the Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship, A-Levels or BTECs to a minimum of 112 UCAS points would also be required ie. B,C,C at A Level or D,M,M at BTEC (S&I)
  • Or equivalent qualifications (S&I)
  • A strong and demonstrable interest in Science and Technology (I)
  • Ability to take technical instruction in English. (I)

Desirable:

  • Practical skills (S&I)
  • Good IT knowledge (S&I)
  • Ability to demonstrate some basic engineering technical knowledge and skill. (S&I)

Personal Qualities

  • Ability to work under own initiative and follow instructions (I)
  • Ability to work in a flexible and challenging environment (I)
  • Self-motivated; willing to undertake the work required at college/university and within the lab (I)
  • Able to work as part of a dynamic and diverse team. (I)

About STFC Daresbury Laboratory:

Our staff are instrumental to our success and new starters will be members of a valued, multi-disciplinary team.

Reasons our apprentices enjoy working for us:

  • We’re based at Sci-Tech Daresbury - a lively and dynamic campus bringing together SMEs and leading industry-academic collaborations located in a picturesque semi-rural location with easy access to canal-side and woodland walking
  • We are less than two miles from the M56 motorway with public transport links and access to Warrington and Runcorn national rail stations. Advice on all aspects of travel to site including car sharing is available at: https://www.sci-techdaresbury.com/the-campus/travel-hub/
  • Personal development is important to us. You will work with your line manager to develop your own Learning and Development plan each year
  • 30 days’ annual leave plus 10.5 public and privilege days
  • Defined benefit pension scheme (employer contribution – currently up to 26%)
  • There are a number of active sport and social groups across campus with access to an on-site gym for staff
  • We value collaborative working across STFC and with our external collaborators
  • Our offices are a mixture of open-plan and smaller, shared spaces.

Diversity and inclusion are important to us. We have a corporate policy on Equality and Diversity which is supported by a Diversity Forum and implementation group. For more information on the rest of our employee benefits, take a look at: http://www.stfccareers.co.uk/why-join/rewards-and-benefits/

Our apprentices have access to an Apprentice Association, where you will be part of a network of diverse apprentices working across Daresbury Laboratory in a variety of role and occupational areas
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 www.ukri.org.

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

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.

Limited parking subject to waiting list.

Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit 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: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y.

Online applications only. Please submit your application via https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/-497270. Candidates who meet the required criteria will be invited to attend an Assessment Centre in April following the closing date of 31st March 2020.

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