Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC253363
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £11255
Date Posted 20 March 2020
Contract Type Apprentice
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 21 June 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £11,255 per annum rising incrementally to £17,499 in the fourth year                          
Band: UKRI-App
Contract Type: Fixed Term for four years
Hours: Full time
Closing Date: 21st June 2020
Interview Date: 8th July 2020

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 in mechanical engineering. We offer a competitive salary that increases annually, 4 years supervised training and additional core skills development.

As a mechanical machinist apprentice you will 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.

A Department funded level 3 machinist apprentice will undertake 4 years paid training, supervised by the Research Council. The salary is competitive and the apprenticeship is an ideal start to a career in Mechanical Engineering. If successful in this vacancy you will be offered a position within one of three department exclusive apprenticeships. This will consist of the following roles:

Isis Accelerator Mechanical Engineering- Apprentice Engineering Machinist

As a member of ISIS Accelerator Mechanical Section, the post holder will proactively support the mechanical workshop team to ensure that ISIS is available in-line with the machine availability program. The mechanical team needs to be agile and able to adapt to the ever changing needs of a front-line support group, therefore it is expected that the post holder will demonstrate a flexible and adaptable approach. All members of the mechanical section will, from time to time, be expected to participate (appropriate to Band level) in ISIS projects that may be outside their normal remit. The apprenticeship role will support the undertaking of efficient day to day manufacturing and assembly activities to the mechanical workshop. This will include machining, fitting, welding, fabricating, brasing, assembling and installation of accelerator components within the ISIS facility.

ISIS Instrument Operations- Apprentice Engineering Machinist

As a member of ISIS Instrument Operations Group you will be part of the team of machinists and technicians that provides machining and technical support to ISIS Experimental Programme and ISIS Neutron and Muon Beamlines. In the role you will be workshop based and be expected to support the production and modification of engineering components using manual and CNC machining techniques. You will work to engineering drawings, sketches and verbal instruction directly from scientists, engineers and visiting users. In your role from time to time you may need to work as part of a team on projects or breakdowns in specialised areas, such as vacuum systems and gas delivery systems. If this is a requirement during the apprenticeship, specialised training will be given to you. You will need to be self-motivated, have good eye for detail and be able to work as part of team or as an individual.

Manufacturing Facilities- Apprentice Engineering Machinist

As a member of the manufacturing Facilities Group you will be in a team that provides manufacturing bespoke solutions to the wider body of the scientific community here at RAL and for our global partners. As a workshop based role you will receive training in all aspects of manufacture within the groups capabilities. Starting at manual machining, progressing to CNC. EDM (Electro Discharge Machining) and sheet fabrication. You will work from engineering drawings and engage with the end users of the scientific projects directly. Additional training outside of the apprenticeship units will be provided to support all the requirements within the Manufacturing Facilities Group. The Manufacturing Facilities Group always encompasses Dimensional Metrology, Additive Manufacture and Outside Procurement of manufactured components and at times during the apprenticeship you will have some exposure to these functions.

Shared Requirements for the three positions:

  • Complete a prescribed program of training to be conducted within the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories
  • Become proficient in the machining of components to include milling and turning on conventional and CNC machines in different materials
  • Obtain a high level of competence in mechanical fitting and assembly skills including the use of hand tools and marking out
  • Attend college leading to recognised NVQ level three qualifications over a four year period
  • Carry out maintenance/repair tasks and duties at the Laboratory as directed by the mechanical section leader and workshop manager, these activities will be directly relevant to the apprenticeships’ key competencies and skills and will assist the wider department in delivering their core maintenance service commitments
  • As an STFC Apprentice you will communicate to staff across STFC and 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 site
  • Champion the STFC in a positive manner
  • Deliver a high level of customer service
  • Attend appropriate additional training to support the role and service delivery.

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.

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/Technology subject. You must be self-motivated, enthusiastic about learning and hard working.

Special Conditions

You will be required to attend and complete the required nationally recognised training courses. This will involve attendance at local educational establishments, on a day release or block release basis as appropriate.

Shortlisting Criteria



  • Achieved or predicted to achieve 5 GCSE passes at Grade C/4 or above including Maths, English and a Science by September 2020
  • Or equivalent qualifications.

Knowledge and Experience


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


  • Good knowledge of Microsoft office

Interview Criteria

Personal skills/qualities


  • 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.

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 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:

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