Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC253817
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £15769
Date Posted 13 May 2020
Contract Type Apprentice
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 02 August 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £15,769 (year 1) rising to £17,499 (year 2)                          
Contract Type: Fixed Term for 2 years
Hours: Full time
Closing Date: 2nd August 2020
Interview Date: 18th August 2020

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) 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 have large-scale scientific facilities in the UK and Europe used by thousands of scientists performing thousands of experiments every year. The facilities provide a range of research techniques to help scientists better understand our world and the universe! You can have the opportunity to use and develop your skills to help make this happen. 

The Associate Project Management Apprenticeship will be a stretching and fulfilling role where you will be involved in a range of project management activities linked to STFC’s world-leading science and technology projects that are managed at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford.

You will gain exposure to and support the management of key projects, building relationships with colleagues and internal/external stakeholders. You will work closely with experienced, knowledgeable and highly skilled technical colleagues whilst learning the core processes of project management including; scheduling, management of risk, project assurance and financial management.

You will be a key part of a dynamic team, working on exciting projects in the field of Scientific Research. Duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting project managers to resolve any issues
  • Supporting project managers with project activities, such as reviewing budgets, managing risks, stakeholder management and progress updates
  • Reviewing project documentation
  • Project reporting; producing reports and MI
  • Project administration and monitoring
  • Supporting project management boards
  • Organising and attending project meetings; producing minutes and clear actions with SMART objectives
  • Communicate with staff of all levels across departments, as well as external partners.

The apprentice will gain first-hand exposure to the management of multi-million pound projects with the emphasis on learning in the workplace on live projects, supported by theoretical learning. In return, you will have the opportunity to make an impact on real projects early on in your role, where you’ll also learn the specialist skills tailored to the knowledge, skills and behaviours of a competent Project Manager. You will receive mentoring from trained project professionals as well as access to internal and external training courses.

We will support you to undertake paid apprenticeship training. In addition to this and “on the job” training, you will have opportunity to subscribe to professional online tutorial sites, attend technical courses, undertake various soft skills training, and take part in our organisation-wide apprentice networking and training events where you will meet and get to know other apprentices such as our computing, electronics, mechanical and electrical engineering apprentices. We will assign you a mentor for the duration of the scheme.

“Everyone I have had the opportunity to work with has helped me in my development and progression and through my experience and the support of those around me, I have been able to successfully progress within the organisation.” – Louise Smith, L4 Associate Project Management Apprentice and IT Project Manager/Business Analyst (STFC, Digital Infrastructure)

Qualifications you will achieve as part of your Project Management Apprenticeship:

  • Associate Project Manager Level 4 Apprenticeship
  • APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ).

This apprenticeship will provide you with the tools, knowledge and experience that is needed to successfully manage complex projects. It would ideally suit someone with some commercial/industry experience who is looking to move into a project support role whilst developing professional skills and accreditation in this area.

Please note that prospective applicants must not hold an existing qualification at the same or higher level as this apprenticeship in a similar subject.

Please see “Job Requirements” for more information.

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.

Criteria will be assessed through shortlisting (S), at Interview (I) or both (S&I)


  • 5 GCSE’s at minimum grade 4/C or equivalent to include English, Maths and one Science subject (S)
  • A minimum of 2 A Levels, or a BTEC, or previous Level 3 Apprenticeship. (S)

**Please note that prospective applicants must not hold an existing qualification at the same or higher level as this apprenticeship or in a similar subject.**


  • Previous commercial/industry experience this can include work undertaken whilst studying (S&I)
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written (S&I)
  • Excellent organisational skills (I)
  • Competent in Microsoft programs such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel (S&I)
  • Ability to follow instructions (I)
  • A self-starter; conscientious about self-development. (I)

Personal Qualities:

  • Can work as part of a team – an ability to gain credibility and build rapport with colleagues is a must (I)
  • Use own initiative, whilst demonstrating good attention to detail (I)
  • Enthusiasm (I)
  • Persistence (I)
  • Tenacity. (I)

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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