Whether you’ve just left school, changed career, or are seeking a challenging alternative to university, STFC offers a range of opportunities to launch your new career through one of our Apprenticeship programmes.

With highly-tailored training and support, you’ll relish the opportunity to work towards valued qualifications and develop expertise whilst making a real difference in your role. 

If working with cutting-edge technologies on world-leading research, engineering, and computing projects isn’t enough, you will be able to develop both professionally and as a critical member of the team in an environment you won’t find anywhere else.

Wherever your ambitions lie, our dedicated Apprenticeship team will support you every step of the way, helping you make the most of your opportunities and to achieve the goals you already have – and those you have yet to discover.

Engineering Apprenticeships at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and Daresbury Laboratory

Our 4-year advanced engineering apprenticeship is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and is a great way to start your engineering career.

The first year is spent with a training provider where you will learn fundamental hand-skills.

At Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (Harwell, Oxfordshire) your first year will be spent at Oxfordshire Advanced Skills at Culham.

At Daresbury Laboratory (Cheshire) your first year will be spent at North West Training Council, Merseyside.

In years 2 to 4 you will continue your apprenticeship, rotating between departments and learning by being directly involved on projects in our exciting facilities, as well as continuing your academic studies on day release.

Apprentice Awards Evening held at the Pickavance Lecture Theatre – Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

“After completing my secondary school work experience on the RAL Site, I wanted to get onto the apprenticeship scheme. When I started my apprenticeship I was provided with extremely valuable and practical training in all areas and departments on the RAL site. This included working on particle accelerators and creating parts for a space satellite. I studied my BTEC, HNC, HND and have just finished my degree supported by STFC. This has given me a strong start to my career as a design engineer”

Ben Sargent

Computing Apprenticeship at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and Daresbury Laboratory

Computing is essential to the science that STFC supports. We need keen individuals to support us in the development of new software and systems. We are recruiting Computing apprentices to work at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (Harwell, Oxfordshire) and at Daresbury Laboratory (Cheshire).

You will be based in a group with computing professionals in one of the STFC departments. During the apprenticeship scheme you will rotate between several departments gaining a range of experience. These placements will complement formal training and are developed to support you as you work towards a BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions Degree.

Other Apprenticeships at STFC

We have roles based at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in South Oxfordshire and at our Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire.

Other apprenticeship opportunities include ICT Infrastructure Support, Business Administration, Project Management, Heating & Ventilation and Carpentry apprenticeships.

Apprenticeship opportunities are advertised as vacancies arise and are advertised on Top Career, Indeed, the National Apprenticeship Service websitethe UCAS website and also on our social media pages.

Left: Please see our average interview process outline for apprenticeships.


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