Advanced/Higher Engineering Apprenticeship in UK Research and Innovation at Warrington, England, United Kingdom

Website UK Research and Innovation

This listing is about UK Research and Innovation in Warrington, England, United Kingdom
in 2022

About the job

Salary: £11,925 per annum rising incrementally to £18,402 in the fourth year

Contract Type: Fixed Term (4 – 6 years)

Hours: Full Time

Closing Date: Sunday 10th April 2022

Interview Dates: W/C 3rd May 2022

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), part of UK Research and Innovation, is a place where curious, blue-skies thinking meets practical, application-led science and engineering. One of Europe’s largest research organisations, we’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering 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. The work we do is helping to shape societies, strengthen economies and transform lives. We are dedicated to collaboration.

STFC has a broad science portfolio and works with the academic and industrial communities to share its expertise. Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire has been at the forefront of groundbreaking international scientific research for over fifty years. 300 staff continue to push the boundaries of modern science in fields such as accelerator science, biomedicine, physics, chemistry, materials, engineering and high performance computing.

Whether you’re about to leave school/college, changing career, or are seeking an exciting alternative to university, this could be just the start you’re looking for – an Engineering Apprenticeship in Electrical, Electronic or Mechanical Engineering at the STFC Daresbury Laboratory. Our Engineering apprenticeships are approved by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and provide an excellent chance to initiate your Engineering career. 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, 4-6 years supervised training, additional core skills development and the opportunity to undertake overseas placements.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

Your first year will be spent at the North West Training Council (NWTC) in Liverpool, where you develop a wide range of generalised engineering skills including: machining and hand-fitting techniques; electrical and electronic wiring, testing and maintenance; mechanical assembly; maintenance and turning; milling and welding.

From year 2 onwards, you will be based at Daresbury Laboratory (DL) where you will continue your apprenticeship gaining more specialised skills. The learning will be provided through several departments providing extensive experience in broadening your knowledge and providing exposure to the full spectrum of working in a sophisticated pioneering facility. You 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. You will be encouraged to support collaborations from all over the world as they continue to push back the barriers of science.

As an Engineering apprentice, you will undertake learning and development to become an accomplished Technician in one of three areas:

Electronic Engineering Apprentices will have the opportunity to learn about innovative pioneering high speed electronics, from single integrated circuits to huge data acquisition systems. When fully assembled these systems are used in scientific research all over the world.

Electrical Engineering Apprentices will be installing cabling, including single and 3-phase mains, large, high voltage conductor cables, 24V controls and soldering sensitive 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 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.

Mechanical Engineering Apprentices 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. You will also support work in vacuum, gasses, cryogenics and mechanical design.

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 on your own. You will also have contact with college and/or university tutors and visitors to the site.

Personal Skills And Attributes

We are looking for individuals who have or will have achieved a minimum x 5 GCSE passes at Grade C/4 or above including Maths, English and a Science subject by September 2022.

For Higher Level Apprenticeships at Level 6, you must also hold qualifications at Level 3, such as x 3 A Levels at Grade A – C or a BTEC Extended Diploma.

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 and Interview Criteria


  • Achieved or predicted to achieve 5 GCSE passes at Grade C/4 or above including Maths, English and a STEM subject by September 2022 (or equivalent qualifications)
  • For Level 6 Apprenticeships, you must also hold qualifications at Level 3, such as x 3 A Levels at Grade A – C or a BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A strong and demonstrable interest in science, engineering and technology
  • Ability to demonstrate some basic technical engineering knowledge and skill
  • 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.


  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office

You are advised to submit your application as soon as possible as we reserve the right to close this vacancy once we have received sufficient applications.

About The Science And Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

The STFC is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation where curiosity, 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.

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we’re trusted to support, enable and undertake ground-breaking projects in an outstanding diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving progressive 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

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About UK Research Innovation (UKRI)

UKRI is an organisation that brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. Together, we build an independent organisation with a strong voice and vision ensuring the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

Supporting some of the world’s most exciting and challenging research projects, we develop and operate some of the most remarkable scientific facilities in the world. We are pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through fundamental research and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research, skills and business-led innovation.

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Disability Confident Employer

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

How To Apply

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit a CV and covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for UKRI and the role. 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 an application without a covering letter may result in the application not being considered. Assessment will only be based upon the content of your submitted covering letter and CV and not the ‘experience’ section of the application.

UKRI seeks to ensure it creates and maintains a system of openness, fairness and inclusion – a collaborative, trusted environment, which is attractive to and accessible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with us.

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Job Location: Warrington, England, United Kingdom

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