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STFC scoops major apprenticeship award

Apprentices celebrate at STFC’s own apprenticeship awards in 2019 at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. They are joined by Mark Thomson, STFC Executive Chair (far left) and Helen Johnson, Head of Apprenticeships (far right).

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) has won the prestigious Institute of Physics (IOP) Apprenticeship Employer Award 2020.

The award celebrates employers who demonstrate commitment and contribution to scientific and engineering apprenticeship schemes.

Outstanding range of apprenticeships

STFC has been recognised in the ‘larger employer’ category for its outstanding range of apprenticeships across the country. The apprenticeships provide young people and adults with opportunities to expand their knowledge and confidence whilst being trained in exceptional facilities.

Helen Johnson, Head of Apprenticeships for STFC said:

It’s so exciting that our apprenticeship scheme has been recognised in this way by the IOP. We work hard to provide a well-rounded, first-class scheme in a supportive, collaborative environment led by experts across many fields.

Apprenticeships are a fundamental part of STFC’s strategic vision. They are a great way of attracting new talent, helping to ensure that we have access to the people and skills needed to support the complex needs of our expanding portfolio.

World-class opportunities

STFC offers a host of exceptional apprenticeship schemes, including engineering, computing, business admin and carpentry, to name a few, across its sites at:

  • Daresbury Laboratory
  • Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
  • UK Astronomy Technology Centre.

Apprentices work with incredibly advanced technologies and equipment on some of the most exciting, real-world research projects. Not only do they get the opportunity to rotate across different departments to maximise their experience, they also get the opportunity to work at leading research institutes abroad, such as at CERN.

Helen added:

All of these valuable opportunities open so many doors for our apprentices at STFC, enabling them to build relationships with many other employees, propelling them into successful careers across our various operations.

Top image: Apprentices celebrate at STFC’s own apprenticeship awards in 2019 at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. They are joined by Mark Thomson, STFC Executive Chair (far left) and Helen Johnson, Head of Apprenticeships (far right). (Credit: STFC)

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