Work experience

What is STFC?

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations, supporting scientists and engineers and running experiments around the UK and worldwide.

Our activities cover a wide range of science, engineering and technology, including materials science, engineering and instrumentation, particle physics, space science, accelerator-based technologies, information technology and computer science.

Inspiring young people and the wider public is one of STFC’s main objectives. This is achieved through a focused programme of public engagement, promoting careers in science, engineering and technology to maintain the quality of the UK programme.

STFC work experience programme

Daresbury Laboratory (DL), Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) and UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC) offer work experience placements to Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 students each year, many from local schools and around the country.

As far as possible they are placed depending on the interests they indicate on the application form.

COVID-19 update: the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our work experience provision. It is essential to us that we deliver an experience which is safe and useful for young people.

Find out more:


For enquiries about the STFC work experience programme at:

Daresbury Laboratory


Rutherford Appleton Laboratory


UK Astronomy Technology Centre


Last updated: 14 September 2023

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