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Oxfordshire: Harwell Research Campus hosts open day for apprenticeships

By Dan Teuton
25 August 2016

Over 70 young people attended a recent Apprentices Open Day at the Harwell Research Campus and learnt about the career opportunities for an engineering apprentice, who would work on projects ranging from building particle accelerators to testing satellites.

The Open Day offered the visitors, aged from 14-18, a chance to meet many of the current apprentices at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). They also tried their hands at a range of activities which could be undertaken as part of four-years’ paid training in electrical, electronic, mechanical and software engineering.

Dr Chris Mutlow, director of STFC’s RAL Space, said: “We are offering opportunities to be part of great teams involved in cutting-edge work. We have apprentices in our Space-test facility who are involved in testing instrumentation that goes in to space and contributing to extremely important space missions.”

In RAL Space every single person working in the world-leading Precision Development Facility, including the facility manager Mat Beardsley, began as a RAL apprentice.

As well as working at the Harwell campus, the apprentices get the opportunity to undertake short-term international placements. This summer 11 of the STFC apprentices are working at other major international laboratories including CERN which is the home of the Large Hadron Collider, the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) and the Institut Laue-Langevin.