Science and Technology Facilities Council

Apprentice Public Engagement Programme Assistant - Advanced (Level 3)

Science and Technology Facilities Council (Employer)

Abingdon and Witney College (Training Provider)

Annual wage £14,268.00
37.5 hours per week Full time hours Monday - Friday (times TBD) on a fixed term two year employment contract (the apprenticeship training and assessment will take 18 months)
2 years (duration)
7 March 2022(start date)
Business administrator (apprenticeship standard)
30 January 2022 (application closing date)
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Job Description

We are looking for an enthusiastic Business Administrator apprentice to join our Public Engagement Team in Rutherford Appleton Laboratory to support us in coordinating STFC staff involvement with public engagement events. Your daily duties will be varied and complemented by formal training at Abingdon & Witney College.


Public Engagement at STFC 

We are looking for an enthusiastic person to join our friendly Public Engagement Team. The National Laboratories Public Engagement Group, composed of 13 team members, supports STFC in inspiring and exciting the public about our science and technology through events and activities. A key part of this is involving STFC staff in these events to give insight into their work. We are looking for someone to support us in coordinating early career staff involvement with public engagement events. 

About the role 

This is a two-year Level 3 Business Administrator apprenticeship supporting the National Laboratories Public Engagement and Early Careers teams with the delivery of the Early Careers Engagement Project across the three National Laboratories public engagement sites—Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, Daresbury Laboratory in Liverpool City Region, and Royal Observatory Edinburgh. 

We are looking for an apprentice to join our team who is enthusiastic and interested in completing a Level 3 Business Administrator apprenticeship. You will be based with the Public Engagement Team in Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire where your daily duties will be varied and complemented by formal training with a local training provider, Abingdon & Witney College. During the 2 years of the apprenticeship, you will develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to successfully achieve a Level 3 Business Administrator apprenticeship.  

The main duties of the role are: 

  • Building and maintaining relationships with early career staff through regular communication in a business environment 
  • Maintaining an accurate and accessible contact database 
  • Shared responsibility for public inboxes – including replying in a timely manner, answering queries, maintaining accurate and easily accessible records 
  • Providing input for early careers staff training development 
  • Coordinating and organising training sessions for early career staff 
  • Coordinating volunteering opportunities for early careers staff, which can include liaising directly with schools, universities or colleges, arranging transport and/or arranging delivery of materials 
  • Supporting the preparation and coordination of Health and Safety documentation 
  • Maintaining accurate and accessible records of early career staff volunteering and training 
  • Supporting the Public Engagement Team with delivery of on-site events 

Future Prospects

  • For the right candidate, upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, there may be the opportunity to progress onto further apprenticeship study or into full-time employment with the STFC

Reality Check

  • The successful applicant must be able to travel by their own arrangements to Abingdon & Witney College for 10 days classroom training (dates to be confirmed) and to Rutherford Appleton Laboratory for the remaining time
  • This role will also require occasional travel between the three public engagement sites
  • Candidates shortlisted to the final stage (following interview with UKRI) will be required to complete literacy and numeracy tests, a residency check and an interview with Abingdon & Witney College prior to being accepted onto the apprenticeship programme
  • Interviews are expected to be held in February 2022

Skills Required

  • Good written communication skills as demonstrated in your application 
  • Ability to communicate clearly and professionally, verbally and in writing, with a variety of people  
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office products – particularly Word, Excel and Outlook 
  • Attention to detail/accuracy 
  • Experience of being part of a team or group 
  • Time management skills 
  • Organisational skills 

Qualities Required

  • Enthusiasm for/interest in completing a Level 3 Business Administrator apprenticeship 
  • Interest in and enthusiasm for STFC science  
  • Experience building positive relationships with people in different roles and with different personalities 

Qualifications Required

  • Candidates will need to have obtained at least four GCSEs at Grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths, or equivalent qualifications or demonstrated relevant experience

Training Provided

Business administrators have a highly transferable set of knowledge, skills and behaviours that can be applied in all sectors. This includes small and large businesses alike; from the public sector, private sector and charitable sector.

The role may involve working independently or as part of a team and will involve developing, implementing, maintaining and improving administrative services. Business administrators develop key skills and behaviours to support their own progression towards management responsibilities.


  • 15 months practical training period, plus 3 months for End Point Assessment

Delivery model:

  • Work-based training with your employer
  • 10 days college attendance to complete the Business Professionals course
  • Approximately 12 on-site assessment visits per year
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English (7 days at college for each, if required)
  • Off the job training will count for at least 20% of an apprentice’s time at work

Qualifications included:

  • Level 3 Business Administrator Apprenticeship Standard
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths, if required

End Point Assessment:

  • Knowledge test
  • Portfolio based interview
  • Project/improvement presentation
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