Apprentice Spectrum Engineer Office of Communications (Ofcom)

Do you want to gain an Engineering degree whilst developing practical skills & expertise across a range of technologies? Are you interested in understanding how wireless services can work together & how to facilitate new developments in technologies that we use daily? Our 4 year, degree apprenticeship programme could be the right choice for you.

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Closing date: today

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Standard Benefits Package: -Flexible benefits allowance -Pension allowance -25 days’ holiday -Private medical insurance -Life assurance -Annual health check -Income protection insurance

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, typically 9am to 5pm. We also support flexible ways of working, wherever possible, to help Ofcom colleagues to work flexibly in way that supports them

    Total hours per week: 35

  • Expected duration

    48 Months

  • Possible start date

    29 Aug 2023

  • Date posted

    10 Feb 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The successful candidate will:

  • Work closely with experienced engineers in the development of new methods to test different wireless technologies; and execute RF (radio frequency) measurements using test instruments such as signal generators and spectrum analysers 
  • Learn how to perform detailed analysis of results using software tools such as Python, MATLAB, SQL, etc; this will allow you to develop software coding and visualisation skills 
  • Occasionally participate in field measurements further across the country, working closely with colleagues in Assurance and Compliance roles 
  • Build a strong base of technical knowledge and progressively take on more complex projects
  • Engage in short term secondments to other Engineering related areas of the organisation; these include Spectrum Authorisation, Programme Making and Special Events (PMSE) and Licensing 

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

You will undertake a fully funded four-year, Level 6 Engineering Apprenticeship at Warwick University in addition to your on-the-job work commitments, as part of the apprenticeship studies you will attend regular block releases at Warwick, with Ofcom providing travel and local accommodation. 

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship we will support your application to a permanent role at Ofcom. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade Grade C/5 or Above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade Grade C/5 or Above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Stem Subject (Grade Grade C/5 or Above) Essential
A Level or equivalent Engineering or Stem Subject (Grade Grade C or Above) Essential
A Level or equivalent Maths (Grade Grade B or Above) Essential

Things to consider

Due to the location of this role and the need to travel between different sites a full driving licence is required. Additionally this opportunity is not open to applicants who have an undergraduate degree in Engineering or similar. If you have an Engineering & are interested in joining Ofcom, please consider our graduate scheme or other roles.

About the employer

As the UK regulator, our mission is to make sure communications work for everyone. Our remit covers the regulation of broadband and mobile telecoms, TV, radio, video-on-demand services, post, security and resilience of telecom networks and services, and we make sure that the radio spectrum is used in the most effective way.


Office of Communications (Ofcom)


Baldock Radio Monitoring Station

Royston Road



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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Electrical or electronic technical support engineer (degree)

Level 6 (Degree with honours)

Employer's Application Instructions

Please apply through our website. You will need to upload your CV and a covering letter (up to 500 words) telling us why you are interested. If your application goes through to the next stage, we will invite you to an assessment centre in April.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: today