Apprentice Spectrum Engineering Officer - Birmingham Office of Communications (Ofcom)

Spectrum is a vital resource used by almost everyone, the radio spectrum connects our mobiles, wireless headphones, tablets & computers. Our Spectrum Engineering Officers will work out in the field, helping each other manage & protect the UK's radio spectrum, delivering a wide range of vital services to the UK businesses and consumers.

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Closing date: 29 Mar 2023

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

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

This unique opportunity will play a crucial role, inspiring the team to meet Ofcom’s ambition to make communications work for everyone. 

The successful candidate will:

  • Work with fellow SEO’s to assist the management team to help steer appropriate spectrum management.
  • Where necessary undertake enforcement action to resolve interference issues.
  • SEO’s will additionally monitor and proactively investigate improper use of the spectrum, to keep the UK businesses and consumers “on the air.”
  • Reach a good theoretical understanding of radio engineering matters
  • Develop an understanding of legal and case management matters and learn to apply them practically
  • Embed within operational team and develop practical skills including use of all SEO equipment
  • Develop good governance practices, including H&S 

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, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness


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

This role is field based, candidates will need to be a commutable distance to our Birmingham office & a full driving licence will be required upon completion of the apprenticeship. Additionally this opportunity is not open to applicants who have an undergraduate degree in Electronical Engineering or similar.

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)


Birmingham Operations Office

74 Ridgacre Lane


B32 1EN

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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: 29 Mar 2023