Dimensional Metrology Apprentice Science and Technology Facilities Council

STFC’s Dimensional Metrology Facility is looking to recruit a Dimensional Metrology Apprentice to join us in September 2023. We provide advanced technology and engineering in support of STFC’s funded activities and other high-profile international projects. We offer expertise in metrology as part of the Technology Department.

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Closing date: 26 Mar 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Rising incrementally to £16,608 in the third year

  • Working week

    37 hours per week, Monday - Friday. No shifts or weekend rotas, working hours TBC

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    04 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    07 Mar 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Extensive training will be provided as this role will involve:

  • Attending the Level 3 Metrology Technician course at the National Physical Laboratory in week blocks (6 blocks a year, 3-year course)
  • Inspecting engineering components to engineering drawings
  • Understanding engineering drawings and the use of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
  • To operate all machines within the facility when inspecting parts, utilising CAD driven measuring and reporting software
  • Produce concise and detailed measurement reports and documents for scientific and engineering staff
  • To liaise with customers about inspection jobs and if needed present your results to them
  • To follow safe working practices and organisational policies, procedures and requirements relating to health and safety
  • To take action when non-conforming tools, equipment, instrumentation, materials and software programs have been identified
  • To prepare the work environment and perform tests and checks on measurement tools, equipment, instrumentation and software programs and determine suitability for use

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

Through the training provider, the National Physical Laboratory, you will undertake a 3-year Level 3 Metrology Technician apprenticeship standard which will include:

  • Fully recognised apprenticeship qualification
  • On-the-job competency training
  • Theoretical knowledge

You will be required to attend the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) (6 blocks a year) as part of your training; you must therefore be willing and able to travel independently. NPL is based in Teddington, Middlesex, with easy access by car or public transport. Excess travel and subsistence costs will be covered.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

With training and support from experts in their fields, you’ll be enthusiastic about developing your knowledge, skills and behaviours, working towards completing your apprenticeship, gaining appropriate qualifications whilst making a real difference in your role.

If working with innovative technologies on world-leading research isn’t enough, you will develop both professionally and as a critical member of the team in an environment you won’t find anywhere else.

Our dedicated Apprenticeship Team will support you every step of the way, helping you make the most of your opportunities and to achieve the goals you already have - and those you have yet to discover!

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent STEM subject (Grade 4) Essential

Things to consider

We provide an opportunity to really pursue your interests and passion. You’ll have access to additional core skills development, access to a community of apprentices across the site, annual Apprentice awards evenings, a number of active sport and social groups across campus, and potential opportunities for overseas placements. STFC offers a benefits package crafted to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, an outstanding index linked pension scheme, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas closure and flexible working hours.

About the employer

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we ask the biggest questions in the universe to find answers that change the world around us. We seek understanding. We’re proud of the impact we make. And we’re committed to helping build a globally competitive, knowledge-based UK economy. Being part of all this means contributing to work that pushes boundaries and creates possibilities. You’ll work with, and learn from, true experts. Whatever your role, you’ll be free to question, and encouraged to share ideas. And, in a positive and supportive culture, you’ll discover just what a difference you can make when you’re equipped and inspired to excel. We’re a place where curious minds thrive. Not bound by profit, we explore ideas that others don’t, ask questions that others won’t, and discover answers that others are not equipped to find. And, alongside Mars landings and black holes, we also explore diverse, international projects in everything from science and engineering to computing and technology. Whether it’s at the cutting edge or behind the scenes, our work is intellectually challenging. It’s very often ground-breaking. And it’s endlessly, irresistibly fascinating. STFC has over 25 years’ experience in providing engineering apprenticeships and is an excellent training ground to equip individuals with relevant skills and experience in mechanical engineering. We offer a competitive salary that increases annually, 4 years supervised training and additional core skills development.


Science and Technology Facilities Council


Rutherford Appleton Laboratory



OX11 0QX

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Metrology technician

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

Online applications only; please submit a CV and covering letter outlining how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for STFC and the role. Ensure the job reference number is included in the filename of each document uploaded. Failure to address the above criteria or apply without a covering letter may result in the application not being considered. Assessment is based on the content of the covering letter and CV - not the ‘experience’ section of the application.

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

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Closing date: 26 Mar 2023