Apprentice Building Services Engineer ROTHAMSTED RESEARCH LIMITED

The Apprentice Building Service Engineer at Rothamsted Research will be an exciting opportunity for an individual to learn a vast range of skills involved in Building Services from Electrical works, Heating and Ventilation Air Conditioning works (HVAC), Building Management systems and Controlled Environments.

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

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Closing date: 29 Dec 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday 8.00am - 4.30pm

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    08 Jan 2024

  • Date posted

    24 Oct 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • The post will be for 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday, with workplace based in Harpenden. From September 2024, the individual is required to attend the engineering trust location in Bicester (Oxfordshire) for day release for 2 years, so ability to travel to this location is essential
  • During Year 1, the apprentice will be involved in learning how system works, assisting in a range of tasks from reactive to planned maintenance of items for electrical, HVAC and controlled environments whilst supervised and mentored at all times by senior colleagues
  • Year 2 will involve the individual carrying works on all systems, whilst being supervised and advised by an experiences skilled engineer
  • Year 3/4 will see the individual independently completing works such as commissioning / testing, certification completion and fault finding on all systems, whilst being supervised by an experienced by skilled engineer
  • During the apprenticeship, you may work with:
  • Heating Ventilation Air conditioning / Controlled environments: install, maintenance and repair
  • Understanding the regulations and learning health and safety requirements for carrying out works such as Lock of Tag Off (LOTO) - risk assessment and method statement (RAMS), COSHH, PPE etc.
  • Electrical (Low Voltage ) - install ,maintenance and repair. Understanding the regulation. Learning health and safety requirements for carrying out works such as Lock of Tag Off (LOTO) - risk assessment and method statement (RAMS), Control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH), Personal Protective equipment (PPE ) etc.
  • Building Management Systems - Operations and understanding the working of system
  • Health and Safety following Rothamsted Research procedures and safety policies, reporting near misses and incidents, working safely at all times and safety training
  • Other courses related to Building Services will be provided during the apprenticeship, depending on skill levels

The training you will be getting

  • Qualifications included:

  • Building Services Engineering Service and Maintenance Engineer Apprenticeship Standard

  • Company Training Plan & Assessment

  • Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Building Services Engineering Technology and Project Management

  • Level 2 Functional Skills - Maths (If required)

  • Level 2 Functional Skills - English (If required)

  • End Point Assessment at the end of the apprenticeship

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Following completion of the apprenticeship, the apprentice would now be a qualified Building Services Engineer.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Patience, Physical fitness, Time Management, Interest in Engineering, Interest in Building Services


GCSE or equivalent A Min of 5 GCSE's inc Science, English & Maths (Grade 5-9 / C-A*) Essential

Things to consider

The role will require you to be on your feet for a lot of the day, with standing, bending etc,. The day release will be to Bicester, Oxfordshire, so an ability to travel in busy traffic will be essential. The apprentice must be willing to travel one day every week as required, with their own transport, and have the correct business use insurance to do this. As this is considered part of the apprenticeship, the cost will need to be factored in by the successful candidate too.

About the employer

Rothamsted Research is a not for profit agricultural scientific research institute, with sites in Harpenden and Devon, with a range of facilities from laboratory, to farm, to offices, with approximately 400 employees, and a range of other organisations working onsite in the facilities we look after. Rothamsted is a supportive and interesting environment, with a range of colleagues from research scientists, to Finance and Grants professionals, to Gardeners and this means a range of roles and services to support in this role. We offer 25 days annual leave, plus Bank holiday and have a Christmas closedown each year (to be advised by the CEO every year); we have a range of social clubs onsite; generous pensions scheme available to all








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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


Sally Parr

07879 128768

Apprenticeship standard

Building services engineering service and maintenance engineer

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

Please use the link to fill out an application form.

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

Apply now

Closing date: 29 Dec 2023