L4 DevOps Engineer Apprentice (UKRI) UK Research and Innovation

Based in ASTeC BPF (Business, Programmes and Facilities) Digital Technology Solutions Team and Digital Infrastructure, the successful candidate will learn both On Premise and Cloud Platform System Administration, assist in the development of departmental applications, coding and operating systems using Microsoft PowerApps.

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Closing date: 18 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday. Shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    21 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    19 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • You will undertake professional development and training as part of a cohort of computing apprentices with Estio Training completing the Level 4 DevOps Engineer Apprenticeship.
  • Will learn both On Premise and Cloud Platform System Administration.
  • You will assist in the development of departmental applications, coding and operating systems using Microsoft PowerApps, in conjunction with Data Management and Data Warehousing, to produce Operational Management Tools. 

The training you will be getting

Sessions will be delivered online once per month in 2 to 3 day blocks via a live Virtual Learning Environment and you will also be supported on a 1:1 basis throughout your apprenticeship by a dedicated Technical Coach. During the first 20 months of your apprenticeship, you will study:  


  • Principles of Software and IT Operations
  • Windows and Powershell
  • Linux and Bash
  • Cloud Providers
  • Cloud Infrastructure
  • Infrastructure as Code 1
  • Infrastructure as Code 2
  • Containerisation
  • APIs
  • Backend and Frontend Development 1
  • Backend and Frontend Development 2
  • Scripting, Coding, Auto-Testing
  • CI/CD Azure
  • Security in DevOps 

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

The role offers long term security and the opportunity to progress into a permanent position.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Team working, Initiative, To work independently


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade A*-C/9-4 or equivalent) Essential
GCSE or equivalent maths (Grade A*-C/9-4 or equivalent) Essential

About the employer

As 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. For more information about STFC please visit https://stfc.ukri.org/ You can also visit our careers site https://www.stfccareers.co.uk/


UK Research and Innovation


Daresbury Laboratory

Keckwick Lane



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Training provider


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

Apprenticeship standard

DevOps engineer

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

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 submit a CV and covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for UKRI and the role. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded.

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

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Closing date: 18 Mar 2024