National Physical Laboratory

Advanced Apprenticeships

Inspiring the next generation
Apprentices graduation 2015

What to expect

Learn more about what it is really like to be an Apprentice at NPL.


  • 27 days holiday
  • Life insurance
  • Pension
  • Free on-site parking
  • Membership to our sports and social club

Additional training

We pride ourselves on the additional training we provide our apprentices. You will learn how to present and communicate effectively, how to manage your time and work as part of a team. Our 2015 cohort will also receive Mindfulness training.

Would you like to be part of an organisation whose aim is to improve the quality of life for everyone in the UK?

Do you have a passion for science, engineering, finance and/or business? Would you like to continue learning and get paid at the same time?

Then why not develop your skills with an Advanced Apprenticeship at NPL?

During the apprenticeship you will be part of a close-knit professional team working alongside world-leading scientists and other professionals across the lab. You will take on real responsibility from Day One and become a valued member of our team.

NPL Management Limited is committed to supporting their people to develop both personally and professionally and is committed to equal opportunities.

The 5% Club

We are a proud member of The 5% Club, a campaign focused on creating momentum behind the recruitment of apprentices and graduates into the UK workforce. By joining the club, we have committed to the aim of ensuring that 5% of our UK workforce are apprentices, graduates or sponsored students on structured programmes within the next five years.

Find out more

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NPL is working in partnership with National Apprenticeship Service and our training providers who are CSR Group, Richmond upon Thames College and Kingston College.

There has never been a better time to consider an Apprenticeship:

Applying for an Advanced Apprenticeship at NPL

Applications for 2015's programme are now closed. We have a range of apprenticeships starting in September 2016 in Science, Engineering, Finance and Business Administration.

To register for next year's programme, please email

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What could happen next

In March 2015, NPL's first intake of Junior Scientists graduated from the programme and we held a graduation event to mark this special occasion. Read more

All eight apprentices were awarded their Level 3 BTEC and NVQ, and also gained accreditation from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Whilst there is no guarantee of a job at the end of the apprenticeship, all eight apprentices impressed us enough to have been offered positions with us as Assistant Research Scientists.


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