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Providing GCSE and A Level students with a real taster of work at the UK's leading measurement research laboratory.

The Academy

Video created by Academy students, showcasing the NPL Academy in 2012


It opened my eyes to opportunities…

Academy student

NPL works in partnership with the Social Mobility Foundation

Social Mobility Foundation

The NPL Academy was introduced in 2008 to give GCSE and A Level students a structured opportunity to get the most out of a week's worth of work experience at one of the UK's leading scientific establishments. This year's work experience Academy will be focusing on giving individuals an insight into what an apprenticeship at NPL would be like.

Students are given an introduction to NPL and the type of work we are involved with, followed by a tour of the lab. There are also a number of group exercises so individual students can get to know each other. The students are then 'passed over' to a host in the business who will allocate them to a specific project to work on during their week here.

One afternoon is spent on an Academy team exercise and, weather permitting, this will involve building and launching water rockets.

The morning of the final day is spent polishing reports on the week's work for presentation on the last afternoon to an audience comprising hosts, peers, teachers and parents. Prizes are given for the best presentations.

If you are considering an apprenticeship in either Science, Engineering, IT or Business, then join us for the next Academy. It will give you a real taster of what an apprenticeship at NPL might be like.

Typically we welcome a cohort of 30–35 students, though competition is intense – there are usually about four applicants per place. Priority is given to those who can demonstrate that they have a genuine interest in science and engineering beyond the classroom and will prioritise those interested in taking part in our Apprenticeship Programme.

NPL concentrates its energies in providing a top experience work placement scheme, so does not offer additional placements.

NPL Academy 2019: Application

Application for NPL Academy 2019 is now open.

Find out what roles we have on offer and how to apply by clicking here

Deadline for applications is 31 January 2019

Click here to view photos from a previous NPL Academy.

Dates for your diary

15 December 2018:
Application for NPL Academy 2019 opens

31 January 2019:
Deadline for applications

8 – 12 July 2019:
NPL Academy 2019 takes place

Where are they now?

The NPL Academy can really help solidify your career choices - find out here what previous Academy students are now up to

The NPL Academy is run in conjunction with Achieving for Children, supported by the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames   Achieving for Children


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