Video created by Academy students, showcasing the NPL Academy in 2012
Although the work was more challenging than school, I found it easier – thanks to support from NPL scientists…
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 2017 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.
Application for NPL Academy 2017 has now closed, but you can see the types of roles on offer by clicking here
Click here to view photos from a previous NPL Academy
Dates for your diary
1 December 2016:
Application for NPL Academy 2017 opens
31 January 2017:
Deadline for applications
10 - 14 July 2017:
NPL Academy 2017 takes place
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