Measurement for our planet
Measurement for our planet

Following COP26, discover how NPL plays a key role in enabling climate action through the delivery of accurate, reliable data that supports decision making and enables low carbon innovation.


Work experience

Work experience: join the NPL Academy

We provide GCSE and A Level students with a real taster of work at the UK's leading measurement research laboratory. The NPL Academy is a fantastic way to make sure you get the most out of a week's worth of work experience. 

Typically, we welcome a cohort of about 30 students every year. There are always more applicants than places, so priority is given to those who can demonstrate that they have a genuine interest in science, engineering and business beyond the classroom.

It is with deep sadness that we announce we are unable to organise the NPL Academy 2021 due to COVID-19. We know that this will come as a disappointment. Our aim is to bring it back in 2022 and we shall be providing further information about the applications for NPL Academy 2022, in December 2021.

The Academy Projects 2020

What happens at the NPL Academy

You are given an introduction to NPL and the type of work we do, followed by a tour of several laboratories. You will take part in group exercises and be allocated a project to work on during your week.

One afternoon is spent on a team exercise and, weather permitting, this will involve building and launching water rockets. The final day is spent polishing a report on the week's work for presentation on the last afternoon to an audience of hosts, peers, teachers and parents. Prizes are given for the best presentations.

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.

We concentrate our energies into providing a top experience work placement scheme via the NPL Academy, and do not offer additional work experience places.

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