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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. 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.

We ran the Academy in Summer 2019. To register your interest for Summer 2020, please email careers@npl.co.uk

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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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