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. 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.

Please register below to apply to take part in The Academy which will be taking place from the 6 – 10 July 2020. The closing date for applications is 14 February 2020. We will inform you if you have been selected by 21 February 2020.

The Academy Projects 2020

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I confirm that the student below, of whom I have parental responsibility for, has permission to apply for the work experience week taking place from 6 - 10 July 2020 at NPL


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The Academy in 2020 will be geared towards Apprenticeships and designed to give you an insight into what an Apprenticeship at NPL might be like. In no more than 500 words, please tell us why you would like to come to NPL and why you are considering an Apprenticeship. Please bear in mind that this is the main decider as to who is chosen and you must complete this section yourself.
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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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