Apprentices and work experience
We continue to invest in apprenticeships across NPL and in 2022 had 30 apprentices across science, engineering, measurement science and business administration programmes, filling our talent pipeline for the future.
In 2022 we hosted two students on the Government-led kick starter programme, which offers young people claiming Universal Credit, a six-month work placement.
NPL Academy was rebooted post-pandemic as a week-long online work placement, providing 47 students with work experience in 8 areas of science and business. We increased our national reach, with participants taking part from all over the UK.
We hosted 100 civil service colleagues from the Government's Science and Engineering Fast Stream programme.
“I love working at NPL because of the brilliant diversity and culture that resonates throughout the staff. There are so many rewarding aspects to being a scientist at NPL, but the one that stands out above all is knowing what a massive impact the work we are doing is making around the world!”
Katie Obee, Junior Science Apprentice, Dimensional Metrology
The first ever Glazebrook Apprentice Award
Saskia Burke, Assistant Research Scientist was the first recipient of the Glazebrook Apprentice Award for her ability to process complex theory and apply this practically, as well recognition for the wide variety of outreach activities she has immersed herself in since joining NPL.
Postgraduate Institute – new students and increased collaborations
In 2022 students transitioned into a post-pandemic world of blended physical and digital engagement, delivering critical measurement solutions to diverse global challenges:
The range of destinations of PGI alumni include:
- 40% industry
- 23% academia
- 20% NPL
A year in the PGI 2022
Hear from our PGI Alumni
“Over three years in the PGI I’ve attended a wide range of events, including workshops on practical and personal skills development, technical training, and also had the opportunity to present my work at the annual conference. It’s been wonderful to connect with a wide network of students working on a diverse range of scientific applications that are all linked by metrology.”
Rachel Clark, Postgraduate Researcher from Cardiff University
Read Rachel's pioneering through quantum computing project
During 2022 we launched a programme of collaboration with two international partners, the University of São Paulo and INMETRO in Brazil.
“[The PGI] has provided me with valuable metrology knowledge and the chance to be involved in an international research project related to my PhD. I feel confident to bring the acquired skills and knowledge back to my country.” Renán Quijano, talking about the skills he developed as a postgraduate researcher and how they could be implemented to benefit his native country, Mexico.
"The PGI is shaping collaborative research and providing a portal for PhD engagement that is inclusive, sustainable and agile to partners across the globe." Dr Peter Thompson, Chief Executive Officer