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NPL celebrates impact of apprentices

National Apprenticeship week (8 – 14 February) highlights the opportunity and value that apprentices bring to the UK today.

The apprenticeship scheme at NPL offers young people the chance to make a real impact. They push the boundaries of education and skills and make a difference to the biggest challenges facing the UK and beyond.

NPL’s apprenticeship scheme started in 2013, with 10 apprentices and last year we celebrated recruiting our 100th apprentice. A momentous milestone in a programme that has enabled some enthusiastic and talented people to develop knowledge and skills, whilst getting their first taste of working in an exciting organisation.   

NPL’s well established Apprenticeship Scheme has a portfolio of offerings across all aspects of the business to suit everyone. Six years ago, we started with Junior Science apprenticeships and since then have added Engineering, Metrology, Business Administration, Marketing, Finance and IT.

The Apprenticeship Scheme has provided a new source of skills and talent, as well as great ambassadors for NPL. 80% of our apprentices have gone on to permanent roles within NPL or secured part-funding towards a degree.

More than just apprenticeships, NPL provides support and helps to build skills for life; including personal development, mental health awareness, IT training and Outreach opportunities.

NPL developed the first ever Metrology Apprenticeship course, to enable a new pipeline of sought-after talent to industry, contributing to the long-term success of the metrology profession and the economy. The first ever cohort recently graduated, completing both on and off the job training and developing the essential metrology skills and knowledge required.

Each day this week we’ll be sharing the stories and experiences of some of our apprentices during their time at NPL. Follow along on social here.

Frankie Falksohn, Apprentice, Medical Radiation Physics said: “In the future, I would like to work in science research and development. My apprenticeship was the best preparation for this because I got to ‘practice’ exactly how research would be carried out if I was full time staff. My apprenticeship has also enabled me to build a network which I believe is important for professional development.”

08 Feb 2021