L4 DevOps Apprentice – Warrington


Level 4 DevOps Apprentice

Company: UKRI

Full Address: Science and Technology Facilities Council, Daresbruy Laboratory Keckwick Ln, Warrington, WA4 4AD

Weekly Hours Worked: 37

Salary: £21,700 per annum rising annually 

Closing Date: 18th February 2024

Interview Date: March 2024

Start Date: September 2024

We are recruiting for a Level 4 DevOps Apprentice to work at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire. ICT is essential to the science that we support. We need keen individuals to help us in supporting the IT systems required to keep STFC running.

You will be based in our Digital Infrastructure Group with IT Professionals where your daily duties will be to assist with  business platforms developments and complemented by formal training with Estio Ltd, where over two years you will complete a DevOps L4 Apprenticeship Course. You will develop and expand your technical competencies required to work within IT Infrastructure Role whilst providing support and assistance to staff and users throughout Daresbury Laboratory.

The Digital Infrastructure Group delivers first-class IT support and services that underpin the STFC scientific programme of activities and partner organisations.

About an Apprenticeship at STFC

With training and support from experts in their fields, you’ll be enthusiastic about developing your knowledge, skills and behaviours, working towards completing your apprenticeship, gaining appropriate qualifications whilst making a real difference in your role.

If working with innovative technologies on world-leading research isn’t enough, you will develop both professionally and as a critical member of the team in an environment you won’t find anywhere else.

Our dedicated Apprenticeship Team will support you every step of the way, helping you make the most of your opportunities and to achieve the goals you already have – and those you have yet to discover!

We provide an opportunity to really pursue your interests and passion. You’ll have access to additional core skills development, access to a community of apprentices across the site, annual Apprentice awards evenings, a number of active sport and social groups across campus, and potential opportunities for overseas placements.

STFC offers a benefits package crafted to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, an outstanding index linked pension scheme, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas closure and flexible working hours.

For a list of our full benefits, please visit here.

About the role

This Role requires candidates to be on site at Daresbury Laboratory where they will be involved in developing ASTeC’s Cloud and Site Infrastructure.

Based in ASTeC BPF (Business, Programmes and Facilities) Digital Technology Solutions Team and Digital Infrastructure, the successful candidate will learn both On Premise and Cloud Platform System Administration, assist in the development of departmental applications, coding and operating systems using Microsoft PowerApps, in conjunction with Data Management and Data Warehousing, to produce Operational Management Tools.

Alongside this, you will undertake professional development and training as part of a cohort of computing apprentices with Estio Training completing the Level 4 DevOps Engineer Apprenticeship. The modules you will complete, combined with real-world projects and experience, will provide you with the knowledge and skills to perform in a DevOps role.

Sessions will be delivered online once per month in 2 to 3 day blocks via a live Virtual Learning Environment and you will also be supported on a 1:1 basis throughout your apprenticeship by a dedicated Technical Coach.  During the first 20 months of your apprenticeship, you will study:


  • Principles of Software and IT Operations
  • Windows and Powershell
  • Linux and Bash
  • Cloud Providers
  • Cloud Infrastructure
  • Infrastructure as Code 1
  • Infrastructure as Code 2
  • Containerisation
  • APIs
  • Backend and Frontend Development 1
  • Backend and Frontend Development 2
  • Scripting, Coding, Auto-Testing
  • CI/CD Azure
  • Security in DevOps

From month 21, you will be supported on a 1:1 basis to prepare you for your End Point Assessment. The End Point Assessment will include the completion of a Workplace Project to enable you to demonstrate the required Knowledge, Behaviours and Skills followed by a Professional Discussion with the British Computing Society (BCS).

Person specification (Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and any special requirements) 

Key – (S) is measured at shortlisting, (I) is measured at interview, (S&I) are measured at both

In order to apply for the role, we are looking for the following:


  • Achieved or predicted to achieve 2 GCSE passes at Grade C/4 or above including Maths, English
  • Level 3 qualifications* such as:
  • 2 A Levels (A-C)
  • BTEC Level 3
  • T-Level
  • or a previous Level 3 Apprenticeship

Please give subjects and results in CV  

  • Good written communication skills as demonstrated in your CV and cover letter.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team.
  • Ability to work using own initiative.
  • Highly organised with the ability to work independently.


  • A clear understanding of programming (in any language).
  • A clear understanding of Data Analysis and processing raw data into meaningful information.
  • Ability to problem solve.

Important Information

To complete the apprenticeship, you will need to evidence passes at 9-4 or A*-C in GCSE (or equivalent) Maths and English. For those sitting their GSCEs in Summer 2024, we would need evidence of your predicted grades.

When applying for an apprenticeship, there is a set residency eligibility criteria that must be met by the applicant. To check your eligibility please click here.

The training provider will also ask you to complete an initial assessment during the application process. If you already have a qualification in this subject area or similar please include, as an attachment, your transcript outlining the grade/s achieved and modules covered.  By applying for this apprenticeship, you are giving permission for your details to be shared with the relevant training provider.

What could you achieve with the world-leading facilities and experts of one of Europe’s largest research organisations by your side? Join us and discover what’s possible.

We will be in touch after the closing date, however, please reach out on apprenticerecruitment@ukri.org if you have any questions.

Please note that we hold the right to close this vacancy early if a sufficient number of applications have been received.

About The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) 

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we ask the biggest questions in the universe to find answers that change the world around us. We seek understanding. We’re proud of the impact we make. And we’re committed to helping build a globally competitive, knowledge-based UK economy. Being part of all this means contributing to work that pushes boundaries and creates possibilities. You’ll work with, and learn from, true experts. Whatever your role, you’ll be free to question, and encouraged to share ideas. And, in a positive and supportive culture, you’ll discover just what a difference you can make when you’re equipped and inspired to excel.

We’re a place where curious minds thrive. Not bound by profit, we explore ideas that others don’t, ask questions that others won’t, and discover answers that others are not equipped to find. And, alongside Mars landings and black holes, we also explore diverse, international projects in everything from science and engineering to computing and technology. Whether it’s at the cutting edge or behind the scenes, our work is intellectually challenging. It’s very often ground-breaking.  And it’s endlessly, irresistibly fascinating.

For more information about STFC please visit https://stfc.ukri.org/ 

You can also visit our careers site https://www.stfccareers.co.uk/

About UK Research Innovation (UKRI) 

UKRI is an organisation that brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. Together, we build an independent organisation with a strong voice and vision ensuring the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

Supporting some of the world’s most exciting and challenging research projects, we develop and operate some of the most remarkable scientific facilities in the world. We are pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through fundamental research and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research, skills and business-led innovation.

More information can be found at www.ukri.org.

Choosing to come to work at UKRI means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme, excellent holiday entitlement, access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme.  For more details, visit benefits of working for UKRI.

How we support EDI in the workforce 

At UKRI, we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to thrive and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community. For further information, please visit ‘How we support EDI in the workforce’.

Disability Confident Employer

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation. How to apply 

Online applications only preferred for this role.

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Please submit a CV and covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for UKRI and the role. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit an application without a covering letter may result in the application not being considered. Assessment will only be based upon the content of your submitted covering letter and CV and not the ‘experience’ section of the application.

UKRI seeks to ensure it creates and maintains a system of openness, fairness and inclusion – a collaborative, trusted environment, which is attractive to and accessible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with us.

To apply for this job please visit www.careersportal.co.uk.


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