Get inspired to join the Diamond apprentice scheme! Our world changing science is underpinned by our technical staff, including engineers, technicians and apprentices. Learn more about how an apprenticeship at Diamond can lead to these exciting careers:
"There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a project at the start as a bunch of components, working on it, then seeing the end product be commissioned in the synchrotron."
"The apprenticeship has contributed massively to my development as a person, and I now feel like I could adapt to most work environments."
"At Diamond the projects that you can be involved in are truly amazing...The most enjoyable part is being able to assist scientists with their research."
"The work which you complete can be very fulfilling and give you a sense of pride in what you have helped achieve."
"The main advantage of an apprenticeship is that you get to experience where the things you learn will be used and given context, and hence you gain a sense of what you are doing and why."
"My apprenticeship has given me a broad experience which has proved so helpful, both as a technician and a design engineer."
"From looking at the apprenticeship scheme for those starting their careers I think Diamond does a great job. We have a varied set of placements and I feel we treat the apprentices with the respect they deserve."
"The best thing about an apprenticeship is developing skills both academically but also being able to use them in the workplace."
"The advantage of an apprenticeship is... the academic learning in the workplace gives you an advantage of demonstrated work experience (valuable to employers") as well as the degree qualification."
"With an apprenticeship you get a broader knowledge – so even if you end up designing you know exactly the process required... Some things cannot be learnt in just a classroom!"
"Apprenticeships prepare you for the working world, working with a variety of people, the rules of working life."
"A good apprentice is someone that can adapt to work in both small and large groups and on their own, as well as come up with alternative suggestions to be able to solve problems with the skills they have learnt."
"An apprenticeship gives you preparation for work in the real world – which differs greatly from what academic study can lead you to believe!"
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