Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Graduate Scheme
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is a UK government agency that carries out science and engineering research. They work to fund UK research into unique areas such as particle physics, nuclear physics, space science, and astronomy.
At Skern Training and Skills, we have been working with STFC on their apprenticeships scheme for the past five years. We also recently started working with STFC on their graduate scheme. The critical difference is that with apprenticeship schemes, STFC (and many employers) want to focus on the behavioural development aspect through activity-based learning. Whereas with the Graduate scheme, STFC (and again many employers) want to focus the learning outcomes around management and leadership skills, which requires more classroom-based learning and unique ways to bring the theory to life for the learners.
In this case, STFC were looking to develop their graduates' leadership and management skills and wanted to focus on the 'business's crystal competencies' (such as communication, responsibility and integrity), which were part of STFC's corporate mission.
Being older than the previous apprenticeships we had supported STFC on, we had been forewarned that some of the graduates were sceptical of the programme. Therefore, the Skern team carefully developed a bespoke programme for 48 graduates to incorporate all aspects, with fun practical and classroom activities. The course included abseiling, a rib ride and several hikes of the area.
Leeanne, [insert job title], said: "We already knew Skern has a huge impact on our apprentices as at the end of their training, often, even years later, when they are asked to fill out paperwork, they still mention how much confidence the experience gave them.”
Leanne continued: “We wanted this for our graduate scheme, it is an excellent way for the team to get to know the other graduates in a different and more relaxed environment. You can always spot the ones who might be a bit of trouble or those who have had a lightbulb moment. It also helps to have that period away from the workplace to bond. Some people were quite negative at the start and didn't want to come along as they didn't think they would learn anything, but by the end of it, their attitude had changed, the penny dropped, and they said, 'you were right’. It's precious to gain all those skills and for most, Skern will be the first time they have come together."
Leanne finalised: "All of this shows how important the training programme is to the business, which is also why they aren't cancelling it this year and will do it as soon as we are able to (COVID dependent!)."
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Skern Training and Skills
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Flexible, adaptable and bespoke programme
Professional passionate team
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