Apprentice Spectrum Engineering Officer

  • Apprenticeship Reference: 627513218-2
  • Date Posted: 17 June 2022
  • Apprentice Employer: Omni RMS
  • Location: Edinburgh, Midlothian
  • Apprentice Pay: On Application
  • Apprenticeship Sector: Engineering, Civil Engineering, PR & Communications
  • Apprenticeship Type: Permanent

About this Apprenticeship

This is a fantastic - brand new opportunity for someone with the right mind set to join an expanding organisation, with medium - long term promotion prospects.

This is a great environment with flexible working practices who are looking for people who want to learn and progress within an organisation.

Team Overview

The role sits within Ofcom's Spectrum Assurance team under the Spectrum Group Directorate. Included in Ofom's statutory obligations is managing the UK civil radio spectrum under the 2006 Wireless Telegraphy Act. The role contributes towards Ofcom mission of making communications work for everyone in the UK by maintaining an interference free radio spectrum.

Purpose of the Role

The role is a 2 - year apprenticeship and the key purpose is to gain knowledge and experience in managing the civil radio spectrum in Scotland including tracing sources of harmful radio interference and follow up appropriate level of sanction. During the apprenticeship, progress will be guided and mentored by a Senior Spectring Engineering Officer. Following successful progression to Spectrum Engineering after two years, the role will be solely managing radio spectum in a geographical area in Scotland. The job holder will be reporting to the Nations Operations Manager and based at the Ofcom Edinburgh Office.

Key responsibilities

The job holders key responsibilities will be as follows:

  • The jobholder will be expected to demonstrate willingness to gain knowledge of UK civil radio
  • spectrum, radio spectrum interference mechanisms and applicable Wireless telegraphy Act
  • legislation
  • The job holder will be expected to reach quarterly milestones as set out in a 2 year apprentice
  • development program
  • Be willing to travel to training events in the UK which occasionally involve overnight stays
  • Participate in a 2- year Ofcom sponsored distance learning engineering HNC achieving at least
  • a pass grade or better
  • Open to mentoring and guidance from a Senior Spectrum Engineer and participate in regular
  • 1:1's with the Operations manager

Skills, Knowledge and experience

The apprentice role will involve the following key disciplines

  • The proficiency to solve engineering problems using date gathering and analytic skills.
  • Knowledge and application of UK WT Act legislation when breaches of the Act are identified.
  • Good interpersonal l skills when representing Ofcom to a wide range of external stakeholders
  • with the skill to explain complex engineering issues to a non- technical audience.
  • In situations where breaches of WT Act legislation are involved and a level of enforcement action
  • necessary, the ability to communicate in a firm but fair manner to a wide range of radio spectrum
  • users.


Hold al least two A level passes in Maths and Physics or equivalent qualifications