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Apprentice Spectrum Engineering Officer

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31 Aug 2022
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Job Description:

Development role to attain the academic and practical skills and abilities to enable the individual to carry out the duties of an Spectrum Engineering Officer after a 2 year period. Based in our Edinburgh Office. Permanent roles following the 2 year period could be UK wide (including Northern Ireland).

Key Responsibilities

  • Attain HNC in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

  • Reach an acceptable theoretical understanding of radio spectrum matters

  • Develop an understanding of legal and case management matters and learn to apply them practically

  • Develop and exhibit behaviours in line with Ofcom standards

  • Embed within operational team and develop practical skills including use of all SEO equipment

  • Develop good governance practices, including H&S

  • Willingness to travel across the UK to develop appropriate skills

  • Pass driving test by end of period

Essential skills /Experience

  • Must meet entry requirements 2 A levels, including maths or physics, grace C or above; or, BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in associated subject

  • Interest in radio spectrum / engineering

  • IT competent

  • Good communication skills

  • Proactive and positive in approach

  • Good team worker

Desirable skills / Experience

  • Results analysis and report writing

  • Member of a relevant institute eg IET or IEEE


Must meet entry requirements 2 A levels, including maths or physics, grace C or above; or, BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in associated subject

Ofcom is a forward-thinking, inclusive employer and recognises the value of diversity to truly “make communications work for everyone”. Here at Ofcom, our vision is to ensure people are part of an environment when they can truly strive and be themselves, therefore we aim to recruit from the widest pool of candidates possible – irrespective of social background, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender or disability. We are an organisation that strives to be truly representative of the whole of the UK and our aim is to be an employer of choice for everyone.


We champion flexible working and so wherever possible we support flexible working patterns including job shares.

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to interview disabled applicants who meets the minimum selection criteria of the role as outlined in the job specification, if applicants would like to be considered under this scheme. We pride ourselves on ensuring all candidates are treated fairly throughout the application and selection process including making our process as accessible as possible. You can find more information on the scheme here.

Should you require any adjustments to be made, please do contact us directly at


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We make sure people get the best from their broadband, home phone and mobile services, as well as keeping an eye on TV and radio.

We also oversee the universal postal service, which means Royal Mail must deliver and collect letters six days a week, and parcels five days a week, at an affordable and uniform price throughout the UK.

We look after the airwaves used by wireless devices like cordless phones, walkie talkies and even some car keys and doorbells.

We also help to make sure people don’t get scammed and are protected from bad practices. This is particularly important for vulnerable or older people.

Our duties come from Parliament. Our priority is to look after you, and we sometimes do this by promoting competition among companies we regulate.

We provide advice and information to thousands of people each year, through our website and call centre. We register complaints from people and businesses, which helps us to take action against firms when they let their customers down. Parliament has not given us powers to resolve people’s complaints about their broadband, home phone or mobile phone. Instead, these can be considered by alternative ‘dispute resolution’ services.

We also help to make sure people across the UK are satisfied with what they see and hear on TV and radio, and that programmes reflect the audiences they serve. We consider every complaint we receive from viewers and listeners. Often, we investigate further and we sometimes find broadcasters in breach of our rules.

We are independent, and funded by fees paid to us by the companies we regulate.

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