1. ABOUT USIf you watched, listened to or readthe news this morning, it is likely theMet Office played an important part inmuch of the coverage, over and abovetoday’s weather forecast. An agency of theDepartment of Business, Innovation andSkills (BIS), the Met Office is probably bestknown for its television and radio weatherbulletins. What you may not know iswe also supply many other businessesand organisations with daily weathersummaries, products and advice — such asthe aviation industry, utilities companies,marine and offshore work, local councils,the Department for Environment, Foodand Rural Affairs (Defra), the EnvironmentAgency, the Foreign and CommonwealthOffice and the military (to name a few).Our accuracy in forecasting, advising andwarning governments, businesses andindividuals what the weather has in storefor the next hour to the next season aheadis unrivalled and respected worldwide.No other national meteorological serviceinterprets and applies its forecasts in thesame level of detail to meet such a widerange of individual customers’ needs andonly the Met Office is synonymous withboth the weather and climate change.Our vision is to be recognised as the bestweather and climate service in the world.We will measure our success by the qualityof service we provide to our customers andusers, the value we add to their activitiesand the value for money represented byour services.To achieve our vision we need to recruittalented individuals from across thescientific community who are passionateabout meteorology, want to train asoperational forecasters and would relishthe opportunity to work at locations acrossthe world.We are recruiting now to fill a trainingcourse starting in October 2013, whichtakes up to eleven months to complete.The course is designed to train you towork as a forecaster at any one of ouroperational sites.
2. FORECASTING ACTIVITYHow to become an operationalforecasterA degree in a science-based subject isan essential requirement if you wish tobecome a forecaster. If you have a suitabledegree and a proven interest in theweather, we can offer you a comprehensivetraining programme that will provide youwith the skills and knowledge you need fora career in weather forecasting.Your degree need not be in Meteorology.Trainees suitably qualified in Physics,Mathematics, Environmental Sciences andGeography, amongst many other subjects,have successfully passed through ourforecaster training programme.We provide an Initial Forecasting Course(IFC) that is designed to train, test andconfirm your meteorological knowledgeand build your operational forecastingexperience.Training includes:• Observing methods and equipment• Analysing and interpreting various data,including:º º Surface observationsº º Satellite and radar imageryº º Products for Numerical WeatherPrediction models• Aspects of meteorological theory• Practical forecasting:º º Forecasting techniquesº º Scriptwritingº º Forecast deliveryº º Customer requirementsDuring the on-the-job training you willwork under the close supervision of aqualified forecaster, producing products inreal time for real customers. Initially, thiswill be carried out for practice purposesonly. However, as your skills develop theproducts will be sent out to customers,after quality control checks by yourqualified forecaster supervisor.Towards the end of your training, you’llbe required to complete a competenceassessment against the NationalOccupational Standards that underpinQCF Level 5 Meteorological ForecastingQualifications. Once you have successfullydemonstrated your skills you’ll be readyto take up post as a forecaster at theMet Office.Follow this link to find out what it’s liketo work as a forecaster at the Met Office.Forecasting toolsThe role of a forecaster is dependent onforecast model data. Numerical modelsform the basis of all our forecasts and areconstantly being developed by researchso we can predict with ever-greateraccuracy what the weather will do.Before introducing any improvements toour weather models we conduct rigoroustrials to test the accuracy and credibilityof these advances. Thanks to increasedcomputing power, better data fromnew satellite programmes, improveddata assimilation techniques, enhancednumerical algorithms and a more completerepresentation of the atmosphere, wehave made unprecedented advances inthe accuracy of our Numerical WeatherPrediction (NWP) over the last tenyears. Today, we produce a wide range ofpredictions from local weather forecastsfor a few hours ahead to global weatherforecasts of up to a few weeks ahead.We also provide predictions for the oceans,the dispersion of pollution, the source andspread of diseases and much more.Observational dataStudies have shown many poorforecasts are caused by small errors in theinitial analysis, so good initial observationaldata are essential for an accurate forecast.These are received each day from a widerange of international observing systems,including:• Satellites• Aircraft• Ships• Buoys• Balloons• Land stations• Weather radarAt the Met Office, we develop and deliversustainable observing systems from thesurface to the upper atmosphere. Forexample, the data derived from weathersatellites includes visible, infrared andmicrowave data from both geostationaryand polar-orbiting satellites.Our work also includes the preparationand launch of new satellites andinstrumentation. Our research colleaguesdevelop improved instruments andmethods across all our observing systemsto improve the quality of the data, as wellas the effectiveness and efficiency of ourobserving networks.Pattern of workThe majority of our forecaster posts involveshift working, with the pattern dependenton the customer and location. Shifts canvary, with additional shifts to cover peaksin demand and in some cases standbyshifts during quiet periods.The most common shift working patterninvolves 12 hour shifts covering daysand nights.
Place of workThe Met Office can offer you theopportunity to work at many differentlocations across the UK and the chanceto work overseas. As well as at our twinOperations Centres in Exeter and Aberdeen,Met Office forecasters are based at manyRoyal Air Force (RAF) and Army Air Corpsstations throughout the UK and overseas.Joining as a Trainee Forecaster meansyou will work at our Operations Centrein Aberdeen or one of our FrontlineDefence sites on completion of yourtraining, but there will be opportunitiesto work elsewhere during your career.Ultimately, where our forecasters work isdetermined by business need.Other career opportunitiesMobile Met Unit (MMU) —Met Office observers, forecasters andsupport engineers form the Mobile MetUnit (MMU), which in 2000 became thefirst Sponsored Reserve Unit of the RAF.The MMU operates in uniform, providingessential frontline meteorological supportto our Armed Forces and those of our alliesin joint operations and exercises at homeand abroad. Working with the MMU canbe particularly rewarding and offers theopportunity to work very closely withthe military in a demanding environment.When supporting operations and exercises,MMU staff work quickly to establish afully functioning Met Office anywhere,regardless of the conditions; oftenproviding a basic meteorological servicewithin hours of arriving.Specialist training is provided by the RAFand membership of the MMU also offersopportunities to attend military adventuretraining events, such as skiing and sailing.Overseas — Met Office forecasters have theopportunity to work in the South Atlantic,Cyprus, Germany and Gibraltar. We evenhave forecasters in the Antarctic supportingthe British Antarctic Survey.Marine Offshore Consultancy — TheMet Office provides a consultancy serviceto a number of high profile customerswithin the commercial marine industry.This gives our weather forecasters theexciting opportunity of working at seaproviding essential services to this industry.Met Office College (MOC) — Our Collegedelivers high quality meteorology andclimate change training to Met Office staffand external customers. In its field, it is oneof the most respected training collegesworldwide, with a team of highly skilledtraining staff. The training ensures staffhave the appropriate level of skills inmeteorology vital to business success -whether for the Met Office or an externalorganisation.Our trainers deliver courses to the requiredstandards set by the Met Office andappropriate accreditation organisations.For weather forecaster training this is tothe standards of the World MeteorologicalOrganization (WMO). While most trainingtakes place at the Met Office College,occasionally there may be a need to workelsewhere in the UK and/or abroad.TasksThe Met Office provides a world-leadingmeteorological service that significantlycontributes to saving and improving livesand infrastructure both in the UK andaround the world. The Defence, Aviation,Commercial and Public Weather Service(PWS) forecasting teams provide a widerange of services and severe weatherwarnings to customers.Forecasting summaryAs a Met Office forecaster, the main tasksyou would carry out are:• Delivering a range of forecastproducts and services tailored toindividual customers.• Analysing and enhancing forecast modelproducts and, using local knowledge,delivering them to customers in a stylethat suits their requirements.• Supporting the customer’s decisionmakingprocess with advice on seasonaland climate impacts on their operationsin addition to that of current weatherconditions.• Actively contributing to the teamdecision-making process and issuingweather warnings as necessary.• Taking responsibility for operationaloutput; the provision of advice andassistance on operational output; andgetting products and services to internaland external customers.• Supporting other team members asrequired to deliver forecast products andservices to meet customers’ needs.
3. SELECTION PROCESSThe selection process is competitive andreflects our desire to recruit high qualityscientists who can demonstrate theirpotential to become forecasters.The first stage in this process involvesyou completing an applicationform (link available in section 11,‘How to apply’). It is essential you usethe application form to provide allthe relevant information to help usaccurately assess your suitability.You’ll find guidance on how to completeyour application form with examples onour website at:www.metoffice.gov.uk/media/pdf/3/2/guidance_notes.pdfYou should provide details of the workyou have been involved in, or areas ofmeteorology you have a keen interestin and knowledge of. We also want toknow why you want to work at the MetOffice and what you can offer us in termsof skills and commitment.To ensure you stand out from thecompetition on your application form,you may want to indicate the areas ofwork where you feel you have particularexpertise, based on any course work,hobbies and interests, as well as any workexperience, and how this may benefitour business.Please complete and return the applicationform to us as soon as possible.The closing date for applications is14 February 2013.4. ENTRY REQUIREMENTSAND SELECTION CRITERIAYou need to ensure you structure yourapplication to address each of theseessential criteria.Essential criteria• A degree or equivalent in Meteorology,a Physical Science or Maths.• Ability in Mathematics and Physics atAS-Level or higher (or equivalent, e.g.as part of a degree course). This linkexplains the level required.• Demonstrate your interest in the weatherand how it impacts on you.• Evidence of contributing effectively asa member of a team.• Proven ability to ensure people get theinformation they need, on time and in anappropriate manner/format.• An appreciation of customer needsand the importance of goodcustomer service.Note: We recognise that some applicantsmay not have had extensive work experienceprior to applying.However your experiences dealing andcommunicating with customers and peoplecan be drawn from part time/holidaywork; your academic experience, and youroutside interests and activities and used todemonstrate competence in meeting theessential criteria.5. ASSESSMENT ANDINTERVIEW PROCESSIf you are successful in your applicationyou will be notified and invited to thesecond stage in the selection process. Thiswill involve attending an assessment dayat our HQ in Exeter and will include anintroduction to the Met Office, a tour ofthe building and two assessment sessionsto look for evidence of your potential andsuitability to become a trainee forecaster.A group session will explore your abilityto work as a member of a team and lookat how you relate to customers and theirneeds. There will also be a technicalassessment of your ability to applymathematics and physics to new scientificsituations. A light lunch will be providedbetween these assessments.From the assessments, a reduced shortlistwill be compiled and these candidateswill be invited to interview at our ExeterHQ. The interview will explore yourpresentation skills, your motivation for therole and any points of interest arising fromyour assessment day. Travel costs will bereimbursed for those invited to interviewthough not for attending the assessment day.To make it to the shortlist for the secondstage, please remember to provide specificexamples against each of the EssentialCriteria, detailing how you have acquiredand successfully applied your skills andknowledge to date.Currently it is envisaged that theassessment stage will take place duringthe period 15 April – 26 April 2013, withthe interviews provisionally scheduled for20 May to 12 June 2013. We recommendthat you make a note of these dates inorder to ensure you are available to cometo our Exeter headquarters in Devon.Candidates who are successfully shortlistedwill be advised in writing with at leasttwo weeks notice of when we would likeyou to attend.
6. REWARDS, BENEFITSAND FACILITIESWe aim to ensure our employees feelappropriately rewarded and recognisedfor their achievements and contributionto the success of the Met Office, and aremotivated to use their skills and expertisefor the benefit of our customers.Our comprehensive and competitivereward package comprises:Basic payThe starting salary for a trainee forecasteris £18,000 per annum rising to £22,100on successful completion of training.Once you have progressed through theinitial training and have started your onthe-jobtraining, you’ll also be entitledto a Casual Shift Allowance which variesdepending on the shift pattern you areworking. On completion of your trainingyou may be entitled to Shift Allowancewhich, again, varies depending on yourshift pattern. Those roles which requireweekend and Public Holiday working alsoattract an additional premium.Performance payAll employees have the opportunity toqualify for a one-off annual corporatepayment depending on the performanceof the Met Office against corporate targets.Other benefitsThese include salary sacrifice schemesfor bike to work, childcare vouchers andemployee discount scheme. This gives allMet Office employees access to hundredsof discounted offers, savings on productsand cashback on purchases.Type of appointment and hoursof workAll appointments are permanent. Normalworking hours are 37 per week. Forecasterscan generally expect to be working shifts,dependant on location.Annual leave and time offIn addition to 25 days annual leave you’llget eight Bank Holidays and 2.5 PrivilegeDays to be taken at certain times of the year(Easter and Christmas). Your annual leaveentitlement will rise with your length ofservice, reaching 30 days after five yearsservice. We also offer maternity/adoptionleave, paternity leave, parental leave andspecial leave (paid or unpaid).LocationClassroom training will take place in Exeterwith on-the-job training at a defencefrontline site or at our Operations Centre inAberdeen. On completion of training youwill be posted to an operational forecastingpost at one of these locations.PensionOn appointment you will automaticallyjoin the Principle Civil Service PensionScheme called “Nuvos”. This benefitsscheme also includes death and injurybenefits and more details can be found atwww.civilservice.gov.uk/my-civilservice/pensions/Learning and career developmentThe Met Office is committed to the trainingand development of all its employees andholds Investors in People status. Our ownexperts provide high quality, in-housetraining programmes.Once you have completed your forecastertraining, you’ll be eligible for many ofour internal courses offered as part ofthe Forecaster Professional Developmentscheme. Your Line Manager will compile apersonal Training and Development Planshortly after you take up your permanentappointment and this will be in linewith our Operational MeteorologyCompetency Framework.WellbeingFor your wellbeing we offer free eye testsfor Visual Display Unit (VDU) users andfree access to our occupational welfareprogramme, Right Corecare, should youneed to use it.Sports and socialOur headquarters in Exeter has a fullyequipped gymnasium and fitness suite.In addition, you will be able to join theMet Office Sports and Social Association(MOSSA) which provides a range ofsubsidised recreational activities.Many of our frontline sites offer theopportunity to make use of the customer’sextensive sports and social amenities.Trade Union membershipThe recognised trade union for Met Officeemployees is Prospect.Currently membership is in excess of 70%of employees.
7. YOUR COMMITMENT TO USThe costs of putting trainees through anintensive training programme are highand represent a significant investmentby the Met Office.Understandably, like any business,we need to ensure a return onthat investment. That is why we expectyou to stay with us after your training.If you choose to leave the employmentof the Met Office within two years ofsuccessfully completing your forecastertraining, you’ll be required to pay backan element of the training costs we haveinvested in you.This commitment will form part of theemployment contract you’ll be required tosign once you have accepted our offer tobecome a Trainee Forecaster.8. GUARANTEED INTERVIEWSCHEME FOR DISABLEDAPPLICANTSTo widen the pool of candidates fromwhich to draw, we guarantee an interviewto any disabled applicant who meets thepublished minimum criteria for thepost/entry level.To qualify for a guaranteed interview,you do not have to be registeredas a disabled person but you must havea disability or long-term health conditionthat puts you at a substantial disadvantagein either obtaining or keeping employment.The disability must be likely to last forat least twelve months. To apply for aguaranteed interview, please complete theappropriate section of the application form.If appropriate, you should provide detailsof any particular arrangements you willrequire for the interview, e.g. car parking,speech facilitator. Any false declarationof disability to obtain an interview mayinvalidate any resultant contractof employment.9. NATIONALITY AND RESIDENCYFor this post successful applicants tothe Met Office are required to undergoNational Security Vetting. To satisfy thisprocess you must have been resident inthe UK continuously for the last five years.In addition to the above a small numberof Met Office posts are ‘reserved’ for UKnationals. Successful applicants who arenot UK nationals should be aware thatfurther career progress may be affected.Please note nationality and residencyrestrictions of this kind are common withall UK Civil Service departments andExecutive Agencies.For further information and guidancesee the UK Border Agency’s websitewww.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/workingintheuk/
10. DIVERSITY AND EQUALITYThe Met Office is an Equal Opportunitiesemployer and maintains a culture thatvalues ability, difference, openness, fairnessand transparency.We do not discriminate on the groundsof race, colour, gender, nationality,ethnic or national origin, religion, genderreassignment, pregnancy, age, sexualorientation, family status, physical ormental disability, trade union membershipor any other irrelevant factor.The Met Office is committed to workingtowards a diverse organisation and tovaluing and utilising the visible and nonvisibleindividual differences people bring.This includes considering and workingto ensure there are no barriers implicit inour policies and procedures that preventindividuals from performing to the best oftheir ability, along with creating a positiveand open environment in which to work.As such, we encourage applications fromall groups, especially black and minorityethnic (BME) applicants.11. HOW TO APPLYYou should complete and return anapplication form to us. The form is availablein either a PDF format or as a Word file(see below):To download a PDF version of theapplication form and for guidance notes orfurther information, see our website:www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/jobs/how-to-applyIf you require a Word version ofthe application form, please emailHREnquiries@metoffice.gov.uk includingthe words ‘application request’ in thesubject line. An automatic email will bereturned to you immediately. If you havenot received an email within 48 hours thenplease contact us. Alternatively, you cancall or write to:HR Customer ServicesMet OfficeFitzRoy RoadExeterEX1 3PBTel: 01392 885000Please mark your returned applicationform: ‘002653 Trainee Forecaster’Regrettably, due to the high number ofpeople who apply for positions at theMet Office, we are unable to reply to eachapplicant individually. If you have had noresponse from us within four weeks of theclosing date please assume you have beenunsuccessful.If you meet the sift criteria but have beeninterviewed two or more times for the sameor similar job within the past two years,it will be up to the recruiting manager’sdiscretion whether to offer you aninterview.Thank you for your interest inworking with us.
12. ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONRequired Standard of Mathematics and Physics for Trainee ForecastersIn order to be able to fully benefit from the intensive training programme provided, TraineeForecasters will need to have ability in Mathematics and Physics to at least AS Level orequivalent and as a guideline should have some understanding of the following areas:Mathematics:Linear algebra and vector calculusDifferential and integral calculusOrdinary and partial differential equationsProbability theory and statisticsInformation and communication technologyNumerical methodsPhysics:Fundamentals of mechanicsBasic thermodynamicsWave theory/Fluid Motion/TurbulenceBasics of electromagnetic radiation/electromagnetismCompetence in these areas will be tested during the technical assessment.Here are some examples of the sort of questions you will be asked:1. In the triangle below, what is the length of side CACθBa) Atanθ b) Asinθ c) (A 2 +B 2 ) d) Acosθ
12. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION2. Evaluate the following:∂∂x (4x3 y 4 )a)48x 2 y 37xb) 44xc) 3 y 3d)12312x 2 y 43. If vector A = 5i + 4j and vector B = i –3j, evaluate the vector A + B:a) 2ij + 5ji b) 6i + j c) 4i – 7j d) 4i + 12j4. Boyle’s Law relates which two properties of a gas?a) Volume and temperatureb) Pressure and volumec) Pressure and temperatured) Volume and mass
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