Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship

Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship Standard

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Overview

Laboratory Technicians work in a range of organisations, including but not exclusively, chemical, primary and secondary pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products, nuclear companies and analytical science services.

During this Apprenticeship you’ll carry out both routine and one-off laboratory testing and perform a variety of technical support functions across the organisation. Working safely and ethically is paramount and many companies operate under highly regulated conditions because of the need to control the quality and safety of products, for example medicines.

You’ll work with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work that is undertaken. You’ll be proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying areas for improving the business.

How to apply

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Our expectation is that all Apprentices should already possess English and Mathematics to a GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent. However, we will consider applicants without these grades subject to an initial assessment with one of the Apprenticeship Team.

Day Release, one day a week at HSDC for taught lessons and four days at your place of work for on-the-job training and learning with a monthly visit from your Apprenticeship Assessor.

Typical Course Duration: 21 months & 1-3 months End Point Assessment period.

Apprentices can be taught via classroom delivery, work-based learning/assessment and vocational “on and off the job training”. This is always dependent on the course, the preferences of the business and the wishes of the learner.

Synoptic test, vocational competence discussion, scenario case study and review of behaviour log.

Working for a GMP/GLP compliant contract testing laboratory based in the UK. Gain experience in specialised pharmaceutical and medical/medical device testing in the fields of microbiology and toxicology who conduct business with clients worldwide.

Opportunities may exist to gain professional accreditation in your chosen field post completion of the qualification. Your Assessor will support you with information on gaining professional accreditation. 

As we work with Apprentices that are already employed, if you attend our day release programmes you will mix with a diverse range of businesses with Apprentices in the same sector.


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