Laboratory and Science Technicians Apprenticeship: Student Guide

This apprenticeship is for anyone interested in working in a laboratory setting, supporting scientists and helping carry out tests, research and investigations.

You’ll train as a junior laboratory technician and learn practical scientific skills. The nature of your work will depend on your employer, but whether you work for a pharmaceutical company or a university, you’ll probably be part of a team of other scientists and technicians. Your work might include helping to collect and analyse samples, preparing cultures or specimens, setting up experiments and recording and presenting data.

You might also be responsible for ordering and controlling laboratory stock and supplies, and making sure laboratory equipment is clean and in good working order.

During your apprenticeship you’ll learn about the fundamentals of science, pick up practical skills and take a qualification in applied science.

The Apprenticeship Framework

There are three main strands to an Apprenticeship, known as the Framework: a competence-based element, a technical element and a skills element.

Intermediate Apprenticeship: You will gain your NVQ Level 2 in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities along with a Level 2 Diploma in Applied Science. You’ll look at health and safety, working relationships in a laboratory and sorting and storing specimens and samples.

Advanced Apprenticeship: You will achieve your NVQ Level 3 in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities along with a Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science. Topics include health and safety, working relationships, testing operations and giving technical advice.

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Have you considered coming to college full-time if you can’t find an Apprenticeship vacancy? 

You can start on many of our courses on a full-time basis, then if an Apprenticeship becomes available you can transfer across. Everything you’ll have learnt at college will be valuable to you at work. To discuss your full-time course options call 01902 836000.

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