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Laboratory Technician

Level: 3
Subject area: Science

Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime

About the course

This occupation is found in a wide range of organisations, including but not exclusively, chemical, primary and secondary pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products, nuclear companies; and analytical science services, dental laboratories and educational establishments.

The broad purpose of the occupation is working at the forefront of technology to carry out both routine and one-off laboratory testing (and manufacturing where relevant) and perform a variety of technical support functions across the organisation.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with the laboratory manager and colleagues, internal departments such as manufacturing, procurement and quality, internal customers such as medical staff, teaching staff and students, external suppliers and customers such as service engineers, delivery drivers, regulatory bodies and inspection teams eg HSE.

Within this Apprenticeship, you will have training sessions at City College Plymouth one day a week, during term-time, to give you the skills and knowledge required to succeed in the industry. You will also receive direct training from the business you are employed by for your Apprenticeship who will work with the College to ensure you are reaching your maximum potential via regular workplace observations and reviews.

What you'll learn

Key duties and skills will include: 

  • work safely in a laboratory, maintaining excellent housekeeping whilst following appropriate safety, environment and risk management systems
  • follow quality procedures to meet the requirements of quality standards relevant to the workplace
  • prepare for laboratory tasks using the appropriate scientific techniques, procedures and methods
  • perform laboratory tasks following specified methodologies, such as standard operating procedures
  • use of specified instrumentation and laboratory equipment, including calibration where required
  • produce reliable, accurate data and keep accurate records of laboratory work undertaken and results
  • analyse, interpret and evaluate data and identify results requiring further investigation seeking advice of senior colleagues as appropriate
  • communicate scientific information appropriately, including the use of laboratory information management systems, either digital or paper-based
  • apply scientific techniques for data presentation. eg statistics
  • recognise problems and apply appropriate scientific methods to identify causes and achieve solutions
  • participate in continuous business performance improvement.
Entry requirements

You will need to have achieved five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (C or above), including maths, English language and at least one science.

Assessments/Exams

In order to complete this Apprenticeship you will be required to pass an end-point assessment. The end-point assessment is the name given to a series of tests you must take to prove your ability to do the job you have been training for. These tests take place at the end of the Apprenticeship following a period of training and development.

What's next?

This Apprenticeship will allow you to gain full-time employment as a laboratory technician within the scientific industry. This would also give you the foundation to build a career in this sector and work up to a team leader position and higher roles within management.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2020/21 (August 2020 – July 2021). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2021/22.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)

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