Typical job roles

Providing routine and one-off testing and technical support in a scientific laboratory environment.

This occupation is found in a wide range of organisations, including but not exclusively, chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products, petrochemical, 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.

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Typical Tasks

  • Preparing for and performing laboratory tasks and/or tests
  • Following Standard Operating Procedures or methodologies
  • Utilising appropriate scientific techniques, to maintain quality standards
  • Analysing, interpreting and evaluating data to determine results
  • Identifying those results that require further testing
  • Presenting data using statistical techniques
  • Maintaining good housekeeping
  • Record keeping
  • Working accurately and safely in line with legislation, regulations and company policy and procedure

Entry criteria

4 or 5 GCSEs at grade 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English and Mathematics for a Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard

Typical duration

24 months

Career/progression opportunities

Completion of this Laboratory Technician (Level 3) apprenticeship can lead to progression opportunities into the following careers:

  • Laboratory Scientist
  • Laboratory Supervisor
  • Process Plant Engineer
  • Process Plant Manager

Dependent on employer requirements, progression onto higher level qualifications (HNC, HND, Degree) or a Higher/Degree Apprenticeship.