Is an apprenticeship right for you?

As an apprentice, you’ll work for an employer while pursuing a nationally recognised learning programme.

How does it work?

As an apprentice, you’ll work for an employer while pursuing a nationally recognised learning programme.

You’ll spend most of your working time learning the ropes in a hands-on role, with the help of colleagues and mentors. You’ll also spend a fifth of your time focused on the formal learning elements.

By the end of the programme, you’ll have developed the knowledge, skills, and behaviours you’ll need in your chosen field.

Who will support me?

Your expert Tiro tutor will lead you through the learning programme, which combines academic, practical and technical training. This integrated learning allows you to put theory into practice, both on and off the job.

You’ll have a combination of live online training, progress reviews every ten weeks, and additional regular catch-ups. Face-to-face meetings are usually held at your workplace, with video calls in between.

Your ‘on the job’ training will be overseen by a mentor, who will make sure you are supported and developed at work.

How long will I be an apprentice?

Your apprenticeship will last between one and four years, depending on the programme.
As with most jobs, this will be subject to a probationary period where you’ll need to meet certain standards of performance, professionalism, and punctuality.

Some apprentices go on to a higher level apprenticeship programme once they’ve qualified, so you could potentially be an apprentice for several years.

Current Vacancies


Materials Technician Apprentice (Level 3) – IGNE

£24,460 / year 15th Jul 2024

As a Materials Testing Technician, you'll be ensuring that all samples are registered and processed in the lab. You'll be supporting the team leader i...

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Materials Technician Apprentice (Level 3) – ITA Labs

£18,000 - £20,000 / year 8th Jul 2024

ITA Labs is pleased to be able to offer you the opportunity to both earn a salary and study towards a nationally recognised qualification through our ...

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Materials Technician Apprentice (Level 3) – Aggregate Industries

£18,500 / year 28th Jun 2024

As an Apprentice Materials Technician youll be working in a laboratory but not as you know it! Be prepared to get mucky as you get to know your materi...

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The Laboratory Technical Apprentice is responsible for receiving, inventory and processing fresh patient samples and nonclinical samples to tissue blo...

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Quality Technician Apprentice (Level 3) – AEV Ltd

£18,000 / year 27th Jun 2024

The Quality Technician supports the Technical & Operations teams in the manufacture, testing and release of high-quality products and determining ...

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Your main purpose within this apprenticeship is to support the commercial department mainly in product set up and the continued updates during the lif...

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Quality Technician Apprentice (Level 3) – AF Fasteners

£19,300 / year 26th Jun 2024

AF Fasteners is pleased to be able to offer you the opportunity to both earn a salary and study towards a nationally recognised qualification through ...

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The Laboratory Technical Apprentice's job involves receiving, organizing, and processing patient and nonclinical samples. They'll handle tasks like is...

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Science Technician Apprentice (Level 3) – Broadway Academy

£6.40 / hour 25th Jun 2024

Your main responsibilities will be to provide practical support for the teaching, assessment and examination activities taking place in science labora...

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Science Technician Apprentice (Level 3) – Churchdown School Academy

£9.30 - £10.50 / hour 25th Jun 2024

We are looking for a keen young person to train as a Science Technician via the apprenticeship route. The role will provide technical support to the S...

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Laboratory Operations Apprentice (Level 3) – LabGenius

£21,000 / year 14th Jun 2024

As an Apprentice Lab Technician at LabGenius, you will have the opportunity to work with Lab Operations and alongside our talented Research & Deve...

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Materials Technician Apprentice (Level 3) – Balfour Beatty

£16,500 - £22,800 / year 10th Jun 2024

What youll be doing:Working alongside other team members, testing the properties of construction materials including concrete, aggregates, cement, gro...

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Am I eligible?

Age – There are no age limits for apprenticeships as long as you’re 16 or over. Most Tiro apprentices are between 22 and 30 years old, but our oldest is late 50s.

Residency– You’ll need to have the right to work in the UK and have lived here for 3 years.

Learning needs and disabilities – If you have any additional learning needs or disabilities, you’ll be eligible for extra support. Tiro will make sure that any reasonable adjustments are made to ensure you receive the best possible training experience.


Already employed – If you’re already in a job in your chosen field, you may be able to become an apprentice with your existing employer. About 20% of our apprentices are already in work, but want to gain a relevant qualification. This can broaden your knowledge and skills, and offer a valuable development path.

Already qualified – As a training provider, Tiro needs to show that each apprentice will develop significant new skills on the programme. So if you already have a higher-level qualification in a related field, or lots of experience in a similar role, you may not be eligible. But there’s no harm in applying – we look at each case on its own merits.


of apprentices said their career prospects have improved - National Apprenticeship Service | 2018

Future job prospects

We champion the go-getters who are tackling the big issues of the day, like developing vaccines and solving climate change through science and technology

As a Tiro apprentice, you could join them.

Your next step on the career ladder.

We support all of our apprentices and their employers to decide on their next steps.

Most of Tiro’s employers are keen to see their apprentices develop into permanent employees. That means they can keep hold of all the skills and knowledge you’ve developed throughout your training.

There’s no guarantee of a role, but nor are you obliged to stay put. Some apprentices preferto move on to pastures new, once they’ve completed the programme.

If you do part ways, you’ll be moving on with a nationally-recognised apprenticeship under your belt. Our programmes are all developed in consultation with employer groups and designed with employability in mind. The skills, behaviours and knowledge you’ll develop throughout your apprenticeship are sought after by many fantastic organisations.

So you’ll have plenty of options.

Take a look at our programmes

Our Current Programmes


Degree Materials Science Technologist

  • Applied Materials Science Degree
  • 4 Years
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Degree Laboratory Bioscientist

  • Applied Bioscience Degree
  • 4 Years
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Degree Laboratory Chemical Scientist

  • Applied Chemical Sciences Degree
  • 4 Years
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Lifelong learning

Your training and development doesn’t have to end after an apprenticeship. Ongoing learning is a vital ingredient in career growth, whether that’s in the form of learning on the job, or a more academic route.

It’s not uncommon for an apprentice to complete a programme and then progress to another apprenticeship at a higher level, even up to a degree.

Apprenticeships are just one way to keep learning, and you might choose to pursue further qualifications through your employer, or embark on further training and qualifications elsewhere.

The whole experience taught me some valuable life lessons, and it’s given me a career with huge responsibilities. I have really matured thanks to the phenomenal support I’ve had from the company to progress my career.

Dan Gardner

Materials Technician

"With all the knowledge I have gained through Tiro and KEVICC, I believe that I can take on any challenges I face. "

Patrisia Hincheva Laboratory Technician Apprentice - King Edward VI Community College
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