Decide what you want to do
Take a look at the programmes we offer. This explains the training portion of each apprenticeship.
Are you a scientist or a techie? Which one fires you up and fascinates you?
Decide which programme interests you, and what kind of employer you’d like to work for.
Then keep an eye on our opportunities page – and other providers too – and check out any suitable job descriptions. Then get ready to apply.
If it feels right, click apply. At this stage, we’re only capturing basic information to check you’re eligible.Current Vacancies Our Programmes
Talk to Tiro
We’ll strive to talk to you within the next 48 hours. Expect to chat for about 45 minutes, and be sure to prepare to make sure you’re all set to impress us.
We’ll get to know you better, delve into your motivations and behaviours, and explore why you want to become an apprentice. To succeed in your apprenticeship, you’ll need bags of enthusiasm, be a fantastic collaborator and hungry to learn!
Daniel Whitehead – Laboratory Technician ApprenticeFind out more
Andrew Pearse – Laboratory Technician
I would recommend doing an apprenticeship if you are a hands-on learner, as every day you’ll be getting stuck into the job you are here to do while learning and gaining qualifications.Read Andrew's Story
Bryony Davies – Lab Technician
My apprenticeship will help me with this as it is providing me with the knowledge I require to progress in the scientific community. It also boosts my confidence and teaches me how to interact with people as a professional, as well as enabling me to learn laboratory skills along the way.Read Bryony's Story
Get ready for your interview
After our call, if we think you’re a great match and it’s a win-win, we’ll champion you to the employer and make sure you have what it takes to smash the interview!
We’ll set up the interview as quickly as possible, and help you to prepare.
The process from here varies according to the role and the employer, we will make sure you know what to expect, and share any useful interview tips to improve your chances.
Remember that this is your chance to ask the employer questions too. It’s as much about you choosing them as them choosing you.
We’ll check in with you shortly before your interview to answer any last minute questions and help with any nerves, and again afterwards to find out how it went.
Look forward to your trial day
Some employers might invite you for a trial day as well as an interview.
Whereas the interview will be a more formal discussion, a trial day is more practical. These are a great opportunity to go on site with the employer and get a feel for the place and the role. You’ll have a chance to meet some of the team, and you may also be asked to carry out a practical task.
This helps them to assess your skills – not just technical skills, but soft skills like using your initiative and following instructions.
You got the job!
After an interview or trial day, hopefully you will be offered the apprenticeship.
After a few final checks, your new role will be made official. We’ll guide you through any formalities like giving notice to your current employer or college course.
You’ll meet your Tiro tutor and the mentor you’ll be working with, who will explain how your training will be delivered and get you all set up.
Congratulations, you’re ready to start!
You’ll begin your new role and start gaining hands-on experience with your new team. And we’ll check in regularly to make sure things are OK, and to deliver your course.
Or… better luck next time
Remember that apprenticeships are competitive, so not everyone can be successful the first time. If you’re not eligible or don’t get the job this time, don’t worry. Whatever stage of the process, we’ll give you some useful feedback and advise you on how to improve, ready for the next opportunity.
Where possible we’ll consider you for any future opportunities that arise with Tiro’s employers.
Of course, Tiro is just one possible route to finding a suitable apprenticeship. It’s always a good idea to keep looking elsewhere, like the government’s ‘Find an Apprenticeship’ service.
What our apprentices have to say
"I started as an apprentice at St Richards in September 2021. I really enjoyed the learning on the job and the online learning of the course content. The school was really supportive and was very flexible with how I completed my apprenticeship. I completed my apprenticeship in Jan 2023 and was supported the whole way through by the mentor from the school and the tutor from Tiro. Once I finished my apprenticeship, I had the opportunity to progress to senior science technician. I have learnt so much in just a short time and have really enjoyed it and all the opportunities that have arisen during this time."Emily Barr Level 3 Laboratory Technician - St Richards Catholic College
"The main surprise from this apprenticeship is that I learned practical and transferable skills that I did not learn from university, that can be transferred into other workplaces."Liam Boyes Materials Technician Apprentice - Aggregate Industries
"I struggled a lot early on in my apprenticeship and to be honest at one point I did honestly think I wasn’t going to be able to finish it. Looking back now that would have been a huge mistake! During my apprenticeship I was always made to feel equal with others and shared equal responsibility, often working independently on site and in the lab carrying out UKAS Accredited tests. "Jack Hodson Materials Technician Apprentice - Balfour Beatty Vinci
"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
"The Level 3 program has taught me how to balance work on top of education, and I now feel confident to study at Degree level. The experience I have gained at Waters has made me grow as a professional. Without all of this I would not be able to take the next step into a Level 6 apprenticeship. "Alexandra Lee Laboratory Technician Apprentice - Waters Corporation
"An apprenticeship has benefited me in many ways it has given me an insight on the industry I am in and it has made my confidence grow and grow. It’s also has given me experience and knowledge in the workplace."Zeeshan Palmer Business Administration Apprentice at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace
"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 Gardener Materials Technician Apprentice - Balfour Beatty
"I love being an apprentice as I can learn and earn. For example, learning helps me understand how things are operated in a business and it helps me to understand what needs to be done in a business. I also love being an apprentice because it develops me as a person and makes me grow in the industry I am in."Zeeshan Palmer Business Administration Apprentice at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace.
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