What is a laboratory technician?
An apprenticeship on the Laboratory Technician programme is a step towards a wide range of potential careers.
You could find yourself working within pharmaceuticals, nuclear energy, biotech or education – perhaps what you’d typically expect of a lab. Or a Lab Technician could be working on a construction site, developing paints and coatings, or working in the food sector.
What each of these lab environments has in common is a need for skilled technicians. People to make sure every task is performed safely, and in line with industry guidelines and standards.
What will I learn?
This programme is designed to enable existing team members or new recruits to develop the knowledge skills, and behaviours needed to fulfil their vital role.
Our apprenticeship will train you in the highest standards of safety and quality in laboratory environments. You’ll develop the technical knowledge of scientific methods and techniques, including following standard operating procedures, problem solving and interacting with laboratory information management systems.
You’ll learn to follow and conduct risk assessments, analyse simple and complex data sets and understand the legal and ethical requirements for your industry. You ‘ll learn to accurately conduct and document laboratory experiments, tests and tasks.
In addition to technical competence, you’ll also learn the importance of effective communication with different audiences. Our programmes instil strong values of teamwork, time management and a commitment to professional development.
Once you’ve qualified, you’ll be eligible to join the Register of Science Technicians (RSciTech) through an appropriate industry body.
Successful apprentices can often find themselves fast-tracked into senior technician and management roles. Or they might go on to a higher level apprenticeship.