Structural Soils, Bristol – Laboratory Technician (Level 3)

Your next step towards your dream career…


When? Monday – Friday, 40 hours per week plus weekend overtime where needed. Shift work may be a requirement.

Where? Bristol

For how long? 21 months

How much? You’ll earn £15,000 a year, plus you will receive all the training and support you need to become a qualified Level 3 Materials Technician.  



You’ll join Structural Soils as an apprentice Laboratory Technician for a fixed period of 21 months.   

You’ll also devote about 20% of your time to working towards a Level 3 Laboratory Technician apprenticeship. You’ll be trained by an expert tutor from Tiro, who will make sure you develop the knowledge, skills, and work habits you’ll need to succeed in your apprenticeship.


More details:

Key responsibilities will include:

•              Carrying out a variety of testing on soil in the laboratory, to comply with the relevant standards

•              Recording accurately the test data produced for analysis

•              Assisting in the calibration and maintenance of all technical equipment

•              Maintaining a neat and orderly laboratory environment


Who we’re looking for:


  • Attention to detail – has a keen eye for detail, identifying and acting on anomalies.
  • Problem solving – considers problems from all perspectives and offers us suitable solutions. Builds on the ideas of others to encourage creative problem solving.
  • Decision making – able to tell the difference between important and irrelevant information to reach a conclusion. Can make decisions independently. Believes in the decision they have made.
  • Teamwork – an effective team player. Identify opportunities to support in the delivery of shared goals. Show a strong team ethic.
  • Communication – an excellent written and verbal communicator capable of interacting with stakeholders internal and external to the business. Can distil complex issues into simple, understandable language.
  • Proficient with basic IT software e.g. Microsoft Office



  • GCSEs at grades C/4 or above (or equivalent) including maths and English.
  • A level 3 qualification (A Level/BTEC) in a science subject would be advantageous.



What next?

  • Attainment of Registered Science Technician (RSciTech).
  • Apprentices may progress within their current place of employment, or find opportunities in other companies, to become Senior Science Technicians or Laboratory Managers. They may also look to continue their training on the Level 6 Laboratory Scientist Degree Apprenticeship, allowing them to become a Registered Scientist (RSci)
  • Apprentices who complete the Health & Safety induction phase of this training will gain an Apprentice CSCS card. Upon completion of this apprenticeship, apprentices will gain a Gold Advanced Craft CSCS Card
  • Opportunities for continued employment
  • CPD/training, promotions
  • Prospects within the organisation or wider field.


Things to consider:

  • There is likely to be a physical component to this job and applicants should satisfy themselves that they capable of carrying out the tasks required.
  • Applicants living within a 1 hour commute will be given priority.