Typical job roles

Laboratory Technicians’ carry out routine and one-off testing of, or a combination of, solids, liquids and/or gases and provide technical support in laboratory environments. They work in a wide range of organisations, including but not exclusively, chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products, nuclear companies; and analytical science services. These environments are highly regulated environments due to the need to control the quality and safety of products/substances.

This role is vital to the safe and effective delivery of product development in the process industry.

Typical Tasks

  • Preparing and performing laboratory tasks,
  • Following Standard Operating Procedures
  • 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 in line with legislation, regulations and company policy and procedure.

Entry criteria

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English, Maths and Science for a Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard
  • 3 A levels or equivalent

Typical duration

24 months

Career/progression opportunities

Laboratory Supervisor, Laboratory Scientist, Process Plant Engineer, Process Plant Manager.


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