Need to test a career? Experiment with an apprenticeship

Science and research and development (R&D) are not only critical to furthering our understanding of the world around us, but to developing tools and techniques that reduce hazards, improve processes and overcome challenges. Being able to more precisely measure meteorological patterns helps us to know exactly when to batten down the hatches as a storm approaches, and developments in laboratory science have radically improved criminal investigative techniques. The food we eat is safer, the drugs we take to combat illness more effective—the list of improvements made thanks to science and R&D is endless.

The apprenticeships listed in this sector are largely applicable across industries where high-tech knowhow and skills are necessary, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, chemicals, healthcare, energy and many more. Roles can be laboratory-based, but also on manufacturing floors and in plants, and range from junior technicians to leading engineers and chief scientists.

In total, there are 30 apprenticeships in this sector. New for 2019 is the laboratory scientist degree apprenticeship, which will train you to carry out a range of technical and scientific activities in you specialist discipline. The senior metrology technician apprenticeship, also new, will train you in the development and monitoring of measurement capability and capacity, working toward gaining responsibility for the planning, quality, accuracy, timely delivery and evaluation of metrology activities within your area of responsibility.

Interests and skills

Consider a career in science and R&D if you enjoy scientific study and investigation, and are highly technical and a keen learner

School subjects

The school subjects that may prepare you for an apprenticeship in science and R&D include:

  • Science
  • Maths
Further reading

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