Innovate and test the boundaries of knowledge

Science and research and development (R&D) are not only critical to furthering our understanding of the world around us, but to develop 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.

As a laboratory scientist, you may carry out a range of technical and scientific activities in your specialist discipline. A senior metrology technician, meanwhile, will develop and monitor 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. Scientific work also extends to data, with the bioinformatics scientist apprenticeship able to prepare you to use computational, data analytical and data mining techniques that are applied to a range of problems in the life sciences, such as the process of drug discovery and development

The Apprenticeship Guide sector head

Animal technologist

“An animal technologist carries out complex scientific procedures on laboratory animals in compliance with animal welfare legislation” An animal technologist is responsible for carrying out complex scientific procedures on laboratory

Bioinformatics scientist

“A bioinformatics scientist—or bioinformatician—uses computational, data analytical and data mining techniques that are applied to a range of problems in the life sciences” A bioinformatics scientist—or bioinformatician—uses computational, data analytical and

Clinical trials specialist

“A clinical trials specialist works as part of a multi-disciplinary team focusing on the delivery and execution of phase one-to-four clinical trials in humans” The clinical trial specialist works in

Dairy technologist

“A dairy technologist develops and produces dairy products from raw materials, including milk from cows, sheep and goats. Products include liquid milk, cheese, ice cream and powders” An advanced dairy

Dental laboratory assistant

“The dental laboratory assistant works technicians, who design, make, modify and repair custom made dental devices” Many dental laboratories have opportunities for individuals who will assist, under supervision, in the

Dental technician

“The dental technician designs, manufactures, modifies and repairs custom-made dental appliances” Typically, your work as a dental technician will be undertaken in a dental lab on a prescription from a

Healthcare science assistant

“The healthcare science assistant carries out routine technical and scientific procedures and support within hospitals, doctors’ surgeries and other healthcare settings” The healthcare science assistant support workforce contributes to safe

Healthcare science associate

“A healthcare science associate works in hospitals, primary care and other healthcare settings, carrying out routine technical and scientific procedures, and supporting healthcare science practitioners and clinical scientists” A healthcare

Healthcare science practitioner

“The healthcare science practitioner supports the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions” A healthcare science practitioner provides scientific and technical services within a life, physiological or physical science. In

Laboratory scientist (degree)

“A laboratory scientist carries out technical and scientific activity in laboratories in their specialist discipline” A laboratory scientist applies specialist knowledge and broad scientific understanding to carry out a range