Laboratory technician apprenticeship

Laboratory technicians work in a wide range of organisations, including chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and nuclear companies; and analytical science services.

A laboratory technician may carry out both routine and one-off laboratory testing and perform a variety of technical support functions across the organisation. In any context, working safely and ethically is paramount and many companies operate under highly regulated conditions because of the need to control the quality and safety of products, for example medicines.

As an apprentice laboratory technician, you will be expected to work both individually and as part of a laboratory team. You will work with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work that you undertake.

At the end of your apprenticeship, you will be able to work safely in a laboratory, maintaining excellent housekeeping while following appropriate safety, environment and risk management systems. Apprentices prepare for laboratory tasks using the appropriate scientific techniques, equipment, procedures and methods, and perform those tasks following specified methodologies. The data that you produce must be accurate and you will be required to keep accurate records of your laboratory work and the results you achieve.

This apprenticeship has been designed to be recognised by the relevant professional bodies at registered science technician (RSciTech) level, for which there is a requirement that you will participate in continuing professional development after completing your apprenticeship.

For further information, contact Cogent Skills:


Level 3 (Advanced)

Starting salary:

salaries vary according to job role but average £170–£200 per week

Job role:

Laboratory technician

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