Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship Level 3

Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship Level 3

Your Pathway to Scientific Excellence

Embark on a journey to the cutting-edge of science with the Laboratory Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship. This unique program opens doors to a plethora of sectors, including but not limited to, the dynamic fields of chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, nuclear, and analytical sciences, as well as educational and dental laboratories. It's your chance to be at the forefront of technological advancement, engaging in both routine analyses and groundbreaking manufacturing processes.

A Role That Matters

As a laboratory technician apprentice, you’ll dive into a world where every task is integral to the innovation and improvement of our future. You'll collaborate closely with laboratory managers, engage across departments like manufacturing and quality, and interact with a range of internal and external stakeholders. Your mission: to solve complex problems, enhance operational efficiency, and uphold the highest standards of quality and safety.

What You Will Learn and Achieve

  • Collaboration and Independence: Thrive in a role that demands both teamwork and the ability to work autonomously with minimal supervision, ensuring precision and reliability in every task.

  • Problem-Solving: Become adept at identifying challenges and pioneering solutions, contributing significantly to advancements in your field.

  • Safety and Ethics: Navigate the complexities of working in regulated environments, mastering the protocols that ensure every experiment and process is conducted ethically and safely.

Your Apprenticeship Journey

Engage in day releases every three weeks at New College Swindon, delving deep into the 'Knowledge' components of your field, with flexible entry points throughout the year.

End Point Assessment: Showcase your expertise through a comprehensive assessment, including a knowledge test, practical observations with questioning, and a structured interview supported by your portfolio.

Step into the Future

This apprenticeship isn’t just about acquiring skills; it's about making a significant impact in the world of science and beyond. You’ll emerge not only with a prestigious qualification but as a pivotal part of the scientific community, ready to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.

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Delivery and assessment

At the end of your qualification, you will complete an EPA which comprises of:

  • An online knowledge test

  • A practical observation

  • A professional review

To view the End Point Assessment guide, click here.

Example job roles

Laboratory Technician Education Science (General) - Working with teachers, lecturers and university staff to develop apparatus, equipment and resources for school / college / university research and experimentation.

Laboratory Technician Education Science (Maintenance) - Developing and advising maintenance requirements for apparatus, resources and equipment to be used for experimental research.

Laboratory Technician Industry - Working with companies in many areas ranging from Pharmaceuticals, through to Concrete and Water. Responsibilities may include performing environmental monitoring, testing products to ensure compliance with specifications or undertaking research and development.

Pay and training

As an apprentice, you’ll be:

  • Entitled to at least the National Minimum Apprenticeship Wage. For more information, visit here.

  • Paid for time for training or study as part of your apprenticeship

  • Entitled to holiday pay and other employee rights

At least six hours per week of your normal working hours must be spent on ‘off the job’ training. Your ‘off the job’ training might happen every week, every month or in a separate block of time.

Entry requirements

You must be employed within a relevant job role to undertake the programme. Employers offer apprenticeship vacancies and will set job-specific entry requirements. We can also assist in finding you a suitable employer.

If you do not already hold a minimum GCSE Grade 4 in English and Maths (or equivalent) you will be required to study Functional Skills over three days in these areas as part of your apprenticeship. You must be able to achieve a minimum of Level 2 in your Initial Diagnostic Assessment to be accepted onto this apprenticeship.

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Future career and study opportunities

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship you could progress on to higher level apprenticeships.

With experience, you could become:

  • A Lab Supervisor

  • Lab Manager

  • Specialise in complex analysis work

  • Laboratory Assistant

  • Laboratory Technician


For more information about this qualification, please contact our team at or call 01793 498 208.

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