Laboratory Technician, Apprenticeship
Laboratory Technicians are found in a huge number of organisations, from primary and secondary pharmaceuticals to nuclear companies. You will interact with many members of different sectors when carrying out this job, so effective communication is key. You will also develop skills in problem solving and working independently and in a team.
As a Weston College student you will become part of our exciting new Career Excellence Hub in Health and Social Care. This means you will take part in a study programme with lots of career boosting benefits, all with the aim of giving you the opportunity to become career ready!
What does the course involve?
The broad purpose of the occupation is working in technology to carry out both routine and one-off laboratory testing (and manufacturing where relevant) and perform a variety of technical support functions across the organisation.
This apprenticeship covers a broad range of occupational roles, from supporting scientists and engineers in research and development work, to providing quality assurance or analytical science services. You will also be given the opportunity to learn functional skills (such as maths and English) if required.
How will the course be assessed?
Your practical skills will be assessed. Assessors will also visit you in your workplace to review your progress and make sure you are on target to get your qualifications. The end-point assessment will include workplace observation and discussion with the registered assessor. You will also be required to undertake a vocational competence discussion and complete a written situational analysis exercise.
What future study opportunities and careers are there? After this apprenticeship, you can progress to a higher apprenticeship qualification or higher education, including the degree in Biological Laboratory Sciences at University Centre Weston. You will be able to work in a variety of settings – from health care and pharmaceuticals to universities – performing the practical, hands-on work required by laboratories.
What do I do next?
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You will need to be in relevant employment, but we can help you find this. You will also need five GCSEs at grade 9-4, including English and maths, or have successfully completed a Level 2 programme.
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