Chemistry Laboratory Apprentice Youngs Seafood Ltd

An exciting opportunity to learn analytical techniques for the analysis of food samples. As part of the chemistry team you will ensure that all samples received each week are tested and results are read and released on time.

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Closing date: 22 Sep 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday (08:45 – 17:00 )

    Total hours per week: 38.75

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    07 Sep 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

An exciting opportunity has arisen to learn and work with the laboratory team in a large successful manufacturing company. Within this role no two days will be the same.

Key Roles and Accountabilities;


  • Support a positive can do attitude that inspires and motivates team members.
  • Daily temperature checks.
  • Performing analytical tests on food samples.
  • Daily equipment checks.
  • Photocopying.
  • Reporting low stock items.
  • Answering the telephone and speaking to clients.


  • Receiving samples and assessing condition before processing.
  • Preparing samples.
  • Maintaining the standards set by the laboratory.
  • Making colleagues aware of any problems.
  • Following the methods and procedures detailed in the Quality Manual


  • Support to improve the performance of our assets to maximise value, minimise waste and minimise costs.


  • Take responsibility for our performance and our decisions. Take action to address problems or failures quickly whilst seeking innovative ways of improving.
  • Entering samples onto LIMS.
  • Entering results onto LIMS.
  • Safety & Environment.
  • Conduct our operations in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.
  • Performing daily safety checks.
  • Segregating waste appropriately for recycling.


  • Internal Communications within your own Department.
  • Promote employee involvement with open communication, team work and co-operation.
  • Making colleagues aware of any problems.
  • Communicating with other team members to ensure tests are completed with minimal delay (e.g. ordering media when required).
  • Internal Communications across Departments within the Company.
  • Talking to internal customers on the telephone and face to face to receive orders for stock items and inform customers of missing samples and samples in poor condition.

Decision Making Authority

  • Decision-Taking.
  • Performing analyses and being supported to calculate results.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Confident
  • Enthusiastic
  • Highly motivated
  • Reliable
  • Punctual  
  • Able to work within a team

Personal qualities

  • Motivated
  • Committed
  • Flexible
  • A strong interest in laboratory work
  • A desire to learn
  • Honesty
  • Good communication skills.

Qualifications required

  • 4 GCSE’s (or equivalent) Grade C or above including Maths, English, Science and a technical subject.
  • Must successfully meet the Initial Assessment requirements for the qualification framework by the training provider if relevant.

Future prospects

Opportunities across the Young's Seafood business for hard working, committed individuals.

Things to consider

Apprentice Employment Agency is acting as an Apprentice Training Agency (ATA) and will engage you for the duration of the Apprenticeship and pay your salary. You should be aware that the company/business named in this vacancy is a host employer and you will not be employed by them. Your placement may change during the course of your Apprenticeship. Due to the high number of applications received we cannot respond to all unsuccessful candidates personally. If your application is progressed, we will contact you regarding the application, therefore please ensure you check your phone/emails regularly and respond within 48 hours. The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage (ANMW): From April 2017 the ANMW was set at £3.50 per hour. This applies to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other apprentices the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. The Minimum Wage for Apprentices applies to time spent on the job plus time spent training.

About the employer

Young’s Seafood Limited is the leading UK fish and seafood processor, providing frozen and chilled, branded and retailer branded fish. With a team of over 3,000 people across the UK, we work in long-term partnership with our customers. Using more than 30 species, sourced from 5 continents, our team prepares over 300 million seafood dishes for the UK consumer every year.

Our company, Young’s Seafood Limited is home to our Young’s brand and a wide range of retailer branded fish and seafood dishes, foodservices products and products for export.


Youngs Seafood Ltd


Ross House

Wickham Road


DN31 3SW

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Training provider

  • Apprenticeship in Life Sciences and Chemical Science Professionals
  • Technical Certificate
  • Functional Skills
  • Employee rights and responsibilities

Apprenticeship framework

Laboratory and Science Technicians

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Nicholas Associates


Becky Bartle 0345 003 0007

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Closing date: 22 Sep 2017