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Level 5 Technician Scientist Apprenticeship (Protein and Cell Engineering) - Vertex Pharmaceuticals Cogent Ssc

This role will involve working to support our molecular cloning and protein expression teams where we generate tool reagents (nucleic acids, proteins and cells) that are instrumental in keeping our in-house projects running. Entailing the understanding and use of every aspect of plasmid DNA in research and experiments using cutting edge equipment.

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Closing date: today

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £17,500.00

  • Working week

    40 hours per week. Monday to Friday with 1 hour unpaid lunch breaks (Times to be confirmed).

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    39 months

  • Possible start date

    12 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    28 Sep 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Higher
    Level 5 (Higher national Diploma)

  • Reference number

    VAC001770233

  • Positions

    1 available

The Laboratory Scientist Apprenticeship will be embedded within our Biology Department where we undertake research to discover therapies for serious diseases. The successful apprentice will need a character that is reliable and diligent, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work undertaken.

In particular, this role will involve working to support our molecular cloning and protein expression teams where we generate tool reagents (nucleic acids, proteins and cells) that are instrumental in keeping our in-house projects running. The role will entail the understanding and use of every aspect of plasmid DNA in research and experiments using state-of-the-art scientific equipment. You will be imbedded within a wider organisation that is dedicated to drug discovery and benefit from the passion and knowledge of your colleagues. Regular discussions, talks and presentations from within and outside of the organisation will allow you to learn about and understand disease biology, the drug discovery process and how medicines work.

Understanding and working to strict safety and ethical guidelines is paramount to this role. The apprentice will be expected to work both individually and as part of a laboratory team. With appropriate time, training and experience, they will be able to work with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality, accuracy and recording of the work that is undertaken. They will be proactive in finding solutions to problems and helping identify ways to improve processes.


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Good ability to multitask
  • Problem solving skills
  • Good numerical and IT skills

Personal qualities

  • Attention to detail
  • Teamworker and considerate to members of team and wider organisation
  • Highly motivated and drive to develop oneself
  • Demonstrates reliability and integrity
  • Enthusiasm

Desired qualifications

To be eligible for this position you will need:

  • 5 GCSE’s (or equivalent) grade A*-C (4-9) including Maths, English and Science
  • You must have gained a minimum of 80 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 A-level subjects including either Chemistry or Biology (or equivalent, e.g. BTEC) and an additional Science or Maths

Future prospects

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship you will be eligible to apply for other positions within the business. The training will expose the apprentice to a wide range of skills and competencies which would make them well placed for further study or suitable for many job opportunities in the life sciences sector.

Things to consider

  • Please ensure that you currently live within or can relocate to a commutable distance of the site
  • The individual will be working within a laboratory environment and must therefore adhere to site dress code procedures and personal hygiene standards during testing activities (e.g. correct use of PPE such as laboratory coats and glasses; and removal of all jewellery and make-up upon entry into controlled clean room areas)
  • The individual will be required to handle hazardous materials (e.g. chemicals, microorganisms) and so must adhere to the relevant procedures
  • The work pattern involves day and shift working dependent upon the needs of the business
  • All applications to be made through Cogent Skills Recruitment - Cogent Skills will be the direct employer for this Apprenticeship and you will be hosted by Vertex

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

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About the employer

Our apprenticeship and graduate services have been supporting science industry employers to attract, retain and develop people who can contribute to business success since 2012.

We are fully registered on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers and the Register of Apprenticeship Training Agencies. We provide a range of services including apprenticeship training, outsourced employment, recruitment, and consultancy.

We specialise in apprentices, undergraduates and graduates, and our team have years of experience focusing on the requirements of the science sector, meaning we understand the industry and can provide a completely tailored service. We also pride ourselves on providing independent advice and guidance if you require a service we don’t currently offer. For these reasons, we are trusted by the largest science using companies in the world.

Our apprenticeship and graduate services are also part of the Cogent Skills parent body which has charitable status and is a not-for-profit organisation. Cogent Skills also acts as the strategic partner to industry and provides support to the Science Industry Partnership (SIP) and the Nuclear Skills Strategy Group (NSSG) which are fully established membership forums.

Employer

Cogent Ssc

Address

86-88 Jubilee Avenue

Milton Park

Milton

Abingdon

OX14 4RW

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Training

Training provider

COGENT SSC LIMITED

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Cogent Ssc

Contact

Chloe Barrow chloe.barrow@cogentskills.com

Level 5 Technician Scientist Standard.

  • Training to be provided will be a mixture of on-site training, e-learning and block release with Kent
  • FdSc Applied Bioscience (Foundation Degree) with potential to progress to BSc (Hons) Degree in Applied Bioscience
  • Training to be part of contracted hours making up the working week

Apprenticeship standard

Technician scientist

Level 5 (Higher national Diploma)


Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: today