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Laboratory Technician Level 3 - Apprenticeship Catalent Pharma Solutions

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Closing date: 19 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Location: Swindon (based on site when not at college). Free car parking. Location is accessible via local bus. Benefits: Pension scheme, bonus (6% max), Canteen on site, 24 days annual leave, Reward and Recognition programmes

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 37.5 hours per week (30 mins lunch – unpaid). Flexible Hours

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    15 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    30 Jul 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    6 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Role overview

The Apprentice Technician will learn and assist in many aspects of the Analytical Support role and the put these learnings into practice within the laboratories.

The Apprentice will manage and monitor the requirements for the maintenance and calibration of highly scientific equipment in a busy laboratory environment.

The Apprentice will provide hands on support for practical calibration work and assist the analysts in the various analytical teams in the troubleshooting of equipment faults and communicating with the Analytical Support team and service providers for external engineer support.

The Apprentice will be responsible for hosting the external engineers on site and for the review of the documentation and summary reports.

The Apprentice will learn about, and participate in, the requirements for Data Integrity and cGMP and understand the critical importance of these in a pharmaceutical laboratory.

The Apprentice will participate in improvement project work and develop an understanding of analytical equipment breakdowns failure modes and the techniques to identify faults and rectify.


What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

On the job training will be provided by the employer and the apprenticeship delivery will be with New College, Swindon and will consist of the following elements:

Mandatory Knowledge Qualification: Level 3 Certificate in Laboratory Technical Skills (QCF)

Behaviours & Skills

End Assessment consisting of:

Review of Behaviours 

Synoptic Assessment Test 

Vocational Competence Discussion 

Scenario Case Study 

Functional Skills English*

Functional Skills Maths*

* A relaxation/proxy will apply if the candidate has achieved relevant acceptable qualifications at the acceptable grade/level

Apprenticeship standard
Laboratory technician

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

If apprentice does well, then there is the potential that this role may become permanent, but this cannot be confirmed at this stage.  The contract is a fixed term contract until the end of the apprenticeship

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Non judgemental


GCSE or equivalent 3 further GCSEs (Grade C/5) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English and maths (Grade Grade C/5) Essential
A Level or equivalent Science (Grade E) Essential

Things to consider

Location: Swindon (based on site when not at college). Free car parking. Location is accessible via local bus. Train station is 15 approx. minute drive by car. Benefits: Pension scheme, bonus (6% max), Canteen on site, 24 days annual leave, Reward and Recognition programmes

About the employer

Employer Description about the Company that will be shown on the Advertisement Why Work for Us: Our Vision is to be the world’s most trusted, reliable and innovative drug development and delivery partner by upholding the highest industry standards and exceeding customer expectations, while driving strong, sustained growth for the company. About Catalent: Catalyst + Talent. Our name combines these ideas. From drug and biologic development services, to delivery technologies to supply solutions, our highly skilled and dedicated global team of over 9,500 is passionate about improving health and wellness by combining their personal expertise and advanced technologies to advance science and supply products of the highest quality to customers and patients around the world. Catalent offers rewarding opportunities to further your career! Join the global drug development and delivery leader and help develop some of the nearly 200 products we launch each year or help supply over 7,000 products for patients around the world. Catalent is an exciting and growing international company where our professionals work directly with pharma, biopharma and consumer health companies of all sizes to advance new medicines from early development to clinical trials and to the market, for the benefit of patients globally. Our MISSION is to develop, manufacture and supply products that help people live better, healthier lives. OUR VALUES are at the foundation of everything we do: o Patient First: We put patients at the centre of our work to ensure the safety, reliable supply and optimal performance of our products. o Customer Dedication: We strive to exceed our customers’ expectations every day. o People: We are committed to the growth, development and engagement of our people. o Innovation: We develop and apply innovative solutions, superior technologies and continuously improved processes. o Integrity: We demonstrate respect, accountability and honesty in every interaction. o Excellence: We have a passion for excellence in everything we do. Catalent. More products. Better treatments. Reliably supplied.™ Visit to explore career opportunities.


Catalent Pharma Solutions


Frankland Road




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Training provider



Jenny Wood

01793 202578

Apprenticeship standard

Laboratory technician

Level 3 (A level)

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