Apprentice Laboratory Technician - Level 3 Northumbria University Newcastle

Northumbria University Newcastle are looking to recruit apprentice Laboratory Technicians to assist in providing technical support to academic staff and students and assist in the preparation of equipment and facilities within the above school.

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Closing date: 15 Jul 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Normal working hours are Monday to Thursday, 09:00 -17:00 and Friday, 09:00 – 16:30.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Aug 2023

  • Date posted

    10 Mar 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

General duties and responsibilities:

Specific duties will vary from time to time in conjunction with the requirements of the apprenticeship programme: the following list of duties is intended to indicate the general nature of the post and is not exhaustive: 

  • Assist in providing technical support to academic staff and students within the above Department
  • Assist in the preparation of equipment and facilities within the above school
  • Contribute, as directed, to the support of practical laboratory sessions
  • Develop and maintain an awareness of relevant Health & Safety regulations under direction of technical supervisors
  • Develop and maintain a working knowledge of various laboratory techniques 

Specific duties and responsibilities:

  • Assisting in the preparation of materials and equipment for use by staff and students
  • Working as directed by senior technician to support practical teaching sessions, including assisting in the operation and demonstration of equipment
  • Assisting in carrying out routine maintenance of equipment in line with manufacturer’s specifications, & installation of equipment under the direction of supervisory technical staff
  • Assisting in maintaining the work area and equipment, to provide a clean & safe working environment within specialist laboratory areas
  • Assisting in maintaining stock level of consumables
  • Maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of health and safety procedures and issues relating to allocated areas 
  • Any other duties as may reasonably be required by the Manager within the scope of the grade. The particular responsibilities of all members of staff are likely to vary over time, according to the needs of the service

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

Upon successful completion you will gain a Level 3 Laboratory Technician apprenticeship standard. 

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Potential full-time role on completion of the apprenticeship for the right candidate

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent English Language or English Literature (Grade 4/C or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 4/C or above) Essential

About the employer

Northumbria University is based in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne, which is regularly voted the best place in the UK for students, and has campuses in London and Amsterdam. The University has its origins in the Rutherford College, founded in 1880. Today, by putting students at the heart of an outstanding experience, and with world leading research and award-winning partnerships, Northumbria is a challenger institution, transforming to take on tomorrow. Northumbria is ranked in the top 25 in the UK for research power, according to the results of the latest Research Excellence Framework. The University is also ranked top 25 in the UK for the number of graduates entering professional employment, with nine out of ten graduates working or studying six months after graduation. Northumbria works with major employers, including Nike, IBM, Nissan, Proctor & Gamble, the BBC, and the NHS, while more than 560 employers and 60 professional bodies sponsor or accredit the University’s programmes. Innovative and entrepreneurial, we are also ranked top 5 in the UK, and first in the region, for graduate business start-ups. One of the largest universities in the UK, Northumbria works in partnership with higher education institutions across the world and attracts students from 137 countries...


Northumbria University Newcastle


Ellison Building

Ellison Place

Newcastle upon Tyne


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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Laboratory technician

Level 3 (A level)

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