QC Laboratory Technician apprentice INEOS COMPOUNDS AYCLIFFE LIMITED

Through onsite work experience with market leader INEOS Compounds supplying PVC compounds to a global market. You will be at the forefront of compound sampling and testing. You will work closely with both the onsite quality team and a dedicated assessor/tutor who is an expert in the field of quality control to guide you through the apprenticeship.

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Closing date: 10 Jun 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday, 9.00am - 5.00pm and Friday, 9.00am - 4.30pm (30 mins unpaid lunch per day)

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jul 2023

  • Date posted

    25 Apr 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • To carry out product testing to ensure that all PVC compounds are manufactured to the required quality standards, are available for delivery to Customers’, and that any non-conforming product is isolated and recovered where possible
  • Environmental testing to ensure the company complies with any environmental requirements
  • Incoming assessment of raw materials through processing of CofA’s
  • To assist in method development of new techniques where required
  • Carry out legionella and water testing to comply with current legislation
  • Carry out defined quality assessments of incoming Raw Materials

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

The training that will be delivered within this apprenticeship will initialy be in line with the Level 3 Laboratory technician apprenticeship standard however the training will also open out to other areas including the following:

  • Six Sigma training
  • Problem solving and DMAIC
  • INEOS' products
  • INEOS' manufacturing processes
  • Laboratory polymer testing
  • Managing health & safety
  • Environmental legislation
  • Project management

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • The successful candidate, on completion of the Apprenticeship and having demonstrated the appropriate skills and aptitude, will be supported to develop and progress within the company if a position is available
  • The potential could lead to QC supervisor/manager, further input into the site SHE strategy

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Safety conscious work ethic, Positive attitude


GCSE or equivalent 5 GCSEs grade 4 or above including Maths, English (Grade 4-9 or equivalent) Desired
A Level or equivalent 3 A levels including either Chemistry or Physics (Grade C or above) Desired

Things to consider

Must be willing and able to travel to and from site/training venue, as required both in Newton Aycliffe. Normal colour vision is essential for this role Have the capacity to produce reliable, accurate data of all work undertaken within the lab

About the employer

INEOS Compounds Aycliffe Limited is the largest single site producer of PVC compounds in Europe with its products being sold to other businesses in the construction, cable insulation, packaging, automotive and medical industries. We are at the forefront of PVC compounding technology, incorporating more than 50 years of manufacturing excellence in a comprehensive range of products. Production is split between rigid compounds for pipe, rolling shutter, bottle and window profile customers; and flexible compounds, mainly used for cables, medical and footwear applications. Compounds can be supplied as either granulates or powders and are available in a wide range of packaging to suit our customer’s needs. Vision and values INEOS Compounds follows a systematic approach in all its activities - research & development, production, commercial and finance. Our Mission is based on Total Quality Management (ISO 9001). We aim to reduce costs where prudently possible, while improving our "Supply Chain" and striving for Excellence in this area of expertise. All resources of INEOS Compounds are targeted at the constantly rigorous control of the Quality Processes. The monitoring of our INEOS Compounds Quality Management System, based on the control of key qualitative and quantitative performance parameters, allows us to fine-tune and adapt our processes and output to an optimal degree. Our customers and their needs are critical at all stages of the process. We are evaluated daily by our customers’ satisfaction. Ongoing customer satisfaction analyses show us as a reliable supplier, and one which is technically valuable and capable of offering economic advantages over competition








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Training provider



Darren Tate



Apprenticeship standard

Laboratory technician

Level 3 (A level)

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