Laboratory and Technical Assistant Apprentice UNION COLOURS LTD

Technical Service position with Union Colours Ltd. Responsible for laboratory-based tasks, which include pigment testing using a variety of pieces of equipment and measuring, recording and analysing results. You will also provide all the required technical support to enable the laboratory to function effectively.

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Closing date: 06 Oct 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday – Friday 9.00am – 17.00. Minimum of 30 hours per week

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    28 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    28 Jun 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Tasks typically involve:

·         Performing laboratory tests to produce reliable and precise data to support development activities.

·         Carrying out routine tasks accurately and following strict methodologies to carry out evaluations.

·         Preparing samples.

·         Maintaining and operating a wide variety of dispersing and colour assessment equipment.

·         Ensuring the laboratory is well-stocked and resourced.

·         Maintain good accurate written records of work carried out.

·         Visual colour measurement, recording and interpreting results to support development activities.

·         Performing mathematical calculations for the determination of test methods and presentation of results.

·         Using computer based colour measurement and rheological programs to give quantitative results.

·         Keeping up to date with technical developments, especially those which can save time and improve reliability.

·         Following and ensuring strict safety procedures and safety checks.

·         To perform these duties in an accurate and timely manner.

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

Level 3 Laboratory Technician.

Training to be provided can be a mixture of on-site training, and day release with Warrington & Vale Royal College.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

All employees are customer facing and we encourage ingenuity, entrepreneurialism and above all reliability.

Direct employees establish reliable technical supply chains, and working with our manufacturing sources and worldwide client base, we offer a complete and competent supply network. If, you have practical ability, exhibit good problem solving and communication skills there are opportunities for progression towards higher qualifications.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English, Maths and Science (Grade C/4) Essential
AS Level or equivalent English, Maths and Science (Grade C/4) Essential

Things to consider

Once trained on specific tasks, the role will involve working alone at times. This will involve routine tasks. Pigments are coloured powders so at times work can be messy daily tasks include maintaining a good level of cleanliness in the laboratories. Travel to and from college and additional training courses as appropriate. Travel line link below

About the employer

Union Colours is the European and UK division of Sincol Corporation and Longyu Pigment and Chemicals Corporation, China. The group was initially established in 1980 and remains a key manufacturer and supplier of organic pigments. Our technical activities are global. Pigment chemistry and new developments are centred in the UK with support from China and South Africa. Union Colours has created a recognised brand, through its extensive technical experience supplying the ink, plastics and coatings markets with a comprehensive range of colours.








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Training provider



Chloe Harrison

Apprenticeship standard

Laboratory technician

Level 3 (A level)

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