Beckers is the number one supplier of Coil Coatings and a leading supplier of Industrial paints worldwide. Beckers is looking for candidates to join their team to undertake Laboratory assistance in product development, testing, colour matching along with the recording and maintaining of data.

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Closing date: 16 Oct 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Starting wage from £14,215.76 - £19,777.16 per year

  • Working week

    Monday to Thursday, 8.30am - 4.45pm and Friday, 8.30am - 3.45pm (45 mins unpaid lunch)

    Total hours per week: 36.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    20 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    14 Aug 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

You will move around between three departments learning all aspects of each.

This role is to gain an understanding of both business sectors and use this knowledge to assist in the development, testing and colour matching of batches of paint. You will support the business in safely maintaining the highest quality products to satisfy customer and regulatory requirements.

Main duties will include:

  • To undertake practical laboratory work, including:
  • Paint formulation
  • Colour matching
  • Small scale paint manufacture
  • Raw material evaluation
  • Paint application (use of spray equipment and booths)
  • Physical testing of paints
  • Process inspections
  • Chemical resistance testing of paints
  • Product Integrity Testing
  • Preparation of external weathering samples
  • Record keeping including, writing reports, maintaining electronic records, archiving of approved samples and records
  • Assist with support work, including supervision of batches in production, auditing, investigation of production problems, testing and root cause analysis, customer complaints, and finding re-work outlets for redundant paint
  • Engage in proactive stock management
  • To be competent and fully compliant in the safe operation of equipment, including: general lab equipment & ovens, calibration of laboratory equipment, operation of accelerated weathering cabinets
  • Maintain a clean and safe working environment through daily housekeeping inspections and adherence to 5S practices
  • Highlight unsafe conditions, taking reasonable care of oneself and others
  • To comply with Beckers Health and Safety policy and any Beckers procedures and rules that apply to your role
  • Adhere to the Becker’s code of conduct at all times
  • Promote and engage in the communication and implementation of Beckers’ values and culture

The above list is not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to perform reasonable additional duties.

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

As an apprentice you will complete a Laboratory Technician Level 3 qualification with a national Training Provider.

Your apprenticeship Training will focus on your job, is completed at the workplace, and you will be allocated a tutor and a study session in your working week.

Components of the Laboratory Level 3 Apprenticeship:

  • Competence/Knowledge based qualification
  • Functional Skills - maths/English (if required)[AJ1] 
  • End Point Assessment – Final Knowledge Test, Observation and Discussion

This apprenticeship is run in association with The British Coatings Federation, which is the sole UK Trade Association representing the interests of the decorative, industrial and powder coatings, printing inks and wallcovering manufacturers.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Fully Qualified Laboratory Chemist, Technician, QC Technician - Possible paths of career progression within the company to move into different areas of the business
  • Full-time Permanent job opportunity for the right candidate
  • Good Holiday Package
  • Company Bonuses

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent English, Maths & Science (Grade 4-9) Desired

Things to consider

Due to Health & Safety Reasons you must be over 18 to applied to this role Applicants must not have a colour vision deficiency

About the employer

The ATA will employ you on behalf of this organisation whilst you are completing your apprenticeship qualification.




Beckers Industrial Coatings

Goodlass road

L24 9HJ


Michelle McCutcheon


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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Laboratory technician

Level 3 (A level)

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