Fire and Building Products Testing Technician Apprentice ELEMENT MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY LIMITED

This opportunity is a great way to begin your journey with Element by gaining real-life work experience while you study for a nationally recognised qualification. You’ll perform, prepare for and conduct fire resistance tests, alongside maintaining the testing/safety equipment and laboratory to a standard suitable for the testing undertaken.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 08 Dec 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday – Friday (Shift patterns including: 9.00am - 5.00pm; 7.00am -3.000pm; 12.00pm - 8.00pm). First few months the apprentice will be doing 9.00am - 5.00pm

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    21 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Dec 2023

  • Date posted

    08 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Fabrication of supporting constructions for test specimens
  • Fabrication of specialist constructions required for tests
  • Installation of test specimens
  • Instrumentation of test specimens
  • Conduct tests
  • Demolition and disposal of test remains
  • Maintenance of laboratory, test equipment and safety equipment

The training you will be getting

Laboratory technician L3 apprenticeship standard

  • Over 21 months, you’ll devote a minimum of 6 hours of your working week on ‘off the job’ training
  • This can include theory training (for example, virtual lessons & online learning), alongside practical training (for example shadowing, mentoring, & time spent writing assignments.
  • Together this will count towards a Level 3 Laboratory Technician apprenticeship
  • You’ll be trained by an expert tutor from Tiro as well as an experienced mentor at Element who together, will make sure you develop the knowledge, skills, and work habits you’ll need to succeed in your career
  • Functional skills if required

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Through practical training on the job, you can look forward to a range of potential career paths in industries such as manufacturing, construction, engineering, aerospace, automotive, or research and development. There is a growing demand for skilled professionals who can ensure the quality and reliability of materials used in various sectors
  • This apprenticeship program also serves as a stepping stone towards a rewarding career in laboratory testing, with the added opportunity for the apprentice to become a registered Science technician (RSci Tech)
  • This apprenticeship can also help pave the way for further educational and professional advancement such as our Level 6 Bachelor of Science (BSc) Applied Materials Science Apprenticeship, enabling you to take on more specialised roles or progress into leadership positions

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Initiative, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C/4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C/4) Desired

Things to consider

Due to the remote location a driving license is preferable (although not essential). All applicants must be 18 + due to lab insurance purposes.

About the employer

The High Wycombe facility specializes in product and materials testing and is UKAS accredited to undertake testing for fire resistance, smoke leakage, structural integrity and performance, acoustic testing of building components, mechanical testing of construction products (specialising in timber and fasteners) and pre-completion air leakage and sound insulation testing of buildings. Located just 35 miles west of London, we have been providing testing services to the construction industry for over 40 years.




Chiltern House

Stocking Lane

High Wycombe

HP14 4ND

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


Daisy Goodwin


Apprenticeship standard

Laboratory technician

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

Once you have applied, an member of the resourcing team will review your application. If you are successful, we will be in touch by telephone or email to explain the next steps in the application process. Expected start date: October (But can be sooner if available)

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 08 Dec 2023