Chemical Technician Apprentice POETON INDUSTRIES LIMITED

We're looking for our next fearless apprentice to join our ambitious employer - Poeton. You'll work with experts in the industry and take the next steps towards developing your career as a Chemical Technician! Duties include: Develop the skills to carryout testing of test panels, ensuring both Company and Customer specification is met.

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

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Closing date: 28 Feb 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    20 days annual leave plus 8 days bank holiday - and you never have to work on your birthday! Company pension scheme after 3 months Life assurance scheme Employee assistance programme Cycle-to-work scheme and free on-site parking

  • Working week

    38 hours per week 08:00 – 16:30 Mon – Thu 08:00 – 14:00 Fri

    Total hours per week: 38

  • Expected duration

    21 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Mar 2024

  • Date posted

    31 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The main role of the Apprentice Laboratory Technician will be to develop an understanding of how to carry out Chemical and Physical testing of process solutions and coatings in accordance with instruction. Under the direct supervision/guidance of a Laboratory Technician or a qualified trainer this role will include the maintenance of all process tanks; to ensure they meet both Company and Customer specification, record keeping and ensuring the laboratory is fully operational at all times. This role will involve interaction with internal operations, production and quality team.
Accountabilities and Responsibilities include: 

  • Develop the skills to be able to maintain all process tanks to ensure they meet both Company and Customer specification.
  • Develop the skills to carry out chemical analysis – routine or otherwise and to ensure they are performed according to the planned schedule.
  • Develop the skills to be able to make additions to tank process solutions as necessary.
  • Develop the skills to carryout testing of test panels, ensuring both Company and Customer specification is met.
  • Develop the knowledge to be able to monitor and maintain process chemical stock levels.
  • Develop an understanding and gain the skills required to ensure analysis records are maintained and data is accurately recorded onto our I.T. system.
  • Develop the skills required to ensure the laboratory is maintained, clean and organised at all times by undertaking regular house-keeping and equipment maintenance procedures. Note: the laboratory should always be fully operational and kept in a safe, clean and tidy working condition at all times.
  • Develop the skills required to carry out air monitoring tests as required.
  • Develop the skills necessary to be able to communicate with Customers, Visitors, Suppliers in an appropriate, pleasant and responsive manner.
  • To research technical topics as required.
  • To assist other departments as and when required following the instruction of the Technical Manager.

The training you will be getting

At Tiro we’re obsessed with changing lives through science and technology apprenticeships so we can’t wait to have you on board.

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 Poeton who together, will make sure you develop the knowledge, skills, and work habits you’ll need to succeed in your career.

Being an apprentice is hands-on, so you’ll get the chance to learn things you might otherwise not have experienced in a university or college environment.

The best part? You’ll be earning a salary while you gain your qualifications, meaning no huge student loans to pay back at the end of the programme! 

You will become a qualified Laboratory technician.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

When you join Poeton Industries, the possibilities for your success are limitless. As a successful applicant, you have the potential to secure a full-time position within the company at the conclusion of your apprenticeship.

Through practical training on the job, you will acquire new skills and gain the competence and responsibility required for laboratory testing. This apprenticeship program 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 program unlocks a multitude of career paths, granting you access to diverse organisations across various sectors. Whether it's the chemical and pharmaceutical industries (primary and secondary), biotechnology companies, nuclear enterprises, analytical science services, or educational institutions, the doors are wide open.

This apprenticeship can also help pave the way for further educational and professional advancement. You may choose to pursue higher-level qualifications through one of our Degree Apprenticeships such as Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Applied Chemical Science.

Rest assured, your hard work and determination will not go unnoticed!

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative


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

About the employer

Today, designers, engineers, and manufacturers like you are pushing conventional materials to their limit. Finding the right surface treatment solution is critical if your components are to succeed in new, challenging, or extreme operating conditions. Poeton has been a pioneer in surface treatment solutions for over 120 years. We pride ourselves on delivering excellence, and to do this we ensure all our staff are developed into highly skilled experts in their field. Our vision and values are at the core of what we do. Our vision of ‘delivering excellence as the surface engineering partner of choice’ drives us to offer the best possible customer experience at all points of their journey with us. Our Poeton values define what it means to be a member of the Poeton team. Whether you are on the frontline processing customers parts or provide a supporting role in the office, we all respect their importance to the way we operate.




Poeton Industries Ltd Eastern Avenue



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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


Greg Murray

01273 776779

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

Follow the link to complete your application through our Tiro website. Your application will then be reviewed and a member of the team will be in touch to speak with you further!

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

Apply now

Closing date: 28 Feb 2024