Laboratory Technician Apprentice KING'S COLLEGE LONDON

This is an amazing opportunity to learn and develop the skills to provide scientific and/or technical support covering a broad range of simple and/or routine tasks – based on specified methods, working with support from experienced colleagues.

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

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Closing date: 26 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 8.00am - 5.00pm.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    11 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What you will do in your working day

As the successful apprentice you will develop technical support skills and knowledge, solving simple problems, and contributing to the creation of a stimulating, innovative and inclusive environment across the University enabling students and staff to thrive and develop.

You will work with different faculty and directorate technical teams on a rotating basis, developing knowledge and skills, and learning a broad range of practical scientific techniques to support research and education activities at King’s.

During your apprenticeship you will be expected to complete all assessments in order to pass the Level 3 Laboratory Technician apprenticeship standard over a period of 24 months.

You will learn the skills to carry out the following tasks; 

  • Assist in providing a service, under regular direct supervision whilst building the required competencies, where there are established standards and requirements of the service, seeking clarification where required to deliver the service
  • Learn to use equipment and techniques to provide the required services
  • Work to an agreed plan, occasionally being required to complete non-routine tasks
  • Help maintain supplies/stocks, local facilities and operations, ensuring efficient use of resources and undertaking receipt of goods, maintaining allocated equipment and wider facilities maintenance as required
  • Solve standard, day-to-day problems, reporting non-routine matters to personal mentor, or local supervisor
  • Assist in monitoring Health & Safety standards in laboratories and communicate any problems/issues to relevant technical staff
  • Assist in Stores – unpacking deliveries and distributing consumables to relevant staff
  • Assist with the maintenance and/or servicing of laboratory equipment
  • Develop understanding of how to interpret and evaluate routine data
  • Build good working relationships with staff and students, actively engaging with the immediate team, co-operating and working with other team members, providing basic guidance to new team members as required
  • Communicate, both orally and in writing, in a clear and precise fashion

The training you will be getting

During your apprenticeship you will work alongside experienced members of the team learning and developing your skills and knowledge. You will also attend Kingston College for your off the job training, to complete Laboratory Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship qualification. Here you will cover the following units; 

  • Science Fundamentals
  • Microbiology
  • Understand Regulatory Environment
  • Product Testing Techniques
  • Control of Hazards in the Laboratory
  • Laboratory Techniques
  • Quality Procedures
  • Data Protection
  • Analysis, interpretation and evaluation of data

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

This standard aligns with the following professional recognition: The Royal Society of Biology, Royal Society of Chemistry and Institute of Physics have worked together with the Science Council to publish learning guides intended to further enhance career prospects and support the professional standards they have a duty to uphold within their Royal Charters.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Creative, Patience


GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 4) Essential

Things to consider

As the successful apprentice you will work on a rotational basis. During your apprenticeship you will have the opportunity to work across different sites, including; The Strand - Strand, London, WC2R 2LS Denmark Hill - 16 De Crespigny Park, London, SE5 8AF Guys - Great Maze Pond, London SE1 1UL

About the employer

King's College London provides a dynamic habitat for individuals looking to expand their career prospects. Whether you are interested in research, teaching or professional services, King’s has a range of job and career opportunities available. With its world-leading position in education and research as well as its commitment to service, King’s is dedicated to improving the lives of people around the globe while supporting individual growth through an inspiring work environment. As such, it's no surprise that many top professionals, researchers, and scientists have chosen to develop their careers at King's over the years – join them now and take your career to new heights!




Kings College London, Strand



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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

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

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

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Closing date: 26 Apr 2024