Apprentice Laboratory Technician ALS LABORATORIES (UK) LIMITED

An exciting opportunity has arisen within our Wakefield laboratory where we are looking to appoint enthusiastic and dedicated individuals with a passion for science. As part of the ALS team, you'll be involved in a wide range of analytical areas which include the testing of drinking and wastewater for various customers including utility customers.

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Closing date: 31 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Year 1 - £8.06 per hour based upon 37 hours per week Year 2 - £8.56 per hour (or minimum whichever is higher) This is subject to a review which will be implemented April 2024.

  • Working week

    4 days per week at the workplace (flexibility is necessary due to some departments operating shifts) and 1 day at college in the academic terms. Shift patterns to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    29 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    13 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

As an apprentice analyst you will be trained in various analytical techniques including instrumentation.

  • Year 1 will place the apprentice in several departments at the Wakefield site to include both Microbiology and Chemistry analysis
  • Year 2 will see the apprentice placed in a single department to consolidate their skills and knowledge in preparation for the end point assessment
  • You will be expected to manage your apprenticeship studies alongside your work commitments with support from the ALS Apprentice Management Team and Kirklees College

The training you will be getting

Level 3 Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship Standard qualification.

1 day per week in college, at Kirklees College, Waterfront Centre in Huddersfield.

You will complete an End Point Assessment this will involve the following:

  • Knowledge test
  • Observation with questioning
  • An interview

Where an apprentice has not already achieved Level 2 English and maths, they must do so before taking the end-point assessment.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Role of Laboratory Analyst.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Aptitude for learning, Ability to work to deadlines, Ability to work under pressure


GCSE or equivalent English, maths and science and at least 2 others (Grade 5 or above) Essential

Things to consider

Will be working with chemicals and waste waters.

About the employer

ALS Environmental is one of the UK’s leading providers of testing and analytical services to a wide variety of customers enabling them to meet their environmental regulatory requirements. We offer an extensive range of UKAS, MCERTS and DWTS accredited analytical services for Water, Land and Waste monitoring. We have developed a range of analytical services that meet our customers’ specific needs, including standard industry, regulatory and bespoke analytical suites. We can respond to customers’ analytical and sampling requirements via our network of laboratories and service centres across the UK and Ireland. We continue to remain at the forefront of the testing services industry, building an enviable reputation.




Unit 11 Silkwood Park

Janes Hill



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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

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