Laboratory Technician Apprentice University of Oxford

We have a number of exciting opportunities for you to join us an an apprentice Laboratory Technician across various departments at the University of Oxford. You will be guided by experts in their field and have the support of a workplace mentor to ensure you achieve your full potential. This is just the start of your journey with Oxford University.

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

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Closing date: 20 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    You'll enjoy 38 days’ paid holiday, generous pension schemes, travel discounts and professional development opportunities. Free entry to the Botanic Gardens and University colleges, and discounts at University museums.

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm

    Total hours per week: 36.5

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    22 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

There will be lots of variety in your role but some of your daily duties could include:

  • Grading, sorting and washing up of laboratory glass and plastic-ware.
  • Operation of autoclave for making-safe waste for disposal, sterilisation of glass, plastic-ware and media.
  • Maintaining stocks and reporting shortages.
  • Working with blood, human products and human tissues
  • Adhere to health and safety procedures
  • Help the Laboratory Manager to facilitate the continuity and the smooth running of laboratories
  • Prepare media and solutions involving the use of a balance, stirrer and dispenser
  • Assemble, maintain, adjust and service equipment

The training you will be getting

Through the training provider, CSR Scientific Training, you will undertake a Level 3 Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship which will include: 

·       Fully recognised apprenticeship qualification - Level 3 Laboratory Technician 

·       On-the-job competency training 

·       Theoretical knowledge - BTEC Level 3 Applied Science

The majority of your learning will be completed online once a week with some face-to-face practical sessions/exams in Sutton Coldfield.

Upon successful completion, apprentices can apply for professional registration as a Registered Science Technician, RSciTech, with either the Royal Society of Chemistry or Royal Society of Biology.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Over 80% of our apprentices continue with us in the role they have been trained for after their apprenticeship and that is just the start of their career.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade (Grade C/4 or above)) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade (Grade C/4 or above)) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade (Grade C/4 or above)) Essential

About the employer

We are the largest employer in Oxfordshire with around 14,000 staff working in and around Oxford in a huge range of roles. Our apprentices are never on their own and will benefit from a supportive environment working in collaboration with the rest of our committed team. You will also be supported by the central apprenticeship team and you will join our growing network of apprentices within the university. You will have the opportunity to become an apprenticeship ambassador for the University and region. We will provide you with a welcoming and inclusive workplace, offering support and development opportunities that will enable you to progress and do your best work. We recognise diversity as our strength, vital for innovation and creativity, and we aspire to build a truly diverse community, which values and respects every individual’s unique contribution.


University of Oxford


University Offices

Wellington Square



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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


Cris Galli

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.

Apply now

Closing date: 20 May 2024