Apprentice Laboratory Assistant FERA SCIENCE LIMITED

Join us as an Apprentice Laboratory Assistant and make an invaluable contribution to our Food Safety & Biosecurity! At Fera, we’re making the world a better, healthier and safer place. We’re a joint venture partnership between Bridgepoint and Defra and we’re working proactively to protect the world we live in and the food we eat.

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

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Closing date: 30 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Benefits inc canteen/company pension/employee discount/enhanced maternity & paternity leave/flexible schedule/flexitime/free parking/life insurance/on-site gym/on-site parking/ Sick pay Transport links

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, hours to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    11 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

Our teams are investigating plant and bee health, crop protection and sustainable agriculture. Join us and discover better as you deliver world-class science for the future.

Use your passion for science and practical mindset to kickstart your career in a dynamic and varied work environment. Here, you’ll progress, learn and develop within our world while working for a leading science company. You don’t need experience, just bring your enthusiasm and willingness to learn, and we’ll give you all the tools and resources you need. With on-the-job training, this is your chance to build new and valuable lab skills whilst gaining a recognised qualification - Level 4 (Cert HE) Biological Sciences with Level 3 apprenticeship.

What you'll be doing:

  • Supporting in the core laboratories
  • Responding to emergency delivery needs as they arise
  • Attending York College and University Centre one day a week (term time only)
  • Working independently as well as part of a team
  • Driving transformation in the plant protection programme

What’s in it for you?

​23 days’ holiday (rising to 27) with the opportunity to buy extra leave. 
Flexible working hours, on-site gym, restaurant, and free parking. 
The opportunity to take a paid day out of the office, volunteering for our charity partners or a cause of your choice. 

Company matched pension, life assurance, a cycle2work scheme, 15 weeks’ fully paid maternity, adoption and shared parental leave, paternity pay of two weeks…and plenty more. 

Voluntary benefits designed to suit your lifestyle - from discounts on retail and socialising, to health and wellbeing, travel and technology. 
Access to our Employee Network Groups, which represent every strand of diversity and allow colleagues to connect and learn from each other on an open, inclusive platform.

The training you will be getting

Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship Level 3.

Alongside the apprenticeship you will aslo styde the HNC in Applied Science - Biology Pathway as required by the employer.

What will I study?

You will work towards the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science which will include:

  • Work safely in a laboratory, maintaining excellent housekeeping whilst following appropriate safety, environment and risk management systems
  • Follow quality procedures to meet the requirements of quality standards relevant to the workplace
  • Prepare for laboratory tasks using the appropriate scientific techniques, procedures and methods
  • Perform laboratory tasks following specified methodologies, such as Standard Operating Procedures
  • Use of specified instrumentation and laboratory equipment, including calibration where required
  • Produce reliable, accurate data and keep accurate records of laboratory work undertaken and results
  • Analyse, interpret and evaluate data and identify results requiring further investigation seeking advice of senior colleagues as appropriate
  • Communicate scientific information appropriately, including the use of Laboratory Information Management systems, either digital or paper based
  • Apply scientific techniques for data presentation. e.g. statistics
    Recognise problems and apply appropriate scientific methods to identify causes and achieve solutions
  • Participate in continuous business performance improvement

HNC in Applied Science - Biology pathway (optional):

This course will develop you with a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of Applied Sciences through three core units:

  • Fundamentals of Laboratory Techniques
  • Scientific Data Handling Approaches and Techniques
  • Regulation and Quality in the Applied Sciences
  • Core units (Mandatory)
  • Fundamentals of Laboratory Techniques 15 4
  • Scientific Data Handling Approaches and Techniques
  • Regulation and Quality in the Applied Sciences (Pearson-set)
  • Cell Biology
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • Anatomy and Human Physiology
  • Proposed specialist units
  • Fundamentals of biochemistry
  • Work-based investigation

Method of delivery:

The Apprenticeship delivery involves a blended learning method, using classroom discussion and our virtual learning environment to enhance learning. Apprentices will have a day release to attend College to study the qualification. The apprenticeship will also have progress reviews and observations in the workplace on a 6-8-week basis, checking necessary progress.

How will I be assessed?

There are three parts to End-Point Assessment for the Level 3 apprenticeship:

  • The Knowledge Test assesses an apprentices ability for knowledge recall to enable working safely, maintain accuracy and work cost-effectively. This will involve a multiple-choice question test, with some answers related to a given scenario
  • The Observation with Questioning is an observation in the workplace of the ability of the apprentice to perform laboratory tasks following specific procedures, working safely, and demonstrating an understanding of the data produced.

The Structured Interview covers the whole Apprenticeship Standard and is an opportunity to present evidence to support elements of the standard that were not possible to demonstrate in the observation.
HNC in Applied Science - Biology pathway (optional):

Assessment will be by a variety of methods including:

  • Examination
  • Assignment
  • Open book exam
  • Practical assessment
  • Presentation

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Full time employment.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Organisation skills, Ability to work to deadlines, Ability to follow instruction, Determined


GCSE or equivalent 2 other subjects (Grade 4/C or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent maths (Grade 4/C or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 4/C or above) Essential
A Level or equivalent biology or chemistry or science-based qual (Grade C or above) Essential

Things to consider

We’re an equal opportunity employer, which means we recruit and develop people based on their merit and passion. We’re committed to providing an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment process and working environment for everyone. If you need the job description or application form in an alternative format or if you’d like to discuss other changes or support you might need going forward, please email at and we’ll get back to you.

About the employer

As a trusted partner of industry for over 100 years we are committed to protecting the environment through partnerships and original thinking that address and respond to the challenges ahead. We have brought a wide range of disciplines together in the fields of food, environmental safety and agri-tech including plant, animal and bee health, wildlife and food safety and authenticity that supports the agri-food chain and ultimately protects the consumer.




York Biotech Campus

Sand Hutton


YO41 1LZ

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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



01904 770368

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: 30 Jun 2024