Degree Apprentice Development Chemist ROCOL

Apprentice will be based at ROCOL’s facilities in Leeds, West Yorkshire and studying at the University of Bradford. These roles are ideal for candidates looking to begin their careers in industrial chemistry R&D – To study for a degree alongside work in a specialist chemistry laboratory.

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Closing date: 30 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


     Competitive salary  Free parking  Excellent contributory pension scheme  Free on-site gym  25 days holiday per annum

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, 35 hours usually 09:00 to 17:00 but can be flexible

    Total hours per week: 35.0

  • Expected duration

    4 Years

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    11 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Formulating and testing new products to meet customer and market requirements. Reformulating and improving existing products. Producing reports and test data to support this.

Providing lab support in response to customer queries, complaints and opportunities for new product applications. Working with applicable chemical regulations to keep products compliant to the highest standards.  Running their own projects and coordinating with other people that are involved in these: Communicating, organising, report-writing etc. Working with colleagues in other teams (e.g. Marketing, Factory, Sales) to provide customers with the best technical information and service. The whole Development team is responsible for keeping the lab facilities functional, safe, clean and tidy. Looking for potential areas for improvement in any Technical areas: Proposing these as projects and being willing to implement them.

The training you will be getting

  • 4 years -  Level 6 Laboratory scientist Degree
  • Site based with distance learning provided by Bradford University.
  • The amount of hours spent working and training – 20% of time – 7hrs/wk study, 28hrs/wk work.
  • You will recieve a Bachelor’s Degree in a scientific discipline relevant to the job role

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Being an apprentice gives you the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification and develop new skills whilst earning a salary. Apprenticeships are a proven path to good qualifications and a fulfilling career.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 4 or above) Essential
A Level or equivalent Chemistry (Grade B) Essential
BTEC or equivalent Science - 3 Chemistry Related Units (Grade DMM) Essential

About the employer

ROCOL, A Division of ITW Limited we formulate and produce technically differentiated industrial maintenance products: Oils, greases, aerosols, metalworking fluids and paints.




Rocol House

Wakefield Road


LS26 8BS


Gerard McCargo

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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

Apprenticeship standard

Laboratory scientist (degree)

Level 6 (Degree with honours)

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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