Apprentice Laboratory Technician Intertek Caleb Brett Thornton

Intertek are looking for a Laboratory Technician Apprentice. You will be testing and reporting of submitted samples from Essar Stanlow Refinery and various customers nationally, by agreed methodology, as directed by senior personnel. This will include basic and advanced wet chemistry analysis techniques.

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Closing date: 23 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    27 Months

  • Possible start date

    24 Jun 2024

  • Date posted

    15 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Due to the safety assessment of the site, candidates should be 18
years or older.

To carry out preparation, testing and reporting on submitted samples, by agreed methodology, as directed by senior personnel. This will include all basic testing and preparation and will be with the use of basic and advanced instrumentation techniques.

Duties and Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Performing sample analysis to an acceptable standard and in
    accordance with established procedures (results may require
    checking by senior personnel).
  • Maintaining accurate records of testing and sample observations and calculations
  • Producing reports for samples tested and input of sample results
    into the computer system.
  • Undertaking miscellaneous duties, as requested and approved by
    senior personnel
  • Participating in Inter and Intra Laboratory Correlation Schemes.
  • Maintenance of acceptable housekeeping in the main laboratory.
  • Ensuring that all equipment within the section is maintained to acceptable operating and (where appropriate) with valid calibration standards. Ensure all weekly/monthly equipment calibrations are carried out in the main laboratory.
  • Ensuring the housekeeping in the laboratory is at an acceptable standard at all times – each shift is to clean up before they finish.
  • Carry out testing in accordance with the relevant documented
    standards and test methods
  • Assist with audits (when asked by the senior personnel) and ensuring compliance at all times with any local systems, rules and procedures, including including external accreditation (ISO 9001, ISO 17025, ISO 18001, ISO 14001 etc.) set by the company and/or external certification authorities and ensuring that appropriate quality assurance controls are carried out on a regular basis within the section.
  • Ensure solutions and solvents in the main laboratory are in date, made up as required and correctly labelled in line with GLP and COSHH requirements.
  • Ensure adequate handover occurs with the following shift.
  • Investigate abnormal results to confirm or correct the situation, and if necessary, alert the appropriate staff.
  • Avoiding unsafe acts and follow company Health Safety & Environmental procedures.
  • Becoming familiar with Health Safety & Environmental information issued by the company.
  • Reporting all accidents and incidents no matter how trivial.
  • Reporting near misses, safety concerns and think twices.
  • Ensuring, that relevant risk assessments are consulted for the work being carried out, and if these are unavailable then bringing this to the attention of senior personnel and assisting in the assessment of work related hazards and risks.
  • Ensuring, that relevant COSHH assessments are consulted for the substances being used, and if these are unavailable then bringing this to the attention of senior personnel and assisting in COSHH Assessment where required.
  • Ensuring that the correct Personal Protective Equipment is worn where required.
  • Ensuring that safety devices and manufacturers instructions are followed when using equipment.

Decision Making:

  • Follow the workload set by the senior personnel to meet the time demands in the main laboratory as required by the clients and schedules.
  • Scheduling the tasks and testing in the main laboratory with the use of effective time management.
  • Assess whether results obtained are reasonable, and react appropriately if they are not.
  • Ask for assistance if equipment needs maintenance above your experience.

The training you will be getting

Level 3 Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship Standard, including:

  • Knowledge, Skills & Behaviours
  • End-Point Assessment

Training schedule has yet to be agreed. Details will be made available at a later date.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Possibility of a full-time role within the laboratory team and opportunities for promotion as they arise

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Analytical skills, Team working, Independence, Time management skills


GCSE or equivalent Chemistry/Sciences (Grade C/4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C/4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C/4) Essential

About the employer

Intertek is a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide. Our network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 42,000 people in more than 100 countries, delivers innovative and bespoke Assurance, Testing, Inspection and Certification solutions for our customers’ operations and supply chains. Intertek Total Quality Assurance expertise, is delivered consistently with precision, pace and passion, enabling our customers to power ahead safely. Intertek's Cargo & Analytical Assessment (CAA) business provides quality and quantity measurement, inspection, and laboratory testing services to the global oil, gas, petrochemical, petroleum refining & distribution, natural gas, biofuels, marine, and chemicals industries. Intertek helps clients protect and manage their risk during custody transfer, storage, transportation and other activities related to their cargo assets. Their qualified personnel also provide technical expertise and additive treatment services, helping clients to protect and optimise the return on their cargo business activities.


Intertek Caleb Brett Thornton


Thornton Science Park

Pool Lane, Ince



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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 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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