Laboratory Technician Apprentice ALS LABORATORIES (UK) LIMITED

An exciting opportunity has arisen within our Shrewsbury laboratory where we are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and dedicated individual with a passion for science. As part of the ALS team, you will be involved in a range of analytical areas which include the testing of food and processed waters for various customers.

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Closing date: 30 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Pay will increase in the 2nd year to £19,136 or minimum wage, whichever is greater.

  • Working week

    During your apprenticeship period the majority of your working hours will be Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm, however you will be expected to be flexible, as some departments will require you to work outside of these core hours, for example 12:30pm to 9pm.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    20 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

Some of your duties will include:

  • Basic preparation (weighing) of food samples. Pipetting samples and pouring media into petri dishes. Regular cleaning and hand washing is required in this role
  • Working in the media department preparing broths, diluents, and agar plates
  • Working in the pathogen laboratory sub culturing samples and assessing bacterial growth
  • Completing traceability records and adhering to quality policies
  • Performing daily calibrations and checks
  • Ensuring assigned work is carried out in a timely fashion following the relevant procedures

Occupational Health & Safety Responsibilities:

  • Adhere to Health and Safety and Company policies and procedures
  • Adherence to the COSSH Risk Assessment
  • To comply with the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements and ensure safe manual handling of chemicals/equipment
  • To report any near-misses or incidents to the line manager

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 or Level 4 HNC (depending on previous qualifications)

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

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, you could be offered a permanent position with ALS.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working


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

Things to consider

The work can be of a repetitive nature and will involve standing for long periods.

About the employer

ALS is the UK’s leading provider of food and drink testing services. With 6 accredited laboratories located across the UK, ALS offers a comprehensive range of high-quality analytical testing services including microbiological, nutritional, vitamins and minerals, pesticides and contaminants, allergens and speciation.




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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


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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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