Apprentice Laboratory Assistant D M SCIENTIFIC LIMITED

To carry out sample preparation and basic wet chemistry techniques and integrate with our existing laboratory team (currently 6 people). The Laboratory is accredited to ISO17025:2017 so the individual will be required to follow standard operating procedures and have the ability to work as part of a team.

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Closing date: 31 Aug 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm, Friday 8am to 4pm. 30 minute lunch break plus 2 breaks of 15 minutes per day. No weekend work.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    27 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    05 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

An average week at DM Scientific will include:

  • Sample preparation of animal feed, raw materials and forage samples (grass and maize silage)
  • Proximate basic testing such as moisture, ash, oil and protein analysis
  • Washing of glassware and basic laboratory cleaning tasks
  • Working to laboratory hygiene standards
  • Inputting data onto Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)


The training you will be getting

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

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

The qualification received at the end of the apprenticeship is Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship Level 3.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Progression to a full-time ongoing role as Laboratory Technician.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent 2 other subjects (Grade 4/C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent maths (Grade 4/C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent science (Grade 4/C) Essential

Things to consider

There are no public transport links to the workplace, so please ensure you have transport to get to us. After you submit your application, York College will send you a screening email - check your spam folder, too. You must reply, otherwise your application will be rejected.

About the employer

DM Scientific Ltd is a family-run,UKAS accredited laboratory set up in 2009. We provide quality nutritional analysis to the Animal Feed Industry. Our dedicated team deliver a competent analytical service testing a variety of feed and raw material samples from all around the UK and Europe.








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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


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

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