Laboratory Technician Apprentice MYCOPLASMA EXPERIENCE LTD

A fantastic opportunity has become available to come and work in our small team, with a variety of skills to learn. From routine testing of cell cultures and vet samples for the presence of Mycoplasma, to production of media and international shipping. Earn a salary whilst working towards a nationally recognised Laboratory Technician qualification.

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Closing date: 28 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Start and finish times to be arranged with candidate.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Aug 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

Some of your duties will include:

  • Mycoplasma culture testing for both cell culture and veterinary samples.
  • Lab support – washing bottles, using the autoclave, re-stocking labs, weekly and monthly cleaning maintenance.
  • Moving onto regulatory testing when competent and trained.
  • Good Quality Manufacturing (GMP) training will be given as we are inspected by the MHRA. Will be expected to adhere to ALCOA+ GMP rules of accuracy and record keeping.
  • Help book in samples.
  • Help label media bottles when large batches are made.
  • Media production, we make agar plates and mycoplasma growth media liquid in house for the testing due in that week.

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

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

  • We would love the candidate to stay working with us here long term.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Team working, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent 2 more subjects (Grade (Grade C/4 or above)) Essential
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 company is situated on a small business park that used to be a working farm so whilst driving is not essential, it is the best way to gain access. There is a bus stop 10-15 minutes away down a countryside footpath.

About the employer

We are the only UK company specialising in Mycoplasmology (Mycoplasma Bacteria). The Company was founded in 1988 by David and Helena Windsor (Director). We are a small microbiology lab that specializes in Mycoplasma bacteria with a team of 4 technical staff and 2/3 admin staff. The company is situated on a small business park that used to be a working farm so whilst driving is not essential, it is the best way to gain access. There is a bus stop 10-15 minutes away down a countryside footpath. There are two main areas to our work. Production of media that is ideal for culturing mycoplasmas which we get orders for, and testing (both culture and PCR) in-house of customer samples using the media.








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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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