Apprentice - Microbiology & Sterility Laboratory MERCK SHARP AND DOHME (UK) LIMITED

The successful candidate will utilise specified laboratory equipment and perform laboratory tasks using scientific techniques and methods. The apprentice will also effectively produce and interpret scientific information and data, as well as identify problems and apply appropriate quality management systems to investigate causes and implement solutions.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 30 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday: 9am - 5pm (breaks to be confirmed)

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    23 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    4 days ago

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Perform microbiology testing, including bioburdens, plate reading, sterility testing, growth promotion, and inactivation, as per Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Report deviations in the Quality Management System and complete non-investigative records.
  • Conduct testing of intermediate and finished products in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practice and relevant pharmacopoeia requirements

The training you will be getting

Laboratory Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard

  • You will receive the Level 3 Laboratory Technician qualification via Corndel and will be 1 day a week

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

With experience, you could:

  • Become a lab supervisor or lab manager
  • Specialise in complex analysis work
  • Apply to become a Registered Science Technician to develop your career

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade Level 2) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade Level 2) Essential

About the employer

Our people, are our greatest asset - whether creating medicines to address the world's most urgent health challenges, developing technology-based healthcare solutions, or ensuring a steady supply of essential vaccines, they all embrace the spirit of invention... relentlessly seeking innovative, novel and intelligent ways to help ensure healthier, happier lives for patients across the UK. At MSD we are "Inventing for Life”. This is built through the incredible people we employ, the valued partners we embrace, and ultimately the patients whose lives we positively impact by helping to make them healthier and happier. Our success is built upon our highly motivated and passionate people and our culture and direction as a company is fully supported by our leaders. .




Walton Manor


Milton Keynes



Millie Daria Jaffa


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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

Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 30 Jun 2024