Apprentice Laboratory Technician INNOSPEC LIMITED

We are seeking an Apprentice Laboratory Technician to join our Customer Technical Service team, part of Innospec’s Fuel Specialties business, at our Millbrook site. As part of the role, you will receive ongoing training and work towards achieving a degree in Chemistry from the University of Kent.

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Closing date: 28 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday . 37½ hours per week with unpaid 30 minute lunch, shifts TBC.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    5 Years

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    24 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The Customer Technical Service laboratory is responsible for supporting Innospec’s customers in Europe, The Middle East and Africa. The laboratory is involved in problem solving, responding to commercial tenders and developing bespoke products for specific customer’s needs. As such, the work is very varied.

Initially the successful candidate will learn laboratory techniques and application testing. They will support the Senior Chemists with the aim of developing detailed knowledge over the course of the five-year apprenticeship. It is hoped upon completion the successful candidate will understand Innospec’s product range, fuel Chemistry, production methods for legacy/alternative fuels and an insight into how Innospec’s products influence the performance of engines.

Apprentice Laboratory Technician - 

  • Undertake scientific work to aid in the development of new products and support customers.
  • Carry out Laboratory experimental work in accordance with international standard test methods.
  • Collate and communicate experimental results with peers and management.
  • Undertake calibration and quality checks to maintain laboratory instrument performance.
  • Be able to focus on deliverables and to work well within a small team.
  • Ensure laboratory areas are safe and tidy according to local standards.

This is an apprentice position and, as such, a minimum of 20% of the person’s time will be spent on training and personal development – either completing their degree course via distance learning or training as part of their role.

The training you will be getting

  • One day per week remote study 
  • Two in person summer schools at UoK campus 
  • Level 6 Laboratory Scientist 
  • BSc in Applied Chemistry 

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Permanent position.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Organisation skills, Team working, Time management


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

About the employer

Innospec is a global specialty chemicals company focused on bringing innovative new technologies to market combined with a fast and responsive service. We serve a range of industries across the world, bringing our products to customers in markets from oilfields, fuels, refineries and power stations to personal care and performance chemicals. Our global team of approximately 2,200 employees spans 24 countries, applying their extensive experience and market understanding to customers’ local needs. Integrating our global footprint with local service capability enables us to supply quality products that meet and anticipate changing market dynamics.




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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

Apprenticeship standard

Laboratory scientist (degree)

Level 6 (Degree with honours)

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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