Apprenticeship Laboratory Technician UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

Do you want to be part of the innovation and technological advancement? This role will enable you to complete the job role of a TAE2b Laboratory Technician, providing effective and efficient technical support to the School of Biological Sciences research laboratories and facilities

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Closing date: 31 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    This will increase throughout the apprenticeship.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:12pm

    Total hours per week: 36.0

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    18 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • To assist in contributing to the day to day technical operation of the research laboratories and specialist facilities.
  • To assist other team members to plan, organise and carry out a range of services offered by the technical team
  • To assist in making accurate and effective use of computerised and manual record keeping systems in order to compile information including statutory inspection reports, maintenance and service schedules and to create & update Standard Operating Procedures and risk assessments for allocated laboratory equipment
  • To assist in providing guidance and coaching to junior colleagues, staff and students in relation to technical services and allocated laboratory equipment.
  • To attend relevant meetings when requested by manager in support of standard work activities.
  • To take on work in own right as experience increases (at discretion of Senior Technical Manager).

The training you will be getting

You will be expected to be at college on day release and at work the other 4 days. At the end you will have a Level 3 qualification in Laboratory Technician.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

You will be offered a permanent position at the end of the apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C +) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C+) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 4/C +) Desired

Things to consider

Laboratory work can be very physical. A college leaver is preferred, however not essential. The SoBS laboratories are hazardous places with biological, chemical and physical hazards ever present. It can be dirty, smelly and involve living plants and animals, tissue and by-products.

About the employer

Join our community of staff, students and researchers at the University of Southampton. As a global top 100 university, our expert academics and wide range of study options will help you achieve your goals.




Institute for Life Sciences Building

85 Highfield Campus


SO17 1BJ

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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 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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