Laboratory Technician Apprentice (Level 3)

PRECISION FOR MEDICINE (UK LABS) LIMITED

ROYSTON, SG8 5HD

Closes in 10 days (Wednesday 31 July)

Posted on 3 July 2024


Summary

We are actively seeking passionate individuals with a keen interest in biology to join our team of budding scientists in the making. Whether you're a fresh school leaver or someone driven by a genuine passion for biology, we encourage you to apply. Join us on a journey where you'll learn and grow within the exciting field of biology.

Annual wage
£18,000 a year

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The pay may be negotiated and may rise after a probation period has been successfully completed.

Training course
Laboratory technician (level 3)
Hours
Monday to Friday, shifts TBC.

37 hours a week

Possible start date

Thursday 1 August

Duration

1 Year 9 Months

Positions available

1

Work

As an apprentice, you’ll work at a company and get hands-on experience. You’ll gain new skills and work alongside experienced staff.

What you’ll do at work

Over 21 months, you’ll devote a minimum of 6 hours of your working week on ‘off the job’ training. This can include theory training (for example, virtual lessons & online learning), alongside practical training (for example shadowing, mentoring, & time spent writing assignments. Together this will count towards a Level 3 Laboratory Technician apprenticeship. You’ll be trained by an expert tutor from Tiro as well as an experienced mentor at  Precision for Medicine  who together, will make sure you develop the knowledge, skills, and work habits you’ll need to succeed in your career.

Being an apprentice is hands-on, so you’ll get the chance to learn things you might otherwise not have experienced in a university or college environment.

The best part? You’ll be earning a salary while you gain your qualifications, meaning no huge student loans to pay back at the end of the programme!

Where you’ll work

UNIT 2A

ORCHARD ROAD

ROYSTON

SG8 5HD

Training

An apprenticeship includes regular training with a college or other training organisation. At least 20% of your working hours will be spent training or studying.

College or training organisation

TIRO TRAINING LTD

Your training course

Laboratory technician (level 3)

Equal to A level

Course contents
  • Comply with health and safety policies and procedures including HASWA, COSHH, risk assessments, use of personal protective equipment (PPE), manual handling, emergency procedures.
  • Maintain excellent housekeeping, in accordance with organisation Standard Procedures
  • Order and control stocks of laboratory materials where required
  • Identify, organise and use resources effectively to complete tasks applying the concepts of resource efficiency e.g energy, water and waste
  • Adhere to internal and external regulatory requirements e.g. GLP, GMP, GDP
  • Prepare for, and perform, laboratory experiments, tests or tasks following any specified methodologies to provide reliable, accurate data e.g. weighing, pipetting, filtering, spectroscopic techniques, chromatography techniques
  • Demonstrate technical competence in the use of specified instruments and equipment
  • Report faults and seek diagnostic advice to maintain equipment in good working order, including calibration where required
  • Complete documentation proficiently
  • Keep accurate records of laboratory work undertaken and results
  • Contribute to the preparation of reports.
  • Use simple statistical techniques for data presentation and evaluation e. g calculation of median and standard deviation, production of graphs
  • Demonstrate problem solving techniques including identification of sources of error and how they can be reduced e.g. human error
  • Use standard software packages and applications e.g. Microsoft Office suite
  • Use Laboratory Information Management systems to support their work
  • Address non-routine problems with samples and instrumentation, within defined areas
  • Identify relevant information from scientific sources e.g. supervisors, literature etc. in order to contribute to solutions
  • Participate in continuous performance improvement of systems and processes relevant to the work environment e.g. workplace organisation techniques, accreditation (e.g. ISO, UKAS) and proficiency testing.
  • Evaluate data, recognise and call attention to anomalous or unusual results
  • Comply with health and safety policies and procedures including HASWA, COSHH, risk assessments, use of personal protective equipment (PPE), manual handling, emergency procedures.
  • Maintain excellent housekeeping, in accordance with organisation Standard Procedures
  • Order and control stocks of laboratory materials where required
  • Identify, organise and use resources effectively to complete tasks applying the concepts of resource efficiency e.g energy, water and waste
  • Adhere to internal and external regulatory requirements e.g. GLP, GMP, GDP
  • Prepare for, and perform, laboratory experiments, tests or tasks following any specified methodologies to provide reliable, accurate data e.g. weighing, pipetting, filtering, spectroscopic techniques, chromatography techniques
  • Demonstrate technical competence in the use of specified instruments and equipment
  • Report faults and seek diagnostic advice to maintain equipment in good working order, including calibration where required
  • Complete documentation proficiently
  • Keep accurate records of laboratory work undertaken and results
  • Contribute to the preparation of reports.
  • Use simple statistical techniques for data presentation and evaluation e. g calculation of median and standard deviation, production of graphs
  • Demonstrate problem solving techniques including identification of sources of error and how they can be reduced e.g. human error
  • Use standard software packages and applications e.g. Microsoft Office suite
  • Use Laboratory Information Management systems to support their work
  • Address non-routine problems with samples and instrumentation, within defined areas
  • Identify relevant information from scientific sources e.g. supervisors, literature etc. in order to contribute to solutions
  • Participate in continuous performance improvement of systems and processes relevant to the work environment e.g. workplace organisation techniques, accreditation (e.g. ISO, UKAS) and proficiency testing.
  • Evaluate data, recognise and call attention to anomalous or unusual results
  • Your training plan

    This training plan has not been finalised. Check with this employer if you’ll need to travel to a college or training location for this apprenticeship.

    Requirements

    Desirable qualifications

    GCSE or equivalent in:

    • Maths, English and Science (grade 4 - 9 (C - A*))

    Let the company know about other relevant qualifications and industry experience you have. They can adjust the apprenticeship to reflect what you already know.

    Skills

    • Communication skills
    • Attention to detail
    • Organisation skills
    • Problem solving skills
    • Analytical skills
    • Logical

    Other requirements

    Please note due to Government funding rules and regulations, candidates who already hold a degree in Biology, Pharmaceuticals or another relevant subject matter will be overqualified and ineligible to receive funding for a Level 3 apprenticeship qualification. A Driving License would be preferred due to the remote location of the role, but is not a necessity.

    About this company

    Precision for Medicine began in 2012 because we believed there was a transformational opportunity to improve the process of bringing new and targeted drugs to market. As our name implies, our particular focus is utilizing the methods and technologies of precision medicine to help developers reduce time, cost and hopefully, improve the success rate for delivering life-changing new treatments to patients. We are actively seeking passionate individuals with a keen interest in biology to join our team of budding scientists in the making. Whether you're a fresh school leaver or someone driven by a genuine passion for biology, we encourage you to apply. Our apprenticeship program is designed to provide comprehensive training, making prior experience unnecessary. Join us on a transformative journey where you'll learn and grow within the exciting field of biology.

    https://www.precisionformedicine.com/ (opens in new tab)

    After this apprenticeship

    When you join Precision for Medicine, the possibilities for your success are limitless. As a successful applicant, you have the potential to secure a full-time position within the company at the conclusion of your apprenticeship.

    Through practical training on the job, you will acquire new skills and gain the competence and responsibility required for laboratory testing. This apprenticeship program serves as a stepping stone towards a rewarding career in laboratory testing, with the added opportunity for the apprentice to become a registered Science technician (RSci Tech).

    This program unlocks a multitude of career paths, granting you access to diverse organisations across various sectors. 

    This apprenticeship can also help pave the way for further educational and professional advancement. You may choose to pursue higher-level qualifications through one of our Degree Apprenticeships such as Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Applied Bioscience.

    Rest assured, your hard work and determination will not go unnoticed!

    Ask a question

    The contact for this apprenticeship is:

    TIRO TRAINING LTD

    Emily Rankin

    emily.rankin@tiro.co.uk

    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000262311.

    Apply now

    Closes in 10 days (Wednesday 31 July)

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