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Laboratory and science technicians apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeship that you can apply for in the laboratory and science technicians sector.

This apprenticeship is for anyone interested in working in a laboratory setting, supporting scientists and helping carry out tests, research and investigations.

Training opportunities

You’ll train as a junior laboratory technician and learn practical scientific skills. The nature of your work will depend on your employer, but whether you work for a pharmaceutical company or a university, you’ll probably be part of a team of other scientists and technicians.

Your work might include:

  • helping collect and analyse samples
  • preparing cultures or specimens
  • setting up experiments
  • recording and presenting data

You might also be responsible for ordering and controlling laboratory stock and supplies, and making sure laboratory equipment is clean and in good working order.

During your apprenticeship you’ll learn about the fundamentals of science, pick up practical skills and take a qualification in applied science.

Types of apprenticeships

There are 2 types of laboratory and science technicians apprenticeships.

Intermediate level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • laboratory technician education science (general)
  • laboratory technician education science (maintenance)
  • laboratory technician (standards)
  • laboratory (maintenance)
  • laboratory test technician (quality)
  • laboratory analysis technician
  • laboratory technician (process)
  • laboratory technician (metrology)
  • laboratory technician (health physics)
  • laboratory technician (process control and testing)
  • laboratory analysis technician
  • laboratory test technician (quality)
  • laboratory technician (process analysis)
  • laboratory manufacturing technician
  • laboratory analysis technician (biological / chemical analysis)
  • laboratory technician (human and animal)
  • medical laboratory assistant

Advanced level apprenticeship

You’ll take on more specialised roles like:

  • laboratory technician education science (general)
  • laboratory technician education science (maintenance)
  • laboratory technician (health physics)
  • laboratory analysis technician (environmental science)
  • laboratory technician (process)
  • laboratory technician (standards)
  • laboratory technician (maintenance)
  • laboratory researcher / technician
  • laboratory manufacturing technician
  • fermentation laboratory technician
  • laboratory technicians (haematology)
  • laboratory technicians (microbiology)

Apply for a laboratory and science technicians apprenticeship

You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education