Laboratory technicians support scientists to complete research and experiments. As a Lab Technician apprentice, you could be working in industry or in education. You could be involved in medical research, environmental experiments or testing new products for the market place.
You would be working as a junior laboratory technician perhaps in a school or university or working for a pharmaceutical company. The nature of your work will depend on your employer.
You’ll probably be part of a team of other scientists and technicians. You might be setting up experiments for students, collecting and analysing samples or preparing cultures or specimens. You might also be responsible for disposing of chemicals, 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.
4 GCSEs at A*-D including English Language, Maths and Science. You will also need to gain a suitable employer.
You will build a portfolio of evidence to support the tasks you complete at the workplace to demonstrate you can complete tasks safely and use knowledge learnt.
Career opportunities include quality control technician, medical physics technician, working in a research laboratory in the development of new drugs or research on applications and implications of new scientific discoveries and developments.
Will this course suit me?
If you want to study or work in science, get practical experience and knowledge of working in a laboratory then this course is perfect for you! Good communication skills are really important and you must be able to work well in a team.