Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) inLaboratory Technician

This occupation is found in a wide range of organisations, including but not exclusively, chemical, primary and secondary pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products, nuclear companies; and analytical science services, dental laboratories and educational establishments.

The broad purpose of the occupation is working at the forefront of technology to carry out both routine and one-off laboratory testing (and manufacturing where relevant) and perform a variety of technical support functions across the organisation.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with the laboratory manager and colleagues, internal departments such as manufacturing, procurement and quality, internal customers such as medical staff, teaching staff and students, external suppliers and customers such as service engineers, delivery drivers, regulatory bodies and inspection teams e.g. HSE.

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    Ofsted - Outstanding Provider

Course Content

Current Delivery Involves:

  • One day per week (Term time only) at Loughborough College
  • A progress review every 12 weeks with dedicated trainer assessor and line manager / workplace mentor
  • Observations and professional discussions with dedicated trainer assessor in the workplace

Off the Job Training Provided

On-programme is the learning phase for Apprentices to apply the academic theory to their own organisations and role, and to capture the skills, knowledge and behaviours developed on the programme and in the workplace. To achieve this, Apprentices need to complete off-the-job training during the on-programme phase of their Apprenticeship, this is tracked and monitored through our e-portfolio. This might be achieved through shadowing colleagues, E-learning, internal training and research as well as taught sessions by Loughborough College.

On-programme is the learning phase for Apprentices to apply the academic theory to their own organisations and role, and to capture the knowledge, skills and behaviours developed on the programme and in the workplace. To achieve this Apprentices, need to complete 20% off the job training during the on-programm phase of their Apprenticeship, this can be tracked and monitored through our e-portfolio

Course Content

Regular formative assessment, development of a portfolio demonstrating learning and development activities with their application in the workplace. As part of the qualification, Apprentices must complete all units and be competent in real work environment.

Laboratory technician / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

  • Understand Regulatory Environment
  • Product Testing Techniques
  • Control of Hazards in the Laboratory
  • Laboratory Techniques
  • Quality Procedures
  • Data Protection
  • Analysis, interpretation and evaluation of data

Where youcan work

Laboratory technicians work in a wide range of organisations, including but not exclusively, chemical, primary and secondary pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products, nuclear companies, and analytical science services.

Key Information

  • Enrolment is roll on roll off all year round, primarily based in the workplace.
  • Within the first 21 months additional training is delivered either at Loughborough College or remotely via Microsoft Teams, 1/2 a day weekly – preference to be confirmed and arranged with trainer assessor on enrolment.

Entry Requirements & Functional Skills

  • Five GCSE’s at Grade C/4 (or above) including Level 2 or GCSE C/4 or above in English, Maths and Science.
  • If an Apprentice has not already achieved Level 2 (GCSE C/4 or above) English & Maths they must: -Study for and achieve Functional Skills Level 2 English & Maths.
  • Initial Assessment on enrolment Level 2 Maths & English

Qualification(s) Obtained

  • L3 Apprenticeship Standard in Laboratory Technician
  • L2 Functional Skills English and maths (if required)

Awarding Organisation

  • End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) of choice is SIAS

Progression Opportunities

  • L3 Team Leader/Supervisor

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