Level 3 Laboratory Technician Apprentice (Materials Testing):
Laboratory Technicians play a crucial role within construction companies. The materials used on construction projects, be it concrete, aggregate, soils, or steel, need to be tested to ensure they comply with site, national, and international regulations. Materials Testing technicians will engage in a combination of routine and one-off tests in a stationed laboratory or using mobile apparatus on-site. Materials Testing Technicians are expected to work effectively individually and as part of a team. They can work with minimum supervision; taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work that is undertaken. They are proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying areas for improving the business.
The Apprenticeship Programme:
The Level 3 Laboratory Technician Standard outlines the key knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) that a Laboratory Technician must possess to function effectively within a laboratory setting. The apprenticeship programme is based on bringing the apprentice up to a competent standard on each one of these areas. The knowledge will be developed via work-place training, a Level 3 science qualification and further standard-specific training sessions. The skills will be developed primarily at work and through supporting training sessions from Youthforce. Evidence of these skills will be captured within the competency-log. The behaviours will be tracked via behavioural assessments, that combine to form a behaviour log, and supported by additional training sessions where necessary. In the final three-months of the apprenticeship, the apprentice will prepare and undertake an end-point-assessment (EPA), where a third-party organisation will assess the apprentice against the KSBs outlined on the standard.
Completion of this Apprenticeship will allow apprentices to become a Registered Science Technician (RSciTech). The apprentices may progress within their current place of employment, or find opportunities in other companies, to become Senior Science Technicians or Laboratory Managers. They may also look to continue their training on the Level 6 Laboratory Scientist Degree Apprenticeship, allowing them to become a Registered Scientist (RSci).