Level 3 Laboratory Technician Apprentice:
Laboratory technicians work in a wide range of organisations including, but not exclusively, in chemical, primary and secondary pharmaceutical, formulated products, schools, construction; and analytical science services. A laboratory technician may carry out both routine and one-off laboratory testing and perform a variety of technical support functions across the organisation. Laboratory technicians are expected to work both individually and as part of a laboratory team. They are able to 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).