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Wage: £15,000 p/a

Hours: Monday – Friday, 39 hours per week

Location: Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

Expected duration: 21 months

Closing date: 2nd May 2021


Brief overview of the role

To train as an Asbestos Laboratory Technician apprentice, aiming to achieve a Level 3 NVQ in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities (LATA).You will be working with the laboratory team where you will receive, prepare and partially analyse materials and soils potentially containing asbestos.

We are looking for you to develop into the role by undertaking an agreed structured training program of study in house, so that in time you will develop an understanding and knowledge of asbestos and the testing and analysis of it in practice in the laboratory environment.


Vacancy description

Specific duties will include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Maintain high standards of work and compliance with UKAS accreditation requirements
  • Comply with quality system for asbestos testing laboratory, developing an understanding of systems (LIMS) reporting
  • Preparation of samples using UKAS audited method for subsequent analysis with different types of equipment
  • Work as a functional team in the Lab environment
  • Proactively communicate within the team to ensure effective performance
  • Comply with laboratory and site safety procedures
  • Learn and expand knowledge in specific analysis of asbestos in accordance with HSG248 and work towards obtaining the BOHS Qualification P401: Identification of Asbestos in bulk samples


Desired skills

You will have:

  • Good IT skills – knowledge of Microsoft Office packages e.g. Excel.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good use of your initiative


Personal qualities

You will be:

  • interested in construction, science and laboratory testing
  • Proactive in identifying problems and defects
  • Committed to self-development
  • Accurate and meticulous person
  • Creative and innovative
  • A strong team player

You will also embrace and promote the SOCOTEC Vision and Values;

“Your leading partner for technical expertise and service”

Client Focused Delivery

  • Put the Client at the centre of all decisions that are made
  • Support colleagues in achieving for the client
  • Treat internal clients with the same respect as external clients


  • Respect the knowledge of colleagues and clients
  • Listen to the views and opinions of others
  • Always be polite and courteous
  • Contribute in a positive way


  • Look for ways to improve processes, systems, procedures, services and delivery in all roles
  • Improve skills, knowledge and experience wherever possible to the mutual benefit of the client, SOCOTEC and the individual
  • Question things which are not understood to improve individual performance and that of SOCOTEC


  • Take responsibility for delivering clients’ requirements
  • Deliver tasks to the best of one’s ability at all times
  • Take pride in delivering excellent service


Desired qualifications

  • 4 GCSEs at grades C/4 or above (or equivalent) including maths and English and preferably science


Future Prospects

Depending upon individual performance and company requirements, apprentices may be offered a full-time position in the laboratory at the end of their apprenticeship and potential career and academic progression opportunities thereafter.