Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship Standard Level 3 (out of centre learner)

SKU: GEN2/A/044

Course Aim:

This apprenticeship is ideal for candidates looking to for those wishing to pursue a laboratory based career. 

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. A laboratory technician may carry out both routine and one-off laboratory testing and perform a variety of technical support functions across the organisation.


Student Pre-Requisites:

Pre-requisites would typically be GCSEs grades A-C (or new grading equivalent) in maths and English. New apprentices also have to successfully pass the Gen2 aptitude testing.


Course Duration:

This apprenticeship is a 24 month programme.  


Location and delivery model:

Training for this apprenticeship will take place at a Gen2 centre based in West Cumbria, Carlisle and Furness.

Apprentices are placed with their employer from day one.  Apprentices visit one of the Gen2 centres one day per week for technical certificate delivery.  

Apprentices will be required to have or achieve level 2 English and maths prior to completion of their Apprenticeship.

This apprenticeship is awarded on successful completion of the End Point Assessment

 Programme Components:

A laboratory technician can:

  • Work safely in a laboratory, maintaining excellent housekeeping whilst following appropriate safety, environment and risk management systems.
  • Understand and follow quality procedures to meet the requirements of quality standards relevant to the workplace.
  • Understand the internal and external regulatory environment pertinent to the sector and the employer and comply with regulations proficiently.
  • Prepare for laboratory tasks using the appropriate scientific techniques, procedures and methods.
  • Perform laboratory tasks following specified methodologies, such as Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Demonstrate technical competence in the use of specified instrumentation and laboratory equipment, including calibration where required.
  • Produce reliable, accurate data and keep accurate records of laboratory work undertaken and results.
  • Analyse, interpret and evaluate data and identify results requiring further investigation seeking advice of senior colleagues as appropriate.
  • Understand and apply statistical techniques for data presentation.
  • Communicate scientific information appropriately, including the use of Laboratory Information Management systems, either digital or paper based.
  • Recognise problems and apply appropriate scientific methods to identify causes and achieve solutions.
  • Participate in continuous performance improvement.
  • Develop and apply theoretical knowledge of relevant science and technology required for the sector & job role.
  • Understand the business environment in which the company operates including personal role within the organisation, ethical practice and codes of conduct.


Delivery Plan and Commitment:

The qualification requires 20% of time from the student’s normal working week to be committed to the qualification for the duration of the programme. This time must be away from normal work duties.


Qualification Gained:

On successful completion of this apprenticeship learners will achieve:

  • BTEC Level 3 extended diploma in applied science OR HNC in Chemistry
  • PAAVQSET Level 3 NVQ diploma in laboratory and associated activities.

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