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Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship Standard

Level 3

A Laboratory Technician apprentice will learn:

  • To work safely in a laboratory
  • To follow quality procedures
  • Regulatory requirements of the industry and laboratory
  • Technical skills to fulfil their role
  • How to produce, analyse and interpret data, including the application of statistical techniques
  • To communicate scientific information appropriately
  • To use appropriate scientific methods to identify the causes of problems and produce solutions
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  • Laboratory Technician – industry (including pharmaceutical, life sciences, chemical, oil and gas, refineries, nuclear, utilities and polymer)
  • Laboratory Technician – schools, colleges and universities
  • Research and Development Technician
  • Animal Science Technician
  • Analytical Chemistry Technician
  • Colour Technologist
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Microbiology Technician


Entry requirements for this role are determined by the employer, however typically 5 GCSEs including Maths, English and Science are desirable. The apprentice must also be either exempt or capable of achieving level 2 Maths and English (GCSE or functional skills) prior to taking end-point assessment.


The Trailblazer employer group includes: Actavis, Aesica Pharmaceuticals, Broughton Laboratories, Essar, Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, GSK, Growhow, Ineos, Lotte Chemical UK, Lucite, MedImmune, Pfizer, SABIC UK Petrochemicals, Sellafield, Sembcorp, Seralab, Syngenta, Synergy Outsourcing, University of Westminster, Victrex, ConocoPhillips, Barts Health Pharmaceuticals (NHS), Royal Society of Chemistry, Institute of Chemical Engineers, Society of Biology, Science Council.

Levy Funded

DURATION: It will typically take 18 months although the exact duration will be dependent on the previous experience of the individual. Cogent Skills Training will liaise with the employer to establish the duration of the programme. However, a minimum of 12 months must be undertaken to ensure attainment of sufficient skills, knowledge and experience. An additional period of time (typically 2-3 months), will be required for any learner(s) requiring Maths and English functional skills or GCSE study.

Just some of the leading science companies we work with

How it works

1. Free Consultation

We provide a free scoping session, which includes everything from identifying training to match job descriptions, to understanding the apprenticeship levy funding process.

2. Enrolment

We enrol/induct the learner and develop a bespoke delivery plan based on the requirements of the business and/or apprenticeship standard.

3. Delivery

Over the duration of the training we support the learner in the workplace with face to face and remote delivery. We also provide any support needed for the apprentices mentor or line manager.

4. Assessment

We arrange all relevant end point assessment and prepare the learner on what to expect during end point assessment.

5. Certification

Following the successful completion of the training the learner receives their certification.

Virtual Learning Environment

As part of our commitment to use the latest technology to enhance our provision we use a leading Virtual Learning Environment called Canvas.
With personalised notifications and web app integration, Canvas allows us to engage with students where they already hang out, on social networks and mobile platforms. And with real-time interaction and rich multimedia, we can keep them engaged, too.

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