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ATA Quality Control/Quality Assurance Lab Technician (Level 3) Apprenticeship

Main Description

This is a fantastic opportunity to embark on a career in science and technology with a leading global company in the life sciences sector. Under the supervision of the QC Manager, the Apprentice will support the team in ensuring product quality, good manufacturing process (GMP) and patient safety is maintained to an appropriate standard for all products supplied to the market, and regulatory compliance commitments are met.

Qualifications required

Minimum 4 GCSEs (or equivalent) at Grade 4 or above, including English and mathematics. 

 

Please note: If you already have a degree in a biology or chemistry based subject you are over qualified for this position and cannot be considered.

Salary £15,000
Holiday Entitlement 25 days p.a. plus statutory holidays
Benefit Free on-site parking
Holiday entitlement (+ Bank Holidays)
Opt in pension scheme – Workplace Pension Scheme
Student discount card (NUS)
Employee Assistance Programme
Dedicated mentor for the duration of your Apprenticeship
Discount at Nuffield Health Fitness and Wellbeing Centres
Location Barnstaple, Devon, EX3 8NS
Working Hours 37.5 hours per week
08:00 – 16:30 Monday to Friday, with a 1-hour unpaid daily lunch break
Duration 24 months
Start Date ASAP
Interview Date December 2023
Closing Date for applications 3rd December 2023
To apply To apply, fill in your information in the online form below. If you are having difficulty in complete this, please contact recruitment on [email protected] for assistance.
Next Steps Once the position has closed, shortlisted candidates will be invited to a one way video interview, you will have 3 days to complete it.
This will be reviewed by the Hiring Manager along with your application form to decide who is brought through to the final interview.
 
If you have any issues in applying, please contact us on [email protected]

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

Cogent Skills is working with Accord-UK Ltd to recruit an Apprentice Quality Control / Quality Assurance Lab Technician for its busy manufacturing site in Barnstaple, north Devon. The successful candidate will be employed by Cogent Skills Services but will undertake all on-job learning with Accord-UK Ltd.

Accord is one of the world’s leading players in the development, manufacture, and sale of first-class generic pharmaceuticals.

Under the supervision of the QC Manager, the Apprentice will support the team in ensuring product quality, good manufacturing process (GMP) and patient safety is maintained to an appropriate standard for all products supplied to the market, and regulatory compliance commitments are met.

Over the course of the programme, the QC/QA Apprentice will learn:

  • to work safely in a laboratory
  • to follow quality procedures
  • the regulatory requirements of the industry and laboratory
  • how to perform quality sampling and testing checks using a range of laboratory techniques
  • daily calibration and verification checks for QC instruments
  • how to produce, analyse and interpret data, including the application of statistical techniques
  • documentation and record keeping practices
  • how to communicate scientific information appropriately
  • how to use appropriate scientific methods to identify the causes of problems and produce solutions

This is a fantastic opportunity to embark on a career in science and technology with a leading global company within the life sciences sector.

Skills required

  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organisational and administration skills – uses time efficiently and effectively, ability to work accurately to required deadlines
  • Good working knowledge of IT systems and be able to apply in a lab environment
  • Have the capability to produce reliable, accurate data for all work carried out in the lab
  • Be able to analyse and evaluate results / data obtained from work carried out
  • Adopts a logical approach to problem solving
  • Personal Qualities
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Customer focused – dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers
  • Energetic individual who has a high level of personal pride in their work
  • Strong desire to learn, with a positive attitude and resilient to change
  • Aptitude and passion for science

 

CAREER PROGRESSION

This role is part of our talent planning for the future and, for the right person, we are looking to continue to develop the Apprentice upon successful completion of the Apprenticeship.

Our business is growing, is fast paced and evolving so there may be the opportunity to gain permanent employment in the team as a QC.QA lab Technician, subject to performance, successful completion of the Apprenticeship, and a role being available.

 

ABOUT ACCORD

Accord-UK Ltd is a fast-growing global pharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures and distributes generic, biosimilar and added-value medicines in over 85 countries worldwide, helping to improve access for patients to essential pharmaceutical care at the point of need. 

Accord’s portfolio spans across critical therapeutic fields such as oncology, cardiology, neurology, psychiatry, diabetes, pain management and gastroenterology.

By challenging the status quo and directly addressing unmet clinical and societal needs, Accord continuously strives to make things better by delivering high quality medicines to patients, quickly, economically, reliably and with great innovation.

As one of the fastest growing generic pharmaceutical companies in the UK & Ireland, we have an extensive supply chain through its two UK based manufacturing sites and the largest manufacturer-owned warehousing & distribution centre in the UK.

Our employees foster our enduring reputation for quality and integrity, supporting our primary goal of helping to ensure patients receive the medicines they need, when they need them, with patient well-being at the centre of everything we do.

We believe in creating a culture that ‘achieves’. To support this, we are looking to build an inclusive company that attracts and retains key talent by investing in training and development, tailored to an individual’s needs.

We are looking for the best and brightest technical minds in pharmaceutical development, manufacture and distribution, as well as sharp, forward-thinking business professionals, to work for Accord.

We offer opportunities for people who are looking for professional growth, to learn and develop their careers.

 

TRAINING TO BE DELIVERED

Qualification: Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Applied Science

Apprenticeship standard: Laboratory Technician

Training provider: Cogent SSC

Delivery Model: Blended, through online and on-site learning, plus two short residential courses: 3 days at York Stem Cell Centre to undertake practical work within the labs; 2 day residential to Cogent Head office in Warrington for invigilated examinations in either January or June (cohort dependant)

 

THINGS TO CONSIDER

Cogent Skills is managing the recruitment process in partnership with Accord-UK Ltd. To ensure fairness and equality of opportunity all applications must be made by completing the application on the Cogent Skills Apprenticeship portal.

The successful candidate will be employed by Cogent Skills Services but will undertake all on-job learning with Accord-UK Ltd. at its manufacturing site in Barnstaple, north Devon.

Please ensure that you currently live within, or can relocate to, a commutable distance of the site.

Due to the blended nature of the study, you must be able to demonstrate a responsible and mature attitude to your study and work-based activities. Study time will form part of your working week.

 

 

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Location: Barnstaple, Devon
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Salary: 15000
Closing Date: 3rd December 2023
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