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Apprenticeship training course

Technician scientist (level 5)

Working in a laboratory and using various scientific techniques.

Qualification level
5
Equivalent to higher national diploma (HND).
Typical duration
33 months
Apprenticeship category
Health and science
Maximum funding
£20,000
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Analytical Support Chemist
  • Assistant Scientist
  • Laboratory Analyst
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Laboratory Co-ordinator
  • Laboratory Research Assistant
  • Microbiology Support Scientist
  • Process Development Technologist
  • Quality Control Laboratory Assistant
  • Senior Laboratory Technician
  • Technical Laboratory Assistant
  • Technical Specialist  (Scientist)
  • Technical Support Scientist
Skills
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Perform laboratory based investigations and basic scientific experimentation using the appropriate scientific techniques, procedures and methods of relevance to the activities of the laboratory.
  • Comply with the quality standards, safe working practices, environment and risk management systems relevant to the workplace.
  • Explain the main concepts of the scientific principles according to the literature applicable to the laboratory based techniques and scientific experimentation used in the laboratory.
  • Contribute to the development of new processes and methodologies and support their implementation as part of a wider team
  • Work with minimal supervision to produce and analyse scientific data and present the results of laboratory work and problem solving clearly and concisely in written and oral form
  • Use computer based data analysis tools including spreadsheets and relevant company software packages.
  • Plan and prioritise own tasks, review and evaluate progress against objectives and project plans as part of a wider project team.
  • Contribute to recommendations on the appropriate workflows, improvements or scientific solutions to meet the requirements of internal or external customers.
  • Find solutions to routine and non-routine problems and contribute to developing solutions to complex problems using techniques such as root cause analysis.
  • Contribute to continuous performance improvement within the scientific and technical environment.
  • Communicates effectively using a full range of skills: speaking to a scientific and non-scientific audience, active listening, professional writing, and scientific presentation.
  • Works with minimal supervision and interacts effectively within a wide, scientific team.
  • Manages time effectively, being able to plan and complete work to schedule with thoroughness and attention to detail.

Full information on Technician scientist (level 5) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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