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Apprenticeship standard: Laboratory Technician

Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard

Apprenticeship standard: Laboratory Technician

Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard

Course Code: APL3LT Duration: 1.5 Years Attendance: Apprenticeship Location: Farnborough Campus Start Date: 06/09/2021    


About the course

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. In any context working safety and ethically is paramount and many companies operate under highly regulated conditions because of the need to control the quality and safety of products, for example medicines. Laboratory technicians are expected to work both individually and as part of a laboratory team. They are able to work with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work that is undertaken. They are proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying areas for improving the business.

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What modules are covered?

What does the apprenticeship cover?

  • The apprenticeship is made up of Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours.
  • Knowledge is taught within college, one day every week.
  • Skills are taught within the workplace. You will need to generate a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate the following skills:
    • Comply with health and safety policies and procedures including HASWA, COSHH, risk assessments, use of personal protective equipment (PPE), manual handling, emergency procedures.
    • Maintain excellent housekeeping, in accordance with organisation Standard Procedures
    • Order and control stocks of laboratory materials where required
    • Identify, organise and use resources effectively to complete tasks applying the concepts of resource efficiency e.g energy, water and waste
    • Adhere to internal and external regulatory requirements e.g. GLP, GMP, GDP
    • Prepare for, and perform, laboratory experiments, tests or tasks following any specified methodologies to provide reliable, accurate data e.g. weighing, pipetting, filtering, spectroscopic techniques, chromatography techniques
    • Demonstrate technical competence in the use of specified instruments and equipment
    • Report faults and seek diagnostic advice to maintain equipment in good working order, including calibration where required
    • Complete documentation proficiently
    • Keep accurate records of laboratory work undertaken and results
    • Contribute to the preparation of reports.
    • Use simple statistical techniques for data presentation and evaluation e. g calculation of median and standard deviation, production of graphs
    • Demonstrate problem solving techniques including identification of sources of error and how they can be reduced e.g. human error
    • Use standard software packages and applications e.g. Microsoft Office suite
    • Use Laboratory Information Management systems to support their work
    • Address non-routine problems with samples and instrumentation, within defined areas
    • Identify relevant information from scientific sources e.g. supervisors, literature etc. in order to contribute to solutions
    • Participate in continuous performance improvement of systems and processes relevant to the work environment e.g. workplace organisation techniques, accreditation (e.g. ISO, UKAS) and proficiency testing.
    • Evaluate data, recognise and call attention to anomalous or unusual results
  • You will be taught about expected behaviours for the industry and general employment.
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths (if required).
  • End point assessment is the final stage of your apprenticeship and you must pass this to achieve your apprenticeship. It is the chance to show the skills, knowledge and behaviours you have gained throughout your apprenticeship.

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What training will be provided?

You will attend Farnborough College if Technology one day a week to work towards an EDEXCEL BTEC Level 3 90 credit Diploma in Applied Science.

The remainder of the time will be spent in the workplace.

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What Next?

The apprenticeship is recognised by the relevant professional bodies at Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) level, for which there is a requirement that the technician will participate in subsequent continuing professional development on completion of the apprenticeship.

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Entry Requirements

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

Applicants must be aged 16 and over with a minimum of 5 GCSEs A*- C (or equivalent) to include Maths and English. GCSE’s will be considered along with the results of an initial assessment.

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