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Laboratory Science (Chemistry) Apprenticeship

Reading Scientific Services Ltd
Reading Science Centre, Whiteknights Campus, Pepper Lane, RG6 6LA
£17,000.00 annually
Closing date
29 Mar 2023

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Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
What will the apprentice be doing?

You will carry out fundamental tests as part of a scientific team; the work plays an important role in the foundation stages of research and development for the food and pharmaceutical industries.

In addition to training for laboratory-based tasks, the post holder will also provide all the required support (general housekeeping, administration etc.) to enable the laboratory to function effectively, whilst adhering to correct procedures and health and safety guidelines.

Primary Accountabilities/Responsibilities:
  • Work safely in a laboratory, maintaining excellent housekeeping whilst following appropriate safety, environment and risk management systems
  • Follow quality procedures to meet the requirements of quality standards relevant to the workplace
  • Prepare for laboratory tasks using the appropriate scientific techniques, procedures and methods
  • Perform laboratory tasks following specified methodologies, such as Standard Operating Procedures
  • 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
  • Communicate scientific information appropriately, including the use of Laboratory Information Management systems, either digital or paper based

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Laboratory Scientist (degree) Apprenticeship Standard:
  • You will be trained in a wide range of techniques (for example, but not limited to FTIR, pH, HPLC, LCMS, GCMS) which will be specific to the team in which you are based
  • You will be based at one of our 3 sites, all of which house state of the art laboratories. These sites are Reading Science Centre and JJT based on the University of Reading campus, and the third based a short drive away in Wokingham. The training takes place both online once a week and a residential week at the University once a year
  • At the end of the programme, you will be awarded with a Level 6 Qualification, BSc Chemistry

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?
  • Once you have completed the apprenticeship you will continue to develop and progress. Depending on your interests, you can progress down our Technical Career path with the aim of becoming a technical specialist in a particular area, or the Management path which has more of a focus on people/project management

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade 5) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 5) Essential
A Level or equivalent Chemistry (Grade B) Essential
A Level or equivalent Biology (Grade C) Desired
A Level or equivalent Maths (Grade B) Desired
A Level or equivalent Physics (Grade C) Desired

Things to consider

Please be aware that this role may require handling of materials that may contain chemicals, solvents and allergens, and the appropriate protective wear will be supplied.

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