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Level 6 Chemistry Degree Apprentice

Tiro Training Ltd
BYK Additives Limited, Moorfield Road, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 3AA
Starting salary is £17,359.67 per year (Year 2: Increases to £19,937.46 or NMW depending on age)
Closing date
30 Sep 2023

Job Details

At BYK, you will be working in an environment of innovation that promotes the individuals’ ideas and skills and prioritizes open cooperation based on trust.

BYK can offer you a great many benefits. In detail: a wide, diverse range of assignments promoting potential personal development, an excellent atmosphere for realizing your own ideas, constructive open-mindedness towards new trends and modes of thought, and an appealing salary structure. Our individualized qualification and further training opportunities help you advance faster. The solidity of our company as a growing global player offers you the best conditions for the reliable planning of the future.


The Package

At Tiro, we make great things happen for people. And that starts with you. In this role you’ll receive:

  • Starting salary of 17,359.67 per year
  • 25 days holiday allowance, excluding bank holidays.
  • Core workings hours are Mon to Fri.
  • Company pension scheme.
  • Regular training and CPD opportunities.


What will I be doing as an Apprentice?

The successful apprentice will be responsible for laboratory-based tasks, which include sampling, testing, measuring, recording and analysing results. You will also provide the required technical support to enable the laboratory to function effectively whilst adhering to correct procedures and health and safety guidelines.

What you’ll be doing: 

  • Work safely in a laboratory, maintaining excellent housekeeping whilst following appropriate safety, environment and risk management systems.
  • Perform laboratory tests in order to produce reliable and precise data to support scientific investigations and production processes.
  • Carry out routine tasks accurately and following strict methodologies to carry out analyses.


What could the future look like?

This programme is designed to enable existing team members or new recruits to develop the knowledge skills, and behaviours needed to fulfil their vital role. Once you’ve qualified, you’ll be eligible to join the Register of Science Technicians (RSciTech) through an appropriate industry body.

This apprenticeship offers an exceptional platform for you to enhance your leadership skills and take on more significant responsibilities. As you progress, you'll find avenues to further develop your leadership acumen, fostering your ability to guide and inspire teams. Successful apprentices can often find themselves fast-tracked into senior technician and management roles.

Furthermore, an exciting prospect within this role lies in the potential transition to the Research & Development department. This department specializes in conducting tailored in-house testing, presenting you with a unique chance to immerse yourself in cutting-edge processes and innovation.


About you

At Tiro, our vision is to deliver transformational learning, developing apprentices into obsessive science and technology professionals and leaders, who succeed and thrive in industry.

With that in mind we are looking for curious, inquiring learners, determined to continually develop core and technical skills and knowledge in their field.

Our Apprentices are independent and motivated workers; they have a growth mind-set and a self-reflective approach to learning.

You’ll be fearless, ambitious, and hungry for progression onto higher levels of learning.



What is a degree apprenticeship?

Our degree apprenticeship programs are designed to provide fearless scientists in the making with a head start in their chosen career. Giving you the best of both worlds, you’ll receive a recognised and accredited degree whilst obtaining hands on practical experience.

Why Tiro?

At Tiro, we’ve partnered with Middlesex University to offer a variety of degree apprenticeship programs in the field of science including Applied Bioscience, Applied Chemical Science, and Applied Materials Science. Our programs are designed to give you the best of both worlds: academic learning and practical training that will set you up for success in your chosen career path.

Our programs are designed to offer an alternative to graduate schemes, providing opportunities for ambitious and driven individuals with exceptional talent in STEM to progress their careers while also earning a salary.

So how does the apprenticeship work?

At Tiro we’re obsessed with changing lives through science and technology apprenticeships so we can’t wait to have you on board. 

Over 48 months, you will develop your knowledge and skills in your chosen field to become a leader pushing development, knowledge generation and innovation. You will be provided with 6 hours per week by your employer to conduct learning and training during working hours. This can include theory training (for example, virtual lessons & online learning), alongside practical training (for example shadowing, mentoring, & time spent writing assignments. You’ll be trained by a team of expert tutors from Tiro as well as an experienced workplace mentor at BYK who, together, will make sure you develop the knowledge, skills, and work habits you’ll need to succeed in your career. 


Entry requirements

There are some minimum requirements you’ll need to meet to do an apprenticeship, these are rules set by the UK Government.

You’ll need to be over 18, not in full time education (at time of enrolment), have lived in the UK for 3 years and have the right to work in the UK.

Alongside this you will need to have a minimum of Level 3 qualifications (A-levels, BTECs, or equivalent) AND relevant work experience.


Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to earn a degree, gain work experience, and set yourself up for a bright future.

Read the full vacancy description, entry requirements and apply today on our website! 


Tiro is a leading training provider for science and technology apprenticeships.

We’ve been helping hungry apprentices to join ambitious businesses since 2005.

At Tiro, we really believe that great apprenticeships help everyone. An apprentice can re-energise their employer’s business by injecting new blood. That’s why we only work with the very best candidates.

We’re picky about the employers we’ll work with too. They have to be prepared to nurture every apprentice. That way, everyone benefits.


How does it work?

As an apprentice, you’ll work for an employer while pursuing a nationally recognised learning programme.

You’ll spend most of your working time learning the ropes in a hands-on role, with the help of colleagues and mentors. You’ll also spend a fifth of your time focused on the formal learning elements.

By the end of the programme, you’ll have developed the knowledge, skills, and behaviours you’ll need in your chosen field.

Who will support me?

Your expert Tiro tutor will lead you through the learning programme, which combines academic, practical, and technical training. This integrated learning allows you to put theory into practice, both on and off the job.

You’ll have a combination of live online training, progress reviews every ten weeks, and additional regular catch-ups. Face-to-face meetings are usually held at your workplace, with video calls in between.

Your ‘on the job’ training will be overseen by a mentor, who will make sure you are supported and developed at work.

How long will I be an apprentice?

Your apprenticeship will last between one and four years, depending on the programme.

As with most jobs, this will be subject to a probationary period where you’ll need to meet certain standards of performance, professionalism, and punctuality.

Some apprentices go on to a higher-level apprenticeship programme once they’ve qualified, so you could potentially be an apprentice for several years.

Interested in finding out more? Head over to our career page

Take your next step today!


Company info
01273 776779
Suite 14D
Faraday Wharf
Holt Street
East Midlands
B7 4BB
United Kingdom

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