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Lab Technician Apprentice

Tiro Training Ltd
Bar Hill, Cambridge
£21,255 per annum
Closing date
15 Dec 2023

Job Details


Location: Cambridge, CB23 8UD

Working for SGS

As the world's leading testing, inspection, and certification company, we, SGS, provide value to society by enabling a better, safer, and more interconnected world. We sustain global standards across diverse industries, including the consumer products sector. 

At SGS, we perform a broad range of food testing and analytical services at our laboratories. At SGS we provide expert food testing solutions, supporting the food production retail sector, ensuring their products meet market expectations, thereby reducing risk, improving efficiency and building consumer confidence.


What will I be doing as an apprentice?

We are currently seeking a Laboratory Technician to join our food testing and analytical services team. As an Apprentice Food Laboratory Technician, you will be responsible for conducting tests and analysis to ensure the safety and compliance of food products with quality, safety, and regulatory standards.

You will work in a laboratory environment, detecting potential hazards and reporting on findings / data (e.g., instrument failures, equipment out of tolerance, qc failures, abnormal readings/results).

Responsibilities may include but are not limited to: 

  • Assist in day-to-day running of the laboratory; to include hazardous waste disposal, occasional routine maintenance of company equipment and ensuring the laboratory is clean and tidy at all times.
  • Prepare samples, reagents/media/solutions for testing in accordance with the appropriate Company guidelines.
  • Work with the quality team to ensure compliance to ISO 17025/ retailer requirements.
  • Work with the data systems team to ensure any LIMS is used in the correct manner and any anomalies are resolved.


What could the future look like?

When you join SGS, the possibilities for your success are limitless. As a successful applicant, you have the potential to secure a full-time position within the company at the conclusion of your apprenticeship.

Through practical training on the job, you will acquire new skills and gain the competence and responsibility required for laboratory testing. This apprenticeship program serves as a stepping stone towards a rewarding career in laboratory testing, with the added opportunity for the apprentice to become a registered Science technician (RSci Tech).

This program unlocks a multitude of career paths, granting you access to diverse organisations across various sectors. Whether it's the chemical and pharmaceutical industries (primary and secondary), biotechnology companies, nuclear enterprises, analytical science services, or educational institutions, the doors are wide open.

This apprenticeship can also help pave the way for further educational and professional advancement. You may choose to pursue higher-level qualifications through one of our Degree Apprenticeships such as Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Applied Bioscience or Applied Chemical Science.

Rest assured, your hard work and determination will not go unnoticed!

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

  • Starting salary of £21,225 per annum 
  • 37.5 hours per week – shift patterns apply
  • Performance related bonus (discretionary and subject to eligibility criteria)
  • Private medical cover (subject to eligibility criteria)
  • Competitive pension scheme + Life Assurance
  • Generous Annual Leave allowance (increasing with service) plus bank holidays.
  • An additional day off for your birthday
  • Discounted Gym Membership
  • Retailer Discounts
  • Access to electric vehicle leasing scheme (subject to eligibility criteria)
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity and adoption pay.
  • Length of Service Awards
  • Christmas Vouchers
  • Health & Wellbeing initiatives


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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