Apprentice Laboratory Technician

Gea Farm Technologies (Uk) Ltd
£15,000.00 - £16,000.00 annual salary
29 Mar 2017
26 Apr 2017
Science / Research
Role Type
Start Date
The successful apprenticeship candidate will work in our Warminster Laboratory assisting other members of the team in their duties.

The successful candidate will be reporting to the Regulatory Supervisory Chemist. He in turn reports to the Head of R&D, based in the USA.

Primary duties are to assist the Laboratory Technician in performing analysis of products from production and R&D projects and to assist with product development in the laboratory in Warminster.

• Basic Laboratory Housekeeping ( including Daily Weekly and Monthly checks) and Stock


• Storage and monitoring of retained samples including disposal of expired samples

• Perform routine chemical analysis using titrations, HPLC and GC, FT-IR and UV-Vis.

• Preparation of samples for R&D projects including new product development.

• Perform stability testing for routine samples and new projects.

• Work under Good Laboratory practice and Good Manufacturing Practice requirements

• Report and record all results of testing.

• Study towards a Higher Apprenticeship leading to a minimum qualification of a foundation degree.

Requirements and prospects Desired skills

Full training will be given.

Proficiency in English is preferred.

Personal qualities

Highly motivated and willing to learn.

Ability to work well with a variety of personalities is important

Qualifications required

3 A-levels (with one being Chemistry, Maths or Physics) which are equivalent to 88 UCAS points, e.g. Grades C, C, D; or

A BTEC (Level 3) qualification in a relatable scientific discipline equivalent to 88 UCAS points, e.g. either an Extended Diploma (with Merit, Merit, Pass) or Diploma (with Distinction, Merit); or

Alternative educational qualifications that are deemed to be equivalent*; or

*Mature students (normally over 21) who satisfy the Admissions Team of a general level of education with extensive relevant work experience that will enable successful completion of their studies.

Future prospects Whilst we hope to be able to employ the apprentice at the end of their program, if this is not possible, they will leave GEA with a qualification from a well-respected university as well as 3-5 years of experience in a facility holding both Good Manufacturing Practice accreditation and Good Laboratory Practice accreditation. The position holder will also have training in and experience of administering other quality systems such as ISO 9001 and 14001.

Things to consider The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year. The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over. Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).