Innovate and test the boundaries of science

Science and research and development (R&D) are not only critical to furthering our understanding of the world around us, but to develop tools and techniques that reduce hazards, improve processes and overcome challenges. Being able to more precisely measure meteorological patterns helps us to know exactly when to batten down the hatches as a storm approaches, and developments in laboratory science have radically improved criminal investigative techniques. The food we eat is safer, the drugs we take to combat illness more effective—the list of improvements made thanks to science and R&D is endless. 

The work can take place in a wide range of settings, from university departments and industry, government departments and agencies, research institutes funded by charitable trusts or research councils, and in hospitals ranging from junior technicians to leading engineers and chief scientists.

The apprenticeships listed in this sector are largely applicable across industries where high-tech knowhow and skills are necessary, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, chemicals, healthcare, energy and many more. 

As a laboratory scientist, you may carry out a range of technical and scientific activities in your specialist discipline. A senior metrology technician, meanwhile, will develop and monitor measurement capability and capacity, working toward gaining responsibility for the planning, quality, accuracy, timely delivery and evaluation of metrology activities within your area of responsibility.

Scientific work also extends to data, with the bioinformatics scientist apprenticeship able to prepare you to use computational, data analytical and data mining techniques that are applied to a range of problems in the life sciences, such as the process of drug discovery and development.

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Animal technologist

Carry out complex scientific procedures on laboratory animals An animal technologist is responsible for carrying out complex scientific procedures on laboratory animals in compliance with animal welfare legislation. Organisations employing

Bioinformatics scientist

Apply computational, data analytical and data mining techniques to a range of problems in the life sciences A bioinformatics scientist—or bioinformatician—uses computational, data analytical and data mining techniques that are applied

Clinical trials specialist

Deliver and execute phase one-to-four clinical trials in humans The clinical trial specialist works in public or private clinical research organisations, generally in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries. In this

Dairy technologist

Develop and produce dairy products An advanced dairy technologist plays a pivotal role in the dairy industry. From a base of strong dairy science and technology knowledge, you’ll ensure that

Dental technician

Design, manufacture, modify and repair custom-made dental appliances Your work as a dental technician will be undertaken in a dental lab on a prescription from a dentist. The work can

Healthcare science assistant

Conduct routine technical and scientific procedures The healthcare science assistant support workforce contributes to safe care throughout a patient’s life, from conception to end of life, in a number of

Healthcare science associate

Carry out routine technical and scientific procedures A healthcare science associate supports the work of practitioners and clinical scientists in performing high-quality, safe diagnostic, therapeutic and monitoring technical and scientific

Healthcare science practitioner

Support the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions A healthcare science practitioner provides scientific and technical services within a life, physiological or physical science. In this role, you’ll develop

Hygiene specialist

Provide specialist hygiene services in areas such as closed plants, sterile environments, food production and laboratories Working within a range of both public and private sector environments including food and

Laboratory scientist (degree)

Conduct technical and scientific activity in laboratories A laboratory scientist applies specialist knowledge and broad scientific understanding to carry out a range of technical and scientific activities in their specialist