Mortuary technician apprenticeship

Ensure the effective operation of the mortuary and assist colleagues in providing dignified care of the deceased

During the mortuary technician apprenticeship you’ll work as part of a team within funeral organisations, NHS and private hospitals, universities, schools of anatomy, private and public mortuaries. This apprenticeship has two options; a funeral mortuary technician prepares, dresses and encoffins the deceased, ensuring they are cared for and presented with dignity and respect in line with religious and cultural requirements; an anatomical pathology technologist assists with post-mortems, removal of organs and tissue retrieval, and reconstruction of the deceased following post-mortem. In your daily work you’ll interact with many different people, from relatives to funeral arrangers and bereavement services. Other job titles could include anatomical pathology technologist or embalming assistant.


Duration: 18 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements for the mortuary technician apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £27,000 per annum

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