Technician scientist apprenticeship

Carry out laboratory-based investigations and basic scientific experimentation using bench and instrumentation techniques

During the technician scientist apprenticeship, you’ll learn to use a range of routine skills and some advanced and specialised skills following well-established principles associated with your organisation’s science and technology, which may typically be within chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products or analytical services. You’ll carry out routine lines of enquiry, development or investigation, taking responsibility for the quality of the work you undertake. You’ll learn to work safely and ethically, often under highly regulated conditions, because of the need to control the quality and safety of scientific products. You’ll develop the capability to critically evaluate the appropriateness of commonly used approaches to solving routine problems, using a range of approaches to formulate evidence-based responses to defined and routine problems and issues within your area of work. You’ll also contribute to solutions to problems within the wider scientific team.


Duration: 36 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements for the technician scientist apprenticeship: Five GCSEs, including English, maths and a science subject, as well as relevant level 3 qualifications. Other relevant or prior experience may also be considered as an alternative

Achievement upon completion: Level 5 (Higher)—equivalent to a foundation degree

Potential salary upon completion: £20,000 per annum

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