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Laboratory Technician apprenticeship

2 year Advanced Apprenticeship

As a laboratory technician apprentice you will spend the first few weeks of your apprenticeship within the Skills Academy; before moving out into placements within the business. During the time in placements you will undertake and complete various laboratory based projects which will enable you to develop a complete set of skills and knowledge required to work successfully at AWE.

During the 2 year apprenticeship journey, you will learn the following skills:

  • Laboratory safety
  • Handling of hazardous substances- awareness of radioactive and explosive materials
  • Quality and its application in a laboratory environment
  • Customer service skills
  • Use of basic laboratory equipment
  • Preparation of substances
  • Sample preparation
  • Analysis of samples
  • Checking and reporting of results

In addition you will also be given the opportunity for personal development through activities such as team building challenges, organisational awareness presentations, health and safety workshops and charity projects. During your apprenticeship, you will work towards nationally recognised qualifications.

Entry requirement:

  • Good level of Maths and English
  • Must be age 18 or above as at 4th September 2017