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Laboratory Technician (Level 3) apprenticeship

 
Laboratory technicians are the people that underpin the science at AWE. Their work may involve aspects of physics, material, chemistry and biological science and each apprentice will have the option of working predominately in a Physics, Analytical Chemistry or Materials laboratory.
 
Laboratory technicians are employed in various science communities at AWE including:

• Explosives
• Radiochemistry and radiation science
• Analytical chemistry
• Metallurgy
• Material science
• Plasma physics (high power lasers)
• Hydrodynamics

The range of ideas and techniques you will see and experience at AWE is more than most people will encounter in their lifetime and you will be amazed by the depth and breadth of science that you will contribute to.

From setting up laboratories to running experiments, our skilled Technicians play a key role in the research, which is vital to the safety and security of the nation. They are highly practical people who make it possible for the research and innovation that enables AWE to operate safely and securely and to develop knowledge and products which keeps 65 million people safe.
In addition to the vocational aspects of your training, we will further your knowledge of science through academic studies as you work towards the completion of the nationally recognised BTEC Diploma in Level 3  applied science.

What does a typical day looks like?

As an apprentice, you will initially spend the first few weeks within the skills academy where you will develop your basic knowledge and core skills before, progressing on to the onsite aspect of your training where you will go on to complete a range of different practical placements in your chosen discipline. You will work on projects that have a genuine impact on our business and AWE’s important mission. At this point, you will now start to apply and further develop your core skills in a working environment.
Technicians might ensure a lab is operational, the correct equipment is provided and functioning and undertake experiments and analyse samples. In addition, you’ll enjoy opportunities to take part in team building challenges and charity projects. 

Comparable skills/interests:

The role of a Laboratory Technician may appeal to you if enjoy:
• Preparing, testing and analysing samples.
• Understanding how laboratories are managed and operated.
• Setting up and operating specialist equipment.
• Quality control in a laboratory environment.
• Writing scientific notes.
• Problem Solving.
• Verifying and reporting results.
• Applying science principles into real life scenarios.
 

Fundamental skills required for the role:

  • A practical aptitude for science and technology
  • PC literate
  • Good communication skills
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Health and safety aware
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Passion for your chosen profession 

Entry Requirements:

  •  GCSE in Maths, English and Science at Grade 4 or equivalent.
  • Must be 18 or above as of 5th August 2019.

Qualifications achieved during your apprenticeship:

• BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science (Technical certificate).
• Level 2 English, Maths & ICT (Functional Skills) – if required.
• Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities (Industrial).
• Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR).
• Process Safety Awareness Certificate

Duration of training:  2 Years
Starting salary: £10,500 

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