Luxfer Mel Technologies

Apprentice Analyst - Degree (Level 6)

Luxfer Mel Technologies (Employer)

Manchester Metropolitan University (Training Provider)

Annual wage £12,500.00
37.0 hours per week Days and shifts to be confirmed.
4 years (duration)
29 April 2021(start date)
Laboratory Scientist (degree) (apprenticeship standard)
2 positions available
22 April 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

Based in Manchester you will work for Luxfer MEL Technologies as part of the Materials QC Department team. The main purpose of the role is performing in a timely manner and with high degree of accuracy and precision a wide range of analytical tests on both In-Process and Final Product material to meet the needs of internal and external customers.



Luxfer MEL Technologies is a global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of Zirconium and Magnesium based products and services to technology industries worldwide.

Based in our Manchester facility you will work for Luxfer MEL Technologies as part of the Materials QC Department team which has scientists located in both the US and UK.

The main purpose of the role is to perform – in a timely manner and with a high degree of accuracy and precision - a wide range of analytical tests on both In-Process and Final Product material against defined specifications to meet the needs of both our internal and external customers.

While you work as part of the time you will also work towards your BSc in Chemical Science through apprenticeship program at Manchester university. This will involve 1 day a week online learning on academic studies and occasional residential units at the university.

Main responsibilities:

Conduct precise and accurate routine analytical testing on Incoming Raw Materials, In-Process Control samples and Final Product material following a wide range of established standard operating procedures and involving both the use of traditional chemistry techniques and the use of a wide variety of analytical instrumentation (for example XRF, ICP-OES, ICP-MS, IC, Particle Size, Surface Area and Porosity instruments).

Future Prospects

Fully funded apprenticeship working within a great team, on the job learning and in-house training.  Develop the skills and experience to proceed to a permanent role within the company with further ongoing development to enable the candidates to succeed.

Skills Required

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication skills in different ways to multiple audiences
  • Good laboratory-based skills such as weighing and pipetting precisely
  • Strong mathematical skills and familiarity with algebra to perform relevant analytical calculations
  • Strong reasoning ability and excellent practical skills to resolve day-to-day laboratory and production operational issues
  • Computer data entry literacy

Qualities Required

  • Keen interest in STEM subjects
  • Team player who demonstrates a high level of commitment and adopts a flexible and positive approach to work
  • High level of attention to detail
  • Ability to read and understand laboratory related materials
  • Professional approach when dealing with internal and external customers
  • Dynamic and willing to challenge established norms
  • Fully committed to the Company’s core values of Customer First, Integrity, Accountability, Innovation, Personal Development and Teamwork

Qualifications Required

All prerequisites required by MMU to be accepted on the Laboratory Science Degree Apprenticeship. (A level Chemistry, 104 UCAS points (or equivalent) and GCSEs at grades C/4 or above (or equivalent) in maths and English Language.

In addition, LMT requirements: 3 A levels including Chemistry, and maths (or equivalent).

Training Provided

Degree Level Laboratory Scientist apprenticeship standard, which includes:

  • Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English (if required)
  • End-Point Assessment (EPA)

Apprentices will develop the broad scientific knowledge, skills and behaviours required for a career in the chemical industry.   The course combines an academic foundation with the development of vocational and key skills in the workplace.

Year one:

  • Fundamental Physical Chemistry
  • Fundamental Inorganic Chemistry
  • Fundamental Organic Chemistry
  • Introduction to Chemical Analysis
  • Introduction to Workplace Regulation
  • Laboratory Scientist Skills 1

Year two:

  • Intermediate Physical Chemistry
  • Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry
  • Intermediate Organic Chemistry
  • Applied Chemistry for Industry
  • Communication and Research Skills
  • Laboratory Scientist Skills 2

Year three:

  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy and Instrumental Analysis
  • Specialism Units - apprentices will choose one from the following: Pharmaceutical Chemistry; Green Chemistry; Polymers
  • Business Improvement
  • Workplace Project

Year four:

  • Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • Advanced Instrumental Analysis
  • Further topics in Chemistry - apprentices will choose two from the following: Advanced Pharmaceutical Chemistry; Advanced Green Chemistry; Drug Target Interactions; Chemistry in Society
  • Project and Personal Development

Apprentices will also work on projects, agreed with their employer, that apply what they have learned in their organisation.

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