Apprentice Asbestos Testing Laboratory Technician - Advanced (Level 3)

Socotec (Employer)

Youthforce (Training Provider)

Annual wage £15,000.00
39.0 hours per week Monday - Friday (Times to be confirmed)
21 months (duration)
11 May 2021(start date)
Laboratory technician (apprenticeship standard)
30 April 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

To train as an Asbestos Laboratory Technician apprentice, aiming to achieve a Level 3 NVQ in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities (LATA). You will be working with the laboratory team where you will receive, prepare and partially analyse materials and soils potentially containing asbestos.


Specific duties will include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Maintain high standards of work and compliance with UKAS accreditation requirements
  • Comply with quality system for asbestos testing laboratory, developing an understanding of systems (LIMS) reporting
  • Preparation of samples using UKAS audited method for subsequent analysis with different types of equipment
  • Work as a functional team in the Lab environment
  • Proactively communicate within the team to ensure effective performance
  • Comply with laboratory and site safety procedures
  • Learn and expand knowledge in specific analysis of asbestos in accordance with HSG248 and work towards obtaining the BOHS Qualification P401: Identification of Asbestos in bulk samples

Future Prospects

Depending upon individual performance and company requirements, apprentices may be offered a full-time position in the laboratory at the end of their apprenticeship and potential career and academic progression opportunities thereafter.

Reality Check

There is a physical nature to some of the work carried out such as some heavy lifting of sample bags is required from time to time so the candidate should be fit and able to lift up to 15kg at a time.

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week). For more information please visit:

Skills Required

You will have:

  • Good IT skills - Knowledge of Microsoft Office packages e.g. Excel
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good use of your initiative

Qualities Required

You will be:

  • interested in construction, science and laboratory testing
  • Proactive in identifying problems and defects
  • Committed to self-development
  • Accurate and meticulous person
  • Creative and innovative
  • A strong team player

You will also embrace and promote the SOCOTEC Vision and Values.

“Your leading partner for technical expertise and service”.

Client Focused Delivery:

  • Put the client at the centre of all decisions that are made
  • Support colleagues in achieving for the client
  • Treat internal clients with the same respect as external clients


  • Respect the knowledge of colleagues and clients
  • Listen to the views and opinions of others
  • Always be polite and courteous
  • Contribute in a positive way


  • Look for ways to improve processes, systems, procedures, services and delivery in all roles
  • Improve skills, knowledge and experience wherever possible to the mutual benefit of the client, SOCOTEC and the individual
  • Question things which are not understood to improve individual performance and that of SOCOTEC


  • Take responsibility for delivering clients’ requirements
  • Deliver tasks to the best of one’s ability at all times
  • Take pride in delivering excellent service

Qualifications Required

  • 5 GCSEs at grades C/4 or above (or equivalent) including Maths, English, and preferably Science

Training Provided

  • Level 3 Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship Standard
  • Functional Skills Level 2 Maths and English (if required)
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