National Physical Laboratory

Apprentice Laboratory Technician - Advanced (Level 3)

National Physical Laboratory (Employer)

Csr Group (Training Provider)

Annual wage £12,000.00
36.5 hours per week Monday - Friday, shifts TBC.
2 years (duration)
1 April 2021(start date)
Laboratory technician (apprenticeship standard)
5 positions available
31 December 2020 (application closing date)
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Job Description

As an apprentice, we’ll expect you to get involved in delivering ground-breaking science projects that have a global impact right from the very start. That’s because you’ll be learning from industry experts who will blend practical experience with invaluable guidance and theory that will help you gain your Level 3 BTEC in Applied Science.


The National Physical Laboratory helps set the standards by which everything is measured – combatting issues on a global scale such as climate change, curing diseases and the development of cutting-edge communications technology. At NPL, our apprentices are making their mark and getting involved in real projects, whilst developing invaluable skills and gaining qualifications.

You will be responsible for:

  • Gathering and presenting data
  • Running and setting up experiments
  • Building and calibration of equipment
  • Maintaining and stocking a laboratory
  • Assisting Senior Scientists with research
  • Helping with Scientific Outreach projects

Future Prospects

Upon successful completion of the programme you may be eligible to apply for a permanent role at NPL and continue in your education.

Skills Required

  • Good communication skills
  • Excellent command of the English language
  • Experience of using Microsoft Office

Qualities Required

  • Mostly, we’re looking for passion and potential
  • You need to genuinely want a career in science. Beyond that, we’re looking for someone who’ll thrive in an environment like ours
  • You must possess the desire to work towards a BTEC in Applied Science

Qualifications Required

GCSE at grade C/4 or above or equivalent in English, maths and a science subject.

Training Provided

Level 3 Laboratory Technician apprenticeship standard.

You will work towards a BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science by attending weekly lectures. Training is delivered by CSR Scientific Training onsite at NPL. CSR are the UK's leading training provider of laboratory-based apprenticeships and have been partnering with NPL for the last 8 years to train their scientists of the future.

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