Endeavour Speciality Chemicals Ltd

Apprentice Production Laboratory Technician - Degree (Level 6)

Endeavour Speciality Chemicals Ltd (Employer)

Manchester Metropolitan University (Training Provider)

Annual wage £14,000.00
37.5 hours per week Monday – Thursday 8.30 to 17.00, Friday 8.30 to 15.45 with 45mins for lunch.
4 years (duration)
19 July 2021(start date)
Laboratory Scientist (degree) (apprenticeship standard)
30 June 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

Working in a production laboratory your daily duties will revolve around the manufacture of chemicals, primarily for the flavour and fragrance industry.


Duties to include:

  • Assist in the operation of laboratory production and control equipment on a daily basis against the weekly plan
  • Liaise with Team Leader to organise work to meet agreed targets
  • Under guidance by the Team Leader make sure raw material stocks are monitored and any shortfalls reported
  • Ensure all documentation is completed in a timely and legible manner to ensure production and process control records are kept up-to-date
  • Comply with all sampling and control requirements as specified in the control plan for manufacturing processes under operation
  • Ensure that all written Process Directions and Standard Operating Procedures are followed and any inconsistencies or unclear instructions are brought to the attention of the Team Leader
  • Undertake any on-the-job training as required
  • Operate to good standards of housekeeping at all times
  • Undertake the safe operation of plant equipment and machinery at all times
  • Comply with all company procedures and legislative requirements for chemicals handling and plant operation by utilising the correct PPE and other relevant control measures
  • Be aware of relevant COSHH and Risk assessments for the activities they undertake
  • Prevent wastage of materials and energy resources by the operation of environmentally sound working practices
  • Comply with all relevant company procedures for waste minimisation, segregation, treatment and control

Future Prospects

On successful completion of the apprenticeship, candidates will be able to apply for further positions.

Reality Check

Roles involves the manufacture of High Impact Aroma Chemicals, therefore requires the handling of odorous materials.

The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage guide (ANMW): https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

Skills Required

  • IT skills desirable
  • Good manual dexterity

Qualities Required

  • A positive attitude
  • A willingness to learn
  • Comfortable in challenging and questioning information
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Enjoy a scientific environment and working with others

Qualifications Required

  • You must possess a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) - grades 7-4/A - C including Science, maths and English
  • You must have gained a minimum of 104 UCAS points at A-level (grades; B,C,C), with one being Chemistry. Equivalent qualifications such as BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, DDM, in a scientific discipline is also acceptable

Training Provided

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: Pharmaceutical Chemistry / Green Chemistry
  • Business Improvement
  • Workplace Project
Year four
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • Advanced Instrumental Analysis
  • Further topics in Chemistry - apprentices will choose two from: 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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