Socotec UK Ltd

Asbestos Testing Laboratory Technician Apprentice - Advanced (Level 3)

Socotec UK Ltd (Employer)

Youthforce (Training Provider)

Annual wage £15,000.00
39.0 hours per week Monday to Friday, times TBD.
21 months (duration)
30 November 2021(start date)
Laboratory technician (apprenticeship standard)
30 October 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

  • An aim is to work with the company after the apprenticeship

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

Skills Required

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

Qualities Required

  • 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

Qualifications Required

  • 4 GCSEs at grades C/4 or above (or equivalent) including maths, English and a science

Training Provided

  • Level 3 Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities Apprenticeship. 
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English (if required)
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