Structural Soils Limited

Geotechnical Laboratory Technician Apprentice - Advanced (Level 3)

Structural Soils Limited (Employer)

Youthforce (Training Provider)

Annual wage £15,000.00
40.0 hours per week Monday to Friday (Times to be confirmed)
21 months (duration)
2 September 2021(start date)
Laboratory technician (apprenticeship standard)
3 positions available
20 August 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

STRUCTURAL SOILS Ltd is a site investigation contractor that for over 50 years has provided site and ground investigation services across Europe. Due to recent expansion and increasing workload an exciting opportunity has become available for a Laboratory Technician to join the team in the Bristol UKAS accredited geotechnical soil laboratory.


Key responsibilities will include:

  • Carrying out a variety of testing on soil in the laboratory, to comply with the relevant standards
  • Recording accurately the test data produced for analysis
  • Assisting in the calibration and maintenance of all technical equipment
  • Maintaining a neat and orderly laboratory environment

Future Prospects

  • Attainment of Registered Science Technician (RSciTech)
  • Apprentices may progress within their current place of employment, or find opportunities in other companies, to become Senior Science Technicians or Laboratory Managers. They may also look to continue their training on the Level 6 Laboratory Scientist Degree Apprenticeship, allowing them to become a Registered Scientist (RSci)
  • Apprentices who complete the Health & Safety induction phase of this training will gain an Apprentice CSCS card. Upon completion of this apprenticeship, apprentices will gain a Gold Advanced Craft CSCS Card
  • Opportunities for continued employment
  • CPD/training, promotions
  • Prospects within the organisation or wider field

Reality Check

There is likely to be a physical component to this job and applicants should satisfy themselves that they capable of carrying out the tasks required.

Applicants living within a 1 hour commute will be given priority.

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

  • Attention to detail - has a keen attention to detail, identifying and acting on anomalies.
  • Problem solving - considers problems from all perspectives and offers us suitable solutions. Builds on the ideas of others to encourage creative problem solving.
  • Decision making - able to tell the difference between important and irrelevant information to reach a conclusion. Can make decisions independently. Believes in the decision they have made.
  • Teamwork - an effective team player. Identify opportunities to support in the delivery of shared goals. Show a strong team ethic.
  • Communication - an excellent written and verbal communicator capable of interacting with stakeholders internal and external to the business. Can distil complex issues into simple, understandable language.
  • Proficient with basic IT software e.g. Microsoft Office
  • Strong communication skills

Qualities Required

  • Organised with a methodical approach
  • Good team player
  • Good level of literacy and numeracy

Qualifications Required

  • GCSE (or equivalent) grade C/4 in maths and English
  • A level 3 qualification (A Level/BTEC) in a science subject would be advantageous

Training Provided

  • Level 3 Laboratory Technician apprenticeship standard
  • Level 2 Functional Skiils in maths and English (if required)
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