Public Health England

Healthcare Science Support Worker - Apprentice


Public Health England

Training Provider:

CSR Group

Annual wage £20,630.00
37.5 hours per week Mon - Fri Hours T.B.C.
duration: 2 years
start: 1 October 2019
Advanced(level 3)
Laboratory technician (apprenticeship standard)
17 September 2019 (application closing date)
UK NEQAS for Microbiology is a part of National Infection Service in PHE. A vacancy exists for a Healthcare Scientist Apprentice to provide general support services for scientific and administrative activities in UK NEQAS and across the department and assistance in preparation and dispatch of simulated specimens to participants worldwide.


  • Plan own work within LSS team on a daily basis
  • To welcome visitors
  • To collate paperwork on a rotational basis
  • To assist with general administration duties, this may include the use of MS Office and other IT applications at basic level
  • To clean benches and equipment on regular basis
  • To make up/dilute, decant and maintain stocks of solutions
  • Assist with the preparation of simulated specimens, labelling microscope slides and other receptacles. The work may involve handling human blood components and micro-organisms
  • Assist with the pre-packing of simulated specimens
  • Assist with consolidation of specimen distributions and paperwork for dispatch to participants according to a pre-planned schedule
  • Printing of labels using a computer based system
  • Technical work in the laboratory as required by supervisory staff

Future Prospects

There may be the opportunity to apply for a permanent role upon completion of this apprenticeship and continue in your education.

Skills Required

  • Evidence of interest in people and quality of service
  • Interest in laboratory work
  • Able to convey information to staff at all levels
  • Flexible
  • Ability to integrate into a team
  • Attention to detail
  • Able to concentrate for long periods of time
  • Basic computer literacy

Qualities Required

  • Commitment to working towards a Level 3 qualification
  • Shows a passion for science

Qualifications Required

  • GCSE Grade C/4 or above in Maths, English and a Science subject
  • Please note if you already have a BTEC in Applied Science or hold a science degree you are not eligible for this role

Training Provided

  • You will work towards a Level 3 BTEC in Applied Science which will be delivered by CSR Scientific Training who are the UK's leading training provider of laboratory based apprenticeships
  • Please note if you already hold the BTEC qualification or a Degree in science you are not eligible for apprentice funding for this role

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