What will the apprentice be doing?
The Laboratory Scientist Apprentice will carry out both routine and complex scientific experiments and perform a variety of technical support functions across the organisation that may directly impact the manufacturing and release of a pharmaceutical product, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work undertaken.
At the end of the Apprenticeship, the Apprentice will be able to:
- Apply knowledge of underlying scientific principles in laboratory-based experimentation and implement new processes according to the literature or input from colleagues
- Demonstrate and explain the principles of laboratory techniques and scientific experimentation to contribute to the development of scientific technical projects
- Develop and apply a theoretical knowledge of the advanced science and technology required to progress in the job role and relevant area of specialism
- Demonstrate working knowledge of project management procedures and the ability to incorporate these into the scientific work environment working with team members
- Understand the internal and external regulatory environment pertinent to the sector and the sponsoring organisation and comply with regulations including compliance with business rules pertaining to record keeping, traceability & confidentiality.
- Understand the business environment in which the company operates including personal role within the organisation, ethical practice and codes of conduct
- Identify and understand the requirements of internal or external customers and recommend the appropriate workflows, improvements or scientific solutions
- Prepare for and perform laboratory tasks using the appropriate scientific techniques, procedures and methods of relevance to the activities of the laboratory
- Work safely within a laboratory environment, maintaining excellent housekeeping whilst following appropriate safety, environment and risk management systems
- Promote and ensure the application of quality standards relevant to the workplace
- Work autonomously to analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific data and present the results of laboratory work and problem solving clearly and concisely in written and oral form
- Lead continuous performance improvement within the scientific and technical environment
- Use creative thinking and problem solving to challenge assumptions, innovate, make new proposals and build on existing ideas
- Plan and prioritise tasks, review and evaluate progress against objectives and investigate alternative scenarios
- Communicate effectively using a full range of skills: speaking to a scientific and non-scientific audience, active listening, professional writing, professional body language, scientific presentation
- Demonstrate reliability, integrity and respect for confidentiality on work related and personal matters, including appropriate use of social media and information systems
- Work autonomously and interact effectively within a wide, multi-disciplinary project team
- Understand the impact of work on others, especially where related to diversity and equality
- Manage time effectively, being able to plan and complete work to schedule
- Able to handle change and respond to change management processes
- Take responsibility for personal development, demonstrating commitment to learning and self-improvement
What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?
Level 6 Laboratory Scientist Apprenticeship Standard:
- Training to be provided will be day release with University of Greenwich. This will take place through a combination of Lectures, Seminars and 1-to-1 tutorials
You will gain transferable core skills and knowledge, as well as skills specific to the working practices of Pfizer.
The knowledge qualification will be a BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Training will be part of contracted hours making up the working week.
Work based and knowledge competencies to be delivered in line with the Laboratory Scientist Apprenticeship Standard guidelines
What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?
- On successful completion of the apprenticeship, candidates will be able to apply for further positions
Reality CheckThe apprentice must be able to demonstrate the required attitudes, behaviours and interpersonal skills associated with the professional workplace. The apprentice must be willing to commit an amount of personal time to study. Please ensure you check out travel options to be able to commute to the workplace.
Skills RequiredAttention to detail, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working
Qualifications RequiredA Level or equivalent Additional Science or Maths (Grade C or above) Essential
A Level or equivalent Chemistry (Grade C) Essential