Reading Scientific Services Ltd

Laboratory Technician Apprentice - Advanced (Level 3)

Reading Scientific Services Ltd (Employer)

Csr Group (Training Provider)

Annual wage £17,000.00
36.0 hours per week Monday - Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm
2 years (duration)
23 August 2021(start date)
Laboratory technician (apprenticeship standard)
3 positions available
31 July 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

You will be on a robust training programme, learning and carrying out lab work, over the course of 24 months. You will work within one of our specialist laboratories, analysing a wide range of different food and pharmaceutical products, supporting the teams with routine analysis.


You will carry out fundamental tests as part of a scientific team. The work plays an important role in the foundation stages of research and development for the food and pharmaceutical industries.

In addition to training for laboratory-based tasks, the post holder will also provide all the required support (general housekeeping, administration etc.) to enable the laboratory to function effectively, whilst adhering to correct procedures and health and safety guidelines.

Primary Accountabilities / Responsibilities:

  • Work safely in a laboratory, maintaining excellent housekeeping whilst following appropriate safety, environment and risk management systems
  • Follow quality procedures to meet the requirements of quality standards relevant to the workplace
  • Prepare for laboratory tasks using the appropriate scientific techniques, procedures and methods
  • Perform laboratory tasks following specified methodologies, such as Standard Operating Procedures
  • Use of specified instrumentation and laboratory equipment, including calibration where required
  • Produce reliable, accurate data and keep accurate records of laboratory work undertaken and results
  • Analyse, interpret and evaluate data and identify results requiring further investigation seeking advice of senior colleagues as appropriate
  • Communicate scientific information appropriately, including the use of Laboratory Information Management systems, either digital or paper based

Where will you be based and when will you start?

You will be based at one of our 3 sites, all of which house state of the art laboratories. These sites are Reading Science Centre and JJT based on the University of Reading campus, and the third based a short drive away in Wokingham.

Our apprenticeships start in September.

What benefits will you get?

In return for your work and dedication, you can look forward to:

  • All tuition fees paid
  • Access to world class scientific equipment
  • The opportunity to work with and learn from highly qualified and experienced scientists
  • A competitive salary with bonus scheme
  • Contributory pension
  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Flexible benefits programme
  • Access to employee health and well-being programmes
  • Entry Criteria

Please be aware that this role may require handling of materials that may contain chemicals, solvents and allergens, and the appropriate protective wear will be supplied.

Future Prospects

Ongoing opportunities will be available to successful graduates of this programme.

Reality Check

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

  • A passion for science
  • Good communication skills

Qualities Required

  • A willingness to learn
  • Ability to work independently, as well as when part of a team
  • Excellent attention to detail

Qualifications Required

You’ll need a good academic background to qualify for our apprentice program, including:

  • To have studied a suitable Scientific qualification, preferably A-Level’s in Chemistry and Maths (alternative experience and qualifications will be considered)
  • To have achieved (or be predicted) a minimum of 120 UCAS points
  • A minimum of 5 GCSE’s (or equivalent) at grades 9-5 (A*-C), including Science, Maths and English (Language)

Training Provided

Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship Standard at Level 3 including HNC in Chemistry or Biology.

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