Stepan Uk Ltd

QC Chemist Apprenticeship


Stepan Uk Ltd

Training Provider:


Annual wage £15,000.00
36.0 hours per week Flexible start and finish times. Mon – Thurs start between 7.30am – 9.30am & finish between 4.00pm – 6.00pm. Friday start between 7.30am – 9.30am & finish between 3.30pm – 5.30pm. Time at university will be allowed whichever day it is.
duration: 4 years
start: 19 September 2019
Degree(level 6)
Laboratory Scientist (degree) (apprenticeship standard)
31 August 2019 (application closing date)
To provide analytical services in line with the company’s quality standards and procedures, provision of customer support, development of new product opportunities, and to provide a technical resource in support of sites production units.


Duties to include:

  • Performs analysis of finished products to specified standards, as specified in laboratory procedures and the laboratory validation process
  • Accurate reporting of results to relevant people (planning, production etc) using LIMS etc
  • Provide all documentation, labels etc to keep area operational
  • Ensures compliance with documented quality systems, relevant to own area
  • Liaise with other departments on matters concerning product quality
  • Supports production in terms of process control and product quality and technical quality issues
  • Assists in the development of new products/product variations and analytical methods
  • Respond to internal customer queries (technical and otherwise) as and when require
  • Assists production management to maintain environmental performance and targets

Future Prospects

  • Possibility of full-time employment (QC Dept, Sales, Manufacturing or R& D)

Reality Check

  • Prepared to work with and handle hazardous chemicals on a regular basis
  • Top Tier COMAH site
  • Possible shift work on occasion

Skills Required

  • Experience of a variety of analytical techniques, e.g. GC, HPLC, UV/VIS, AA, titration, etc.
  • Some experience of working in a laboratory environment
  • Knowledge of basic Health & Safety in the laboratory
  • Computer literate, e.g. Microsoft Office, etc.

Qualities Required

  • Understands and follows set rules, procedures and regulations
  • Works with a regard for own and others’ safety
  • Helpful, patient and polite
  • Shows professionalism
  • Provides and accepts constructive feedback and criticism
  • Learns from mistakes - prevents problems recurring
  • Able to work with care and precision even under pressure
  • Logical
  • Organised

Qualifications Required

  • Candidates should have a minimum of 104 points at A-Level (Grades BCC), with one being Chemistry. Equivalent qualifications, such as a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, DDM, in a scientific discipline is also acceptable (or equivalent).
  • We will individually evaluate candidates who do not meet these requirements but have workplace experience.
  • Additionally, applicants who are unable to evidence achieving GCSE (or equivalent) grades A*-C/9-4 in Maths and English Language will need to complete Functional Skills, or equivalents, during the apprenticeship.

Training Provided

The programme teaches both academic and vocational aspects of the Laboratory Scientist Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship.

It has been developed in collaboration with employers to ensure apprentices develop and demonstrate all the knowledge, skills, and behaviours required to progress within the chemical industry and make an impact for their employer.

Academic Units:

The programme teaches fundamental and advanced aspects of organic, physical, inorganic, and analytical chemistry.

The units cover themes such as:

  • Spectroscopy and Chemical Analysis
  • Transition Metal Chemistry
  • Thermodynamics and Kinetics
  • Addition, Substitution, and Elimination Reactions

Furthermore, apprentices have a choice of optional units in years 3 and 4 of their degree programme, allowing them to tailor their learning to their specific interests and/or workplace environment.

Optional modules include:

  • Applied Chemistry for Industry
  • Green Chemistry
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Vocational Units:

The programme includes vocational units to ensure apprentices develop the vocational knowledge and skills required by the apprenticeship.

While still retaining all the academic rigour of our standard units, they are designed to help students develop a strong understanding in areas of vital importance to a scientific workplace - for example, health & safety and continuous improvement.

Specific units include:

  • Introduction to Workplace Regulations
  • Business Improvement
  • Laboratory Scientist Skills (1&2)

Key Skills Units:

Furthermore, the apprentices will undertake units that improve written and oral communication, as well as problem-solving and research skills.

These skills are directly translatable to the workplace and the assessments are tailored to reflect their everyday application in the scientific workplace.

Units that address these areas include:

  • Communication and Research Skills
  • Project and Personal Development

Wherever possible the programme is flexible so that employers and apprentices can choose elements that are best suited to their own business requirements.

The work-based projects, negotiated with employers, also offer students the opportunity to apply their learning directly to their organisation and its business context.

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