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Laboratory technicians

Up to £15,000

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Building and civil engineering technicians

Up to £36,000

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Pharmaceutical technicians

Up to £23,000

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There is a demand across the country for skilled and qualified technicians, and employers increasingly need committed, well trained and enthusiastic workers. Laboratory technicians work in a wide range of organisations, including but not exclusively, chemical, primary and secondary pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products, nuclear companies; and analytical science services. A laboratory technician may carry out both routine and one-off laboratory testing and perform a variety of technical support functions across the organisation. In any context working safety and ethically is paramount and many companies operate under highly regulated conditions because of the need to control the quality and safety of products, for example medicines. Laboratory technicians are expected to work both individually and as part of a laboratory team. They are able to work with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work that is undertaken. They are proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying areas for improving the business.

Qualifications and End Point Assessment Information:

BTEC 120 credit Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science (QCF)

NVQ Level 3 LATA (with vocational competence evaluation log and behaviours evaluation log completed alongside)

Apprentices without a level 2 English and mathematics will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their apprenticeship.

End assessment


On completion of Gateway 1 and 2 the employer will sign off the apprentice as ready for the formal end assessment, which must be conducted in the workplace. Formal end assessment, which will take place during the last 3 months of the apprenticeship will comprise:

  • Review of behaviours evaluation log
  • Synoptic assessment test (SAT)
  • Vocational competence discussion
  • Scenario case study

Method(s) of delivery:

BTEC: day release in college

NVQ: Completion of e-portfolio & evaluation logs in workplace in workplace

Entry criteria:

Employed for minimum of 30 hours per week.

5 GCSE’s C or equivalent, including maths (grade 4c or above), English (grade 4 or above) and Science. Alternatively a First Diploma (BTEC) in applied science alongside GCSE’s (or equivalent) in maths and English (grade C/grade 4 or above).


24 months.

What next?

Students can continue to a higher apprenticeship.

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