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Apprenticeship training course

Technician scientist (level 5)

Working in a laboratory and using various scientific techniques.

Qualification level
Equivalent to higher national diploma (HND).
Typical duration
36 months
Apprenticeship category
Health and science
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Analytical support chemist
  • Assistant scientist
  • Associate practitioner
  • Laboratory analyst
  • Laboratory assistant
  • Laboratory co-ordinator
  • Laboratory research assistant
  • Microbiology support scientist
  • Process development technologist
  • Quality control laboratory assistant
  • Senior laboratory technician
  • Technical laboratory assistant
  • Technical specialist  (scientist)
  • Technical support scientist
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Identify potential scientific techniques to meet defined objectives.
  • Review and select appropriate scientific techniques to undertake required tasks (consider risk management, safe working practices, equipment availability, quality standards, the environment, and sustainability).
  • Source and calibrate specified instrumentation and laboratory equipment.
  • Plan and perform laboratory-based investigations and scientific experimentation using scientific techniques, procedures, and methods relevant to the role.
  • Systematically obtain information when conducting scientific experiments.
  • Record and store data in accordance with regulatory requirements.
  • Contribute to the development or improvement of processes and methodologies and support their implementation into the business as part of a wider team.
  • Use data analysis tools and software packages to process or produce reliable, accurate data or information.
  • Interpret scientific data to inform actions or recommendations and escalate where required.
  • Present the results of scientific work to scientific and non-scientific audiences in written and oral form.
  • Plan and prioritise own tasks and complete work to schedule whilst maintaining compliance with internal and external requirements.
  • Contribute to recommendations, improvements, or scientific solutions to meet the requirements of internal or external customers.
  • Identify, develop or contribute to solutions to technical problems.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders and identify results requiring further investigation or escalation.
  • Keeps up to date with advances in scientific and sector working practices and technologies. Shares best practice across the team.

Full information on Technician scientist (level 5) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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