Laboratory Technician (Engineering Pathway) Apprenticeship

Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies

Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type Apprenticeship
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Please note: By applying for this apprenticeship, you are expressing an interest.

You will have a conditional place on the course once you have applied directly to an employer and been successful at interview.

We would encourage you to look at a full time backup as well.

A Laboratory Technician tests products in an engineering and manufacturing setting, either through destructive or non-destructive methods. 

The broad purpose of the occupation is working at the forefront of technology to carry out both routine and one-off laboratory testing (and manufacturing where relevant) and perform a variety of technical support functions across the organisation.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with the laboratory manager and colleagues, internal departments such as manufacturing, procurement and quality, internal customers such as medical staff, external suppliers and customers such as service engineers, delivery drivers, regulatory bodies and inspection teams e.g. HSE. 


  • The quality procedures to meet the requirements of quality standards relevant to the workplace.
  • How to safely store and handle data in line with national and international data protection and cyber security regulations that apply to the role and employer processes. 
  • How to apply statistical techniques for data processing and presentation. e.g calculation of median, standard deviation, produce graphs 
  • How to recognise problems and apply appropriate methods to identify causes and achieve solutions. 
  •  The business environment in which the company operates including personal role within the organisation, ethical practice and codes of conduct. 
  • The foundations of health and safety including responsibility for health and safety under Health & Safety at Work Act(HASWA) 
  •  Risk assessment & control including Control of Substances Hazardous to Health assessments (COSHH) and Safety Data Sheets 
  • Hazardous area classification & Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmosphere Regulations (DSEAR) rand how they apply within area of responsibility 
  • Site and local safety (including fire and electrical), first aid and emergency management systems and procedures. 
  •  Laboratory health and safety and compliance with legal, regulatory, ethical requirements including the management and control of laboratory waste and the handling and disposal of chemical substances 
  •  How to order and control stocks of laboratory materials where required 
  •  How to apply the concepts of resource efficiency to energy, water and waste in the workplace. 
  • Error reporting and correction techniques e.g. for traceability  

Entry requirements

4 GCSE grade 4 and above including English Language, Maths and Science.

You will also need to gain a suitable employer. You can do this through searching for vacancies on our website and applying directly to the employer. This will be followed by a competitive interview process. Or by approaching employers yourself to ask if they will take on an apprentice. Once you find a suitable employer you should contact the college with their details.