Apprentice Laboratory Technician – Biosciences – Clifton, Nottinghamshire

Apprentice Laboratory Technician – Biosciences

Nottingham Trent University

Clifton, Nottinghamshire


Apprentice Laboratory Technician – Biosciences
Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University Clifton Campus, are looking to recruit an Apprentice Laboratory Technician within the School of Science & Technology on a 2 yr Fixed Term Contract. This hands-on role will suit someone with an interest in the areas of Microbiology, Biochemistry, Physiology, Pharmacology and Ecology.

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Closing date: 26 Mar 2023

Apprenticeship summary

Annual wage


Holidays are 25 days plus Bank Holidays and University Closure days

Working week

08.30 – 1700

Total hours per week: 37

Expected duration

27 Months

Possible start date

01 Aug 2023

Date posted

03 Mar 2023


2.7 miles

Apprenticeship level


Level 3 (A level)

Reference number



1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

This is an exciting opportunity to undertake training as a member of the Technical team, provide assistance to staff and students on undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes in the School laboratories, workshops and studios.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Undertake training alongside laboratory assistants with the cleaning of glass/plasticware, ensure laboratories are kept in a clean and orderly manner and arrange the laundering of staff and student lab coats.
  • Undertake training alongside supervising technicians with practical demonstrations of equipment to staff and students.
  • Assist supervising technicians with the set up, to a satisfactory standard, the materials, equipment and apparatus for laboratory, workshop or classroom sessions.
  • Prepare and carry out technical procedures following clear guidelines from supervising technicians and/or standard operating procedures.
  • Undertake training in the routine maintenance and cleaning of equipment within own area ensuring equipment is in good working order, as instructed by supervising technician.
  • Adhere to strict Health & Safety guidelines as outlined in the School Safety Handbook and work to local laboratory procedures.
  • Be aware of the key contacts within the School.
  • Replenish stocks of consumables/stores of basic equipment etc. in order to ensure availability to meet work requirements.
  • Carry out record keeping, filing, data inputting, cataloguing, fault reporting as required by supervising technicians.
  • Commit to attend College for appropriate off site training to obtain L3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Laboratory Technician.  Attend regular progress meetings with immediate supervising technicians and/or Technical Group Leader to establish progress, evaluate ongoing training needs and attend relevant training courses as identified.
  • The post holder may be required to undertake any other duties which may reasonably be required as within the nature of the duties and responsibilities of the post within the school, such as a requirement to work outside normal office hours dependant on the needs of the business.

This Job Description provides an overview of the principal accountabilities of the post and accountabilities will include but will not be limited to those detailed. It is anticipated that the content of roles will evolve and change over time and such the balance of duties within the job description will change within the broad remit of the post.

We are looking for candidates with the following personal qualities:

  • This is a training opportunity for an individual who has an excellent attention to detail.
  • A keen interest in science.
  • Friendly, welcoming, polite and professional.
  • A quick learner who actively listens and communicates information effectively.
  • The ability to plan time effectively to achieve results in the day to day work. Organised with the ability to prioritise work appropriately.
  • Works effectively as a member of a team and takes responsibility for getting things done as part of a team.
  • Willingly takes on new tasks/adopts new approaches as required as appropriate to job role.
  • Participates in Performance Development Contribution Review (PDCR) and takes responsibility for keeping professional skills and knowledge up to date.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Laboratory Technician Standard Level 3 –

Functional Skills Level 2 in English & maths if not exempt.

Please note that the apprenticeship standards require the apprentice to sit an End Point Assessment. Please refer to above link for more information.

Day release at college is one day per week during term time at Nottingham City Hub, where you will study the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science, if you havent already achieved this qualification.

The college day release is planned to start September 2023 but you may be able to  start employment a month or so before then.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Opportunity for ongoing employment upon successful completion of the apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent English, maths & a science subject (Grade 4 or C or Level 2 pass) Essential

Things to consider

Parking onsite but parking charges apply.
Flexibility required on hours, may need to start early / finish late.

About the employer

The big challenges that our world faces are complex. We are working to solve them by sharing our ideas, expertise and technology across the University and with our partners.

From tackling cancer, to making our cities greener, to creating smart textiles that improve and save lives; we’re making major breakthroughs across our five key themes. And, through our thriving research culture, we’re also creating the innovators of the future who will continue to have an impact on world problems.


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Clifton Campus

Remembrance Way


NG11 8NS

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Training provider



Nottingham College Apprenticeship Team

[email protected]

0115 9457260

Apprenticeship standard

Laboratory technician
Level 3 (A level)

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