The specific nature of each laboratory and science technician job role will vary according to the needs of the employer, but apprentices could work in the following areas: research and development, scientific analysis and testing or education and industry. Industry sectors include chemicals, petro-chemicals,
Public and private health care, Animal and marine science, Nuclear, Pharmaceuticals, Waste disposal, mining, quarrying and extractives, building and construction support services, ecological/environmental science, metallurgy science, food science and hygiene, agriculture science.
In the Education sector, they are frequently called upon to set up equipment and experiments that support teachers and lecturers who teach biology, chemistry, physics and other scientific subjects.
An interview is required and candidates will be assessed for their potential to achieve the apprenticeship. The assessment will depend upon the level and range of activities being undertaken in the workplace. Where necessary, applicants may be assessed for their level of Maths and English skills and are required to be working at (or towards) Level 2.
Entrants to the Advanced Apprenticeship are likely to have a minimum of 5 GCSE Grades A-C including English, Maths and one Science plus appropriate prior workplace experience. Apprentices need to be employed by a suitable and appropriate employer, for at least 30 hours per week. You will also need to have been a resident in the EU for at least 3 years, not have a level 4 or higher qualification within the same curriculum area, and not be on any other government funded training programme.. Commitment and motivation are necessary to complete the course.
Delivery of the knowledge qualification is weekly day-release study at The College of West Anglia, with tuition provided by a qualified science teacher. This will include coursework assessments throughout the apprenticeship and the ability to achieve Pass, Merit or Distinction in the qualification. This allows for consistency for both employer and apprentice throughout the apprenticeship allowing for full focus to the job role and commitments whilst at work with learning focus taking place each week to support retention of knowledge.
Professional skills, behaviours and job role competencies are developed in conjunction with the employer to enable the progression of specific workplace focussed skills. A qualified and dedicated Science assessor will support the development of these skills alongside a workplace mentor who can log and supervise progress.
There will be an end assessment once all gateways have been completed.
How is my course assessed?
Assessed through evidence of workplace activities and observations.
Technical certificate - includes a range of practical and theoretical assessments plus an external exam.
Functional Skills - assessed through external examination.
Duration 2 years
Duration 2 years
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