Does a Career in Science Interest You? Find Out How to Become a Scientist

A career as a laboratory scientist might be perfect for you if you want to attain a specialist knowledge of a range of Scientific Studies.

What Could You Learn?

A Laboratory Scientist Apprenticeship allows you to gain a degree and carry out a range of technical and scientific activities.

This includes these specialist disciplines

  • Life Sciences
  • Chemical Science
  • Research & Development
  • Analytical

Key Responsibilities of a Laboratory Scientist Apprentice

In this role you will be required to analyse, interpret, and evaluate relevant scientific information, concepts, and ideas. Using these skills, you will be able to develop experiments and investigations in order to propose solutions to problems. You will need to produce reliable, consistent, and ethical work whilst working in a range of organisations. You will need to be able to work under the supervision of senior scientists but also contribute to a wider scientific team.

Knowledge Skills and Behaviors

You will need to have the below understandings in relation to one of the above specialist disciplines.

Knowledge

  • An awareness of scientific principles, theories and terminology of laboratory-based experimentation.
  • Business environment in which the company operates.
  • Business ethical practice and codes of conduct.
  • The internal and external regulatory environment pertinent to the science sector and area of specialization, for example Medicines & Healthcare Products  Regulatory Authority (MHRA) , Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH),  Good Laboratory Practice (GLP).
  • The requirements of internal or external customers and how to recommend the appropriate workflows, improvements, or scientific solutions.
  • How advanced science and technology are developed, established techniques of scientific enquiry and research methodologies.
  • The theoretical basis for application of the science relevant to one specialist discipline including how to apply this during experimental design and implementation of research programmes.
  • The requirements for the development and validation of analytical methods and instrumentation, including suitable sampling methods as appropriate to the specialist discipline.
  • How to use statistical techniques, probability distributions, significance testing & confidence limits, regression & correlation and hypothesis testing to evaluate results, design experiments and draw evidence based conclusions.
  • How to independently implement new processes according to the literature, data mining results and input from colleagues.
  • How to initiate, plan, execute and close a project and incorporate the organisation’s project management procedures into the scientific work environment working with team members.

Skills

  • Being able to lead performance improvement within the work environment using process mapping & analysis and root cause analysis that is informed by other appropriate principles.
  • Ensuring targets are being met and maintained and complying with procedures and legislative requirements.
  • Being able to autonomously plan and prioritise tasks.
  • Use creative thinking and problem-solving techniques to challenge proposals and build on existing ideas.
  • Promote and ensure the application of quality standards and a safe working environment.
  • Comply with workplace and business regulations.
  • Being able to present data and the results of laboratory work in written and oral form.
  • Support appraisal of scientific experimentation with numerical and statistical analysis.
  • Independently design and implement new processes according to relevant literature and other data sources.

Behaviours

  • Communication to both scientific and non-scientific audiences.
  • Presentation skills.
  • Time Management.
  • Team-work.
  • Being able to take initiative in the workplace.
  • Being reliable.

Entry Requirements + Information about apprenticeships

Whilst requirements differ per applicant per employer, typically it is required for candidates to have 5 GCSEs at grade C or above. This will include Maths, English and a Science subject. Additionally, you will need to hold relevant level 3 qualifications and have the appropriate amount of UCAS points for entry to a level 6 Hugh Education Programme. Other relevant experiences can alternatively be considered.

The duration is typically 60 months and upon completion, you receive a bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline relevant to the job role, for example in Chemistry, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Microbiology, and Genetics.

Furthermore, this qualification allows you to be eligible to apply to be a Registered Scientist (RSci) through a shorter application route.

Conclusion

This apprenticeship will be perfect for you if you have an analytical brain and are eager to become a specialist in the scientific field. The course offers you to further your skill set and gives you the foundation to have a career in science.

If all of this interests you find more about applications here!