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Level 3 - Apprentice Laboratory Technician


Job description

Devan Chemicals is a dynamic developer, manufacturer and supplier of innovative chemical applications mainly for the textile industry. They are seeking a flexible and enthusiastic Apprentice Laboratory Technician to join their friendly team in Ambergate, Derbyshire.

The college start date for the weekly day release is schedule to start on 12/2/2021 so the successful candidate needs to have applied, been shortlisted, interviewed, selected for the role and commenced employment in advance of that date in order to be enrolled and start attending college.

The role described below is what you will be fully trained to carry out by the end of the apprenticeship.

If you are keen to start your career as a Laboratory Technician then this is an opportunity not to be missed. The role is designed to work with and assist the laboratory manager in the day to day running of the laboratory. The right candidate will have a passion and interest in this industry and will develop into this role alongside completing the Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship Programme which is designed to train and develop apprentices in the workplace to industry standard.

Duties involved within the role:

  • Receipt of samples for tests and input of associated data into laboratory database
  • Preparation of all reagents and materials used in testing
  • Execute chemical applications for various purposes (pre-sales, R&D testing, Quality Control, client projects) through different techniques (padding spraying, etc.) on a wide range of textiles
  • Execute standardised laboratory tests according to protocol to control the performance characteristics of textile substrates and to conform them to health and safety regulations
  • Format test and application reports, with the use of templates, to share the results internally and externally
  • Offer support to sales and clients (indirectly)
  • Perform general administration duties

Devan Chemicals offers a competitive salary with fringe benefits (meal allowance £4.50 per day, commuting allowance, health insurance). To ensure a good work-life balance of the employees Devan uses flexible working hours.

In the longer term, the successful candidate may have the opportunity to travel to Belgium and Portugal where they have other company bases.

How to apply for this vacancy

You can apply for this vacancy through the National Apprenticeship Service. If you require any assistance with applying for this vacancy please contact us on 0115 945 7260 or email the apprenticeship team.

Application deadline: 03/01/2021

Possible start date: 04/01/2021

Skills required

  • You should have an interest in laboratory work
  • You can work alone and are organised and safety conscious
  • You must have a high degree of accuracy
  • You are a real team player
  • You are proficient in English (verbal and written)
  • You are proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel)

Qualifications required

Minimum qualifications required are A*-C/9-4 GCSE in maths and English (or Functional Skills Level 2 equivalent) and GCSE min grade C/4 in a Science subject or L2 in Science.

Candidate requirements

Please note that anyone under the age of 18 will only work a maximum of 40 hours per week. Any role which exceeds these hours on advert will be amended accordingly to fall in line with the legislation.

Please note that if the successful applicant is found prior to the closing date the vacancy maybe withdrawn early.

This apprenticeship is work based learning therefore most of the time you will be working at the employers address. You will need to attend college in Nottingham for initial assessments, enrolment and once a week for day release which is due to commence 12/2/2021 in Nottingham City Centre

Reality Check:

Candidate must be able to travel to the workplace according to working hours.

Training provided

Laboratory Technician Standard Level 3

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

Future progression

Possible permanent position on the completion of the apprenticeship.

Additional questions for candidates

During the application process you will be asked the following additional question(s) below. To prepare yourself, have a think about how you might answer them.

First question
Please state what personal qualities and/or skills you feel you have that make you a good candidate for this apprenticeship.

Second question
For the purposes of shortlisting your application against your commute from home to the employers address, please state whether or not you drive and have your own car or if you will be using public transport.

Employer information

Devan Chemicals is a dynamic developer, manufacturer and supplier of innovative chemical applications mainly for the textile industry.

Address details:

Devan-Ppt Chemicals Ltd
Merlin Court
Ripley Road
DE56 2EP

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Reference number VAC001666893
Working week Monday - Friday 8.30am - 4.00pm

(35 hours per week)

Expected duration 27 months
Apprenticeship level Advanced
Related course Laboratory and Science Technician - Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3)
Salary £225.75 (Weekly)

Wage explained

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).