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Level 3 Apprentice Laboratory Technician

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Job description

Reach Separations is an outsource purification provider that aim to make it as easy as possible for the synthetic and medicinal chemist. They are seeking an enthusiastic apprentice lab technician to join their team in Nottingham City Centre.

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

The role is designed to support Separation Scientists in their roles, and to keep the laboratories at operational levels and in good working order.

The right candidate 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.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

  • Adhere to all health and safety policies and guidelines
  • Follow all provided standard operating procedures
  • Maintain levels of consumable supplies within the labs
  • Support Separation Scientists as they work on incoming samples
  • Coordinating with Separation Scientists on the day-to-day requirements in the labs

Typical work activities:

  • Resupplying the labs with consumables from stores, solvents from external suppliers
  • Collecting deliveries from the dock(s)
  • Keeping the labs in working order, managing and disposing of waste
  • Labelling sample vials, ensuring labels and recorded weights are accurate
  • Responsible for keeping lab glassware in optimal condition
  • Maintain excellent housekeeping, in accordance with organisation Standard Procedures
  • Conduct exchanges of compressed gas cylinders with suppliers

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

  • Effective teamwork and communication using a range of skills
  • Demonstrate technical competence in the use of specified instruments and equipment
  • Complete documentation proficiently
  • Demonstrate understanding of how to follow quality procedures to meet the requirements of quality standards relevant to the workplace
  • Demonstrate an understanding of their responsibility for health and safety in the workplace

Qualifications required

Minimum qualifications A* - C (9-4) GCSE in Maths and English (or equivalent) plus either GCSE grade C/4 in a science subject or Level 2 science qualification or equivalent.

Candidate requirements

Although the weekly day release isnt due to start until 12.2.2021 you will need to have applied, been shortlisted, been selected for interview by the employer, been offered the position and started employment ready to be enrolled for the February start at college.

The current National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate for apprentices is £4.15 per hour. This applies to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged over 18 in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other apprentices the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. The Minimum Wage for Apprentices applies to time spent on the job plus time spent training.

* 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 enrolment and once a week for day release planned to commence 12/2/2021.

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 and why you are interested in a science based apprenticeship

Second question
For the purposes of shortlisting your vacancy from your home address to the employers site, please state whether or not you drive and have your own car or will be using public transport. Parking is expensive in Nottingham City centre but there are a number of bus/tram park and ride schemes to travel into the city.

Employer information

Reach Separations specialises in chromatography for the analysis and purification of small molecules with extensive equipment and expertise.

Address details:

Reach Separations Ltd
Biocity Nottingham
Pennyfoot Street

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Reference number VAC001666939
Working week Monday- Friday
8.30am – 4.30pm

(37.5 hours per week)

Expected duration 27 months
Apprenticeship level Advanced
Related course Laboratory and Science Technician - Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3)
Salary £251.25 (Weekly)

Wage explained

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