Laboratory Technician Level 3

Laboratory Technicians, at the forefront of innovation, conduct routine & one-off testing, adhering to safety & quality standards within a variety of global industries.


Total Duration
19 Months

EPA Organisation

Assessment Method
Observation with Questioning, Interview Underpinned by a Portfolio of Evidence and Knowledge Test


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Combine data analysis & safety practices, execute diverse tests, maintain equipment, & contribute to organisational goals

This occupation is found in a wide range of organisations, including but not exclusively, chemical, primary and secondary pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products, nuclear companies; and analytical science services, dental laboratories and educational establishments. The broad purpose of the occupation is working at the forefront of technology to carry out both routine and one-off laboratory testing (and manufacturing where relevant) and perform a variety of technical support functions across the organisation.

The core knowledge, skills and behaviours you'll develop on the course:

  • Work safely in a laboratory, maintaining excellent housekeeping whilst following appropriate safety, environment and risk management systems.
  • Follow quality procedures to meet the requirements of quality standards relevant to the workplace.
  • Prepare for laboratory tasks using the appropriate scientific techniques, procedures and methods.
  • Perform laboratory tasks following specified methodologies, such as Standard Operating Procedures.
Why choose Inspire ATA?

We work with high-quality training providers to deliver a wide range of training programmes through a blended learning approach that is tailored to each learner's needs.  Inspire ATA recruits and employs each apprentice on behalf of the "host" client, enabling us to offer additional support and a better experience for both apprentice and client.

We can also offer flexi-job apprenticeships which means we are able to offer short term contracts and other non-standard employment models

  • The quality procedures to meet the requirements of quality standards relevant to the workplace.
  • How to safely store and handle data in line with national and international data protection and cyber security regulations that apply to the role and employer processes.
  • How to apply statistical techniques for data processing and presentation. e.g. calculation of median, standard deviation, produce graphs.
  • How to recognise problems and apply appropriate scientific methods to identify causes and achieve solutions.
  • The business environment in which the company operates including personal role within the organisation, ethical practice and codes of conduct.
  • The foundations of health and safety including responsibility for health and safety under Health & Safety at Work Act (HASWA).
  • Risk assessment & control including Control of Substances Hazardous to Health assessments (COSHH) and Safety Data Sheets.


  • Comply with health and safety policies and procedures including HASWA, COSHH, risk assessments, use of personal protective equipment (PPE), manual handling, emergency procedures.
  • Maintain excellent housekeeping, in accordance with organisation Standard Procedures.
  • Order and control stocks of laboratory materials where required.
  • Identify, organise and use resources effectively to complete tasks applying the concepts of resource efficiency e.g. energy, water and waste.
  • Adhere to internal and external regulatory requirements e.g. GLP, GMP, GDP.
  • Demonstrate technical competence in the use of specified instruments and equipment.
  • Report faults and seek diagnostic advice to maintain equipment in good working order, including calibration where required.
  • Contribute to the preparation of reports.



  • Effective communication using a range of skills
  • Effective teamwork.
  • Ability to work independently and take responsibility for initiating and completing tasks in compliance with quality and safety standards, challenging unsafe working practices where appropriate.
  • An understanding of impact of their work on others, especially where related to diversity and equality.

Apprenticeships are available in the following locations

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Cheshunt, Hertfordshire

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