Laboratory Technician L3 Apprenticeship

Level 3 Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship
What is a laboratory technician?

A laboratory technician is an essential role that involves working in a laboratory and utilising a range of scientific techniques to support various research and experimentation endeavours.

The primary duties we cover on this apprenticeship...
  • Prepare for laboratory-based scientific investigations and experiments, including the identification of appropriate scientific techniques, procedures, and methods.
  • Plan and conduct laboratory-based scientific investigations and experiments using specialized techniques, specified methodologies, and quality standards, while adhering to health and safety procedures and relevant regulations.
  • Utilise specified instrumentation and laboratory equipment, including calibration and troubleshooting when necessary.
  • Systematically collect and generate reliable and accurate information from scientific investigations and experiments, maintaining precise records.
  • Employ data analysis tools to process and produce reliable analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of data.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders and effectively communicate scientific information.
  • Apply scientific techniques for data presentation, such as statistics, to convey information to both scientific and non-scientific audiences.
  • Identify problems and apply appropriate scientific methods to determine causes and implement solutions.
  • Stay updated on advances in scientific and sector working practices and actively contribute to continuous business performance improvement.
  • Support, organise, and manage personal workload while contributing to the development of staff within one’s area.
Apprentices will benefit from:

Earn a wage, whilst studying a fantastic course

Gaining experience in a fast-paced & competitive industry

No learning costs for the Apprentice


Potential career paths of  Apprentices…

  • Analytical support chemist
  • Assistant scientist
  • Associate practitioner
  • Laboratory analyst
  • Laboratory coordinator
  • Laboratory research assistant
  • Microbiology support scientist
  • Process development technologist
  • Quality control laboratory assistant
  • Technical laboratory assistant
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How does the end point assessment work?

What is an end-point assessment and why it happens

An EPA is an assessment at the end of your apprenticeship. It will assess you against the knowledge, skills, and behaviours (KSBs) in the occupational standard. Your training will cover the KSBs. The EPA is your opportunity to show an independent assessor how well you can carry out the occupation you have been trained for.

Your employer will choose an end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) to deliver the EPA. Your employer and training provider should tell you what to expect and how to prepare for your EPA.

The length of the training for this apprenticeship is typically 36 months. The EPA period is typically 3 months.

The overall grades available for this apprenticeship are:

  • fail
  • pass
  • merit
  • distinction


When you pass the EPA, you will be awarded your apprenticeship certificate.

EPA gateway

The EPA gateway is when the EPAO checks and confirms that you have met any requirements required before you start the EPA. You will only enter the gateway when your employer says you are ready.

The gateway requirements for your EPA are:

  • achieved English and mathematics qualifications in line with the apprenticeship funding rules
  • for the project presentation and questions, the project's title and scope must be agreed with the EPAO and a project summary submitted
  • for the professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence, you must submit a portfolio of evidence


Assessment methods

Project with report

You will complete a project and write a report. You will be asked to complete a project. The title and scope must be agreed with the EPAO at the gateway. The report should be a maximum of 3000 words (with a 10% tolerance).

You will have 8 weeks to complete the project and submit the report to the EPAO.

You need to prepare and give a presentation to an independent assessor. Your presentation slides and any supporting materials should be submitted at the same time as the project output. The presentation with questions will last at least 75 minutes. The independent assessor will ask at least 8 questions about the project and presentation.


Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence

You will have a professional discussion with an independent assessor. It will last 105 minutes. They will ask you at least 4 questions. The questions will be about certain aspects of your occupation. You need to compile a portfolio of evidence before the EPA gateway. You can use it to help answer the questions.

The EPAO will confirm where and when each assessment method will take place.


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