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You MUST have an employer before you can start an apprenticeship. You can search for an apprenticeship job here.

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18-24 months


Laboratory technicians work in a wide range of organisations, including chemical, primary and secondary pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products, nuclear companies and analytical science services. A laboratory technician may carry out both routine and one-off laboratory testing and perform a variety of technical support functions across the organisation. In any context working safety and ethically is paramount and many companies operate under highly regulated conditions because of the need to control the quality and safety of products, for example medicines. Laboratory technicians are expected to work both individually and as part of a team. They are able to work with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work that is undertaken. They are proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying areas for improving the business.

Am I ready to start?

You must be currently employed in a suitable Laboratory Technician role.

How does an Apprenticeship Work?

Harlow College is conveniently based in the Centre of Harlow.

The Laboratory Technician Apprentice will benefit from:

  • The highest quality of teaching by a qualified, experienced Assessor
  • Modern well equipped laboratories
  • Classroom based study which further develops apprentice’s knowledge, skills and confidence
  • Maths and English teaching essential to underpin and support workplace knowledge
  • Learning at your premises by agreement
  • Use of the e-portfolio system Onefile

The employer will benefit from:

  • A named advisor supporting you with information and guidance, advising you through the training process to successful completion
  • Progress reports
  • Regular, clear and concise communications
  • Our employer forum

What does the course involve?

  • Level 2 Functional Skills English
  • Level 2 Functional Skills Maths 
  • The apprenticeship is recognised by the relevant professional bodies at Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) level.

All tutors in the Harlow College Science team are highly qualified tutors, specialising in a wide range of science subjects.

The learner will receive bespoke training and support which includes the use of our e-portfolio system Onefile.

Apprentices will gain a good foundation of learning which allows them to develop and apply theoretical knowledge of relevant science and technology required for the sector and job role.

How and when will I study?

Assessment will be completed using a variety of methods which include:

  • End point assessment
  • Review of behaviours evaluation log
  • A synoptic assessment test
  • A vocational competence discussion
  • Scenario case study

The apprentice will be assessed at several stages during their apprenticeship. As well as the assessment/examination that is required for the knowledge qualification, there should be on-going competence evaluation during an apprentice’s training programme that will be marked by two gateways, commonly taking place at the end of the first third and at the end of their training programme.

In addition to this learners will need to complete exams if they are required to undertake their functional skills.

Down to business, what can I do and what can I earn?

  • Laboratory Technician – Industry/Schools
  • Research and development technician
  • Animal Science technician
  • Analytical chemistry technician
  • Forensic science technician

Got a job?

You must have a job to do an apprenticeship. If you already have a job you may be able to do an apprenticeship with your current employer.

If you don’t have a job for your apprenticeship – apply for your place at College by clicking the 'Apply Now' button at the top and bottom of the page.

Once you have applied please check out our apprenticeship job vacancies.

An apprenticeship comprises two parts:

  • Typically 20% study element (at Harlow College or Stansted Airport College).
  • 80% work based element with an employer. It is your responsibility to find an employer.

Great, so what do I do now?

Call 01279 868240 to speak to an Apprenticeships adviser

Contact us about applying for an Apprenticeship