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Qualification

Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) or Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities. The level is determined by the role in the workplace and previous qualifications.

Entry requirements

To start the course you must be employed in a relevant environment for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

For the Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) students should ideally have at least 4 GCSEs at grade D or above (or equivalent) including Mathematics, English (grade 3+) and Science. They could also possess a First Diploma (BTEC) in Applied Science alongside GCSEs (or equivalent) in Maths and English (grade D/grade 3+ or above).

For the Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) students should ideally have at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including Maths, English (grade 4 or above) and Science. They could also possess a First Diploma (BTEC) in Applied Science alongside GCSEs (or equivalent) in Mathematics and English (grade C/grade 4 or above).

Duration

The Technical Certificate takes two academic years to complete with examinations being held in April. The BTEC Applied Science Diploma is completed over the duration of the course so will take two academic years to complete.

Apprentices attend College one day per week, and work for their employer the rest of the time.

Why Laboratory Science?

There is a demand across the country for skilled and qualified technicians, and employers increasingly need committed, well trained and enthusiastic workers.

By completing an Apprenticeship as a Laboratory & Science Technician you will increase your skills, knowledge and performance, and become a valuable team member. This will demonstrate to an employer that you have gained the right knowledge and experience to help them in their business and encourage them to invest in you and your career.

What will I study?

There are five related pathways available (two for the Advanced Apprenticeship) through the framework and the exact pathway to be followed will be decided in consultation with your employer. The principal difference between the pathways will be the content of the Level 2 or 3 NVQ course.

Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities

Mandatory units:

• Follow health and safety procedures for scientific or technical activities
• Use information recordings systems for scientific or technical activities
• Maintain effective and efficient working relationships for scientific or technical activities

Optional units include:

• Preparing samples for analysis
• Carrying out sample analysis
• Supporting learning activities
• Preparing solutions and compounds for technical use

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities

Mandatory units:

• Maintain health and safety in a scientific or technical workplace
• Maintain effective and efficient working relationships for scientific or technical activities
• Carry out scientific or technical testing operations
• Access and communicate scientific or technical information to authorised personnel
• Provide technical advice and guidance for scientific or technical activities

Optional units include:

• Plan scientific or technical sampling and testing activities
• Carry out complex scientific or technical testing operations
• Carry out scientific or technical investigations


Additional study

• Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT
• Personal Learning & Thinking Skills (PLTS)
• Employee Rights & Responsibilities (ERR)
• Level 2 Technical Certificate (Intermediate) * This qualification is currently under review and could change
• Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Applied Science (Advanced)

How will I be assessed?

For the NVQ you will build up a portfolio, which is a collection of examples or evidence of your work that demonstrates your skills and ability, including a work diary, photos, statements from your employer and colleagues and examples of completed tasks. Assessment consists of practical tasks, observations, oral questioning, written questions, assignments and projects.

The Functional Skills are assessed through online tests.

What could it lead to?

NVQ Level 4 in Laboratory and Technical Activities or additional training in the workplace relative to experience and role.


Science Apprenticeships sucess rates are 22.9% above the National Average of 60.4%
Level 2 is 3.3% above the National Average of 56.7%
Level 3 is 30.8% above the National Average of 61.5%


York College, graded Outstanding by OFSTED, is ideally placed to support both Apprentices and businesses to successfully engage with and benefit from Apprenticeships.
To find out more about how to become an Apprentice or how to recruit an Apprentice into your business please contact York Business Development Unit:
Tel: 01904 770368
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Joseph Turton

Former York College apprentice Joseph Turton is celebrating success as a double award winner for his outstanding work on the Laboratory and Science Advanced Apprenticeship pathway.

Joe was first awarded Advanced Apprentice of the Year in 2013 and has since been awarded Chemical Sciences Apprentice of the Year 2014.

Joe secured his apprenticeship aged 16 as a Science Laboratory Technician and has now gained a full time role as an Assistant Scientist for the Food Environment Research Agency (FERA) at Sand Hutton.

Joe explains how his apprenticeship at York College has led to his success. He said: “The best piece of advice I would give a young person starting their career, whatever that may be, would be to find something they are really passionate about – for me it was science. Then seriously consider it and do some research into whether an apprenticeship offers something for you. The most obvious path seemed to be to go to York College and study my apprenticeship – I haven’t looked back since.”

Joe’s role as an Assistant Scientist within the Centre for Chemical Safety and Stewardship involves research to determine effects of chemicals, such as pesticides, on organisms that live in water.

Joe’s hard work and determination not only led to a full time role but after attending the Royal Society of Chemistry awards ceremony in Manchester, he received a cash prize, medal and additional funding towards his professional development.

To find out more about how to become an Apprentice or how to recruit an Apprentice into your business please contact York Business Development Team:

Tel: 01904 770368
Email: employers@yorkcollege.ac.uk

For National Apprenticeship Week 2015 we teamed up with Vale Radio to find out how  our apprentices had got started and how they see their careers developing. This is Chloe's story...

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