Skills & Knowledge
A laboratory technician can:
1. Work safely in a laboratory, maintaining excellent housekeeping whilst following appropriate safety, environment and risk management systems.
2. Understand and follow quality procedures to meet the requirements of quality standards relevant to the workplace.
3. Understand the internal and external regulatory environment pertinent to the sector and the employer and comply with regulations proficiently.
4. Prepare for laboratory tasks using the appropriate scientific techniques, procedures and methods.
5. Perform laboratory tasks following specified methodologies, such as Standard Operating Procedures.
6. Demonstrate technical competence in the use of specified instrumentation and laboratory equipment, including calibration where required.
7. Produce reliable, accurate data and keep accurate records of laboratory work undertaken and results.
8. Analyse, interpret and evaluate data and identify results requiring further investigation seeking advice of senior colleagues as appropriate.
9. Understand and apply statistical techniques for data presentation.
10. Communicate scientific information appropriately, including the use of Laboratory Information Management systems, either digital or paper based.
11. Recognise problems and apply appropriate scientific methods to identify causes and achieve solutions.
12. Participate in continuous performance improvement.
13. Develop and apply theoretical knowledge of relevant science and technology required for the sector & job role. 14. Understand the business environment in which the company operates including personal role within the organisation, ethical practice and codes of conduct.
A laboratory technician also demonstrates the required attitudes, behaviours and interpersonal skills associated with the professional workplace including:
Communicate effectively using a full range of skills: speaking; listening; writing; body language; presentation
Work and interact effectively within a team work independently and take responsibility for initiating and completing tasks
Understand impact of work on others, especially where related to diversity and equality
Time management and ability to complete work to schedule
Ability to handle change and respond to change management processes
Minimum of 18 months, typically 24 months duration.
Professional Qualifications / Recognition
The apprenticeship is recognised by the relevant professional bodies at Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) level, for which there is a requirement that the technician will participate in subsequent continuing professional development on completion of the apprenticeship. .
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