- Perform laboratory based investigations and basic scientific experimentation using the appropriate scientific techniques, procedures and methods of relevance to the activities of the laboratory.
- Comply with the quality standards, safe working practices, environment and risk management systems relevant to the workplace.
- Explain the main concepts of the scientific principles according to the literature applicable to the laboratory based techniques and scientific experimentation used in the laboratory.
- Contribute to the development of new processes and methodologies and support their implementation as part of a wider team.
- Work with minimal supervision to produce and analyse scientific data and present the results of laboratory work and problem solving clearly and concisely in written and oral form
- Use computer based data analysis tools including spreadsheets and relevant company software packages.
- Plan and prioritise own tasks, review and evaluate progress against objectives and project plans as part of a wider project team.
- Contribute to recommendations on the appropriate workflows, improvements or scientific solutions to meet the requirements of internal or external customers.
- Find solutions to routine and non-routine problems and contribute to developing solutions to complex problems using techniques such as root cause analysis.
- Contribute to continuous performance improvement within the scientific and technical environment.
- Communicates effectively using a full range of skills: speaking to a scientific and non-scientific audience, active listening, professional writing, and scientific presentation.
- Works with minimal supervision and interacts effectively within a wide, scientific team.
- Manages time effectively, being able to plan and complete work to schedule with thoroughness and attention to detail.
- The principles of non-complex laboratory techniques and scientific experimentation and how to contribute to the development of technical projects and implement new processes according to the literature.
- A theoretical knowledge of chemistry or life sciences plus specialised science and technology relevant to the job role.
- The requirements and significance of reporting results, considering the importance of accuracy, precision and recognising trends.
- How to use mathematical concepts and techniques: units, dimensions, exponentials logarithms and elementary probability and basic statistical analysis relating to sampling and data to evaluate results.
- The basic principles and procedures of project management: project plan, project timeline & milestones, risk log, outcome reviews, product definitions and product owners, key performance measures, action logs, project documentation, project budgets and how to contribute to project plans with other team members.
- How to comply with business rules pertaining to record keeping, traceability & confidentiality and quality systems.
- The internal and external regulatory environment pertinent to the science sector and how to comply with regulations.
- The business environment in which the company operates including personal role within the organisation, ethical practice and codes of conduct.
- Demonstrates reliability, integrity and respect for confidentiality on work related and personal matters.
- Takes account of the impact of work on others, especially where related to diversity and equality.
- Handles and responds positively to change, adjusting to different conditions, technologies, situations and environments.
- Takes responsibility for personal development with ability to observe and communicate observations on own learning.
Typically candidates will have grade C or above in at least five GCSE’s, including English, maths and a science subject and hold relevant level 3 qualifications providing the appropriate number of UCAS points for entry to a level 5 HE programme. Other relevant or prior experience may also be considered as an alternative.
Higher National Diploma or a Foundation Degree in a science or technology discipline relevant to the job role. Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.
Typically 36 months
Link to professional registration
This apprenticeship standard is recognised by the Science Council at registered Scientist (RSci) level.
This apprenticeship standard should be reviewed after 3 years
Originally published on Gov.uk, this information has been re-used under the terms of the Open Government Licence.";