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Life Sciences and Chemical Science Professionals Apprenticeship (Level 4)

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A career within the science sector can lead to many opportunities including research and development, product and process development, scientific sales or into a non-scientific career such as IT, finance, HR and marketing.

Research workers within life sciences and chemical sciences are involved in running and analysing results and experiments, either to expand scientific comprehension, or to develop new products, procedures or commercial uses.

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships combine practical on?the?job training with work related qualifications for those aged 16 or above, living in England.

Apprentices will gain a good technical knowledge base of the sector as a whole and, combined with real, practical, work experience, will gain competency in the workplace and the development of transferable skills.

How much will I earn?

When undertaking an Apprenticeship, you will receive the current minimum wage rate for an apprentice, which is £3.50 per hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.

Who is this Apprenticeship suitable for?

This apprenticeship is suitable for those who are currently working within this sector or are looking to gain employment within this sector as a Chemical Science Technician or Life Science Technician.

What type of work will I do and what qualifications will I gain?

Although apprenticeships will vary depending on your entry level and your employer, you will gain a range of skills from the varying tasks you complete, these could include:

  • Develop and maintain a healthy and safe work environment for scientific or technical activities
  • Maintain effective and efficient working relationships for scientific or technical activities
  • Assure quality processes and procedures for scientific or technical activities
  • Carry out risk assessments on scientific or technical activity

You will also have the opportunity to choose from the below optional units:

  • Plan and run scientific or technical projects for workplace activities
  • Develop and provide training for scientific or technical activities in the workplace
  • Plan and conduct scientific or technical investigations
  • Plan and monitor small scale processing activities
  • Manage and monitor the work of scientific or technical teams
  • Write scientific or technical reports for workplace activities
  • Manage scientific or technical business processes for workplace activities
  • Prepare and manage budgets for scientific or technical workplace activities
  • Assess their own scientific or technical knowledge and skills for workplace activities

You will also gain the following qualifications:

  • BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Chemical Science for Industry
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities

What skills and qualities will I need for this apprenticeship?

  • Excellent communications skills
  • Willingness to learn and develop your skills and knowledge
  • Ability to work within a team and on own initiative
  • Good practical and technical skills
  • Methodical approach to your work
  • Ability to organise your workload and meet deadlines

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

This is dependent on your employer and on the level of the apprenticeship you apply for.

You will normally need at least grade C or above in your English and maths GCSEs. If you don't have these, don't worry. You can work towards your functional skills in English and maths alongside your apprenticeship training at St Helens College.

How long will this apprenticeship take to complete?

Depending on the level you enter and the employer you work for, an apprenticeship can vary in duration, from one year to four years. The average duration of this apprenticeship is 36 months. This will be discussed and confirmed with each individual apprentice after initial advice and guidance and initial assessments are completed.

How will I be assessed?

As an apprentice, you will be assigned an assessor, who will visit you in the workplace to observe the tasks you complete. You will also complete a number of relevant work?related modules at the College. All of which will contribute to the overall success of your apprenticeship.

How does an employer benefit from this apprenticeship?

This apprenticeship has been developed in response to the increasing demand for highly skilled employees in a wide range of organisations and to up skill the existing workforce to meet their skills priorities.

What can I progress onto once I have completed my apprenticeship?

Upon successful completion of your apprenticeship you could progress onto the next level of study or you could go onto secure a permanent job with your current employer.

Ref: Caroline Lidster