Science Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship (Level 3)

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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.

Science manufacturing technicians work in a wide range of companies, such as chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and nuclear manufacturing. They often operate the systems and equipment, involved in the production of products and find solutions to problems and identifying areas for improving their work environment.

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 £3.90 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 Science Manufacturing Technician or Science Manufacturing Operative.

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:

  • Effective communication and team working
  • Understanding of the principles of manufacturing
  • Understanding of responsibilities for health, safety and the environment
  • Controlling batch or continuous process manufacturing
  • Time management and scheduling
  • Application of business improvement techniques

You will also gain the following qualifications:

  • Knowledge Qualification - BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Applied Science
  • Competence Qualification - Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Processing Industries Operations
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Level 2 Functional Skills English
  • Level 2 Functional Skills Maths

You will also have the opportunity to choose two units from Level 2 Business Improvement Techniques.

What skills and qualities will I need for this apprenticeship?

  • An interest in science and manufacturing
  • The ability to work independently and within a team
  • A willingness to respond to change and develop your skills and knowledge
  • The ability to manage own time and prioritise workload
  • Excellent communications skills

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 typically 30 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: Neil Owen