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Laboratory Technician

The Advanced Apprenticeship for Laboratory Technicians is for people working or hoping to work in a science laboratory. The Apprenticeship Standard will take two years to complete. In the first year, the apprentice will attend the University Technical College in Newton Abbot for one day per week. During this day, the apprentice study towards a BTEC National Extended Certificate in Applied Science, learning advanced practical laboratory technician skills, theory and practice plus improving their maths and English ability.

In employment, the apprentice will learn skills on-the-job, supported to work towards specific competence targets relating to health and safety, laboratory housekeeping, scientific methods, analysing data and complying with relevant regulations. The apprentice will also undertake an IOSH Working Safely Certificate.

The apprenticeship will be assessed by an external organisation at the end of the two years.

Once completed, graduates go on to work as qualified science technicians in commercial laboratories, research, schools and universities. Alternatively they may choose to progress to a Higher Apprenticeship for Laboratory Scientists or onto a science-related degree.

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Newton Abbot Campus – Automotive Skills Centre

This course is available at our Newton Abbot Campus on Bradley Lane. Here we offer automotive courses for learners of all ages, reaching Teignbridge and Torquay.

Bradley Lane,
Newton Abbot,
TQ12 1LZ

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We currently offer a wide range of apprenticeships in various sectors including: childcare, management, hairdressing, marine and many more. Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16.

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

We deliver a range of Higher Apprenticeships which offer a unique way of developing professional level, job specific skills while remaining in employment and earning a salary.

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A supportive learning environment is available for all students including, free or discounted travel options, careers advice and more. We take pride in matching apprentices of all ages to the right job and employer.

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