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This Modern Apprenticeship helps employees gain skills and knowledge they need for roles in life sciences and its related industries. It’s offered at two levels to support new entrants and the upskilling of existing teams. The apprenticeship covers the traditional healthcare aspects of life sciences, as well as related science areas such as industrial, marine, plant, environmental and veterinary biotechnology.

Qualifications

SCQF level 6

Your employee will study for a qualification at SCQF level 6 in one of:

  • Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities
  • Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities (Industrial Science)
  • Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities (Education Science)
  • Life Sciences and Related Industries

Plus, a qualification at SCQF level 5 in one of:

  • Applied Science
  • Practical Science
Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this Modern Apprenticeship.

Progression and development

After completing this Modern Apprenticeship, your employees will have the skills and knowledge they need for roles including:

  • Laboratory attendant
  • Junior laboratory assistant technician
  • Junior technician
  • Laboratory trainee

They could also progress to the Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 7 or further qualifications and recognition, including:

  • HNC/HND in chemistry, science or a related discipline
  • Assessor and Verifier awards
  • Qualifications in business improvement techniques and supervisory management
  • Cogent Gold Standard qualifications
  • Membership of a professional institution at Technician level

SCQF qualification levels explained

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SCQF level 7

Your employee will study for a qualification at SCQF level 7 in one of:

  • Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities
  • Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities (Industrial Science)
  • Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities (Education Science)
  • Life Sciences and Related Industries

Plus, a qualification at SCQF level 6/7 in one of:

  • Applied Sciences
  • Laboratory Science
  • Bioscience
Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this Modern Apprenticeship.

Progression and development

After completing this Modern Apprenticeship, your employees will have the skills and knowledge they need for roles such as laboratory technician or professional technologist.

They could also progress to further qualifications and recognition, including:

  • HNC/HND in chemistry, science or a related discipline
  • Assessor and Verifier awards
  • Qualifications in business improvement techniques and supervisory management
  • Cogent Gold Standard qualifications
  • Membership of a professional institution at Technician level

SCQF qualification levels explained

Download the framework document

How is it funded?

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider directly in incremental payments throughout the course of the apprenticeship.

Use our Modern Apprenticeship Contribution Table to work out the funding level for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees who are aged 16 – 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet the needs of your business.

Who pays the apprentice?

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we do encourage all employees to pay the living wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

Time to complete

It will take between 12-24 months to complete.

Sound right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

Find a learning provider

Need a little more information or advice?

Call our employer engagement team to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships. 

0800 783 6000
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