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Life Sciences & Industrial Sciences Trailblazer releases new versions of work based learning guides

Following consultation with employers, the Life Sciences & Industrial Science Trailblazer has released new versions of the work based learning guides for science manufacturing technician (SMT) and laboratory technician apprenticeship Standards. The new versions include a new specialism for apprentices training to work in the Coatings industry.

In addition to the core competencies, which all apprentices must achieve, specialisms are specific to a work context and need to be achieved by anyone being trained for a job role in that work context. The following specialisms are included for science manufacturing technician:

  • SMT - Biotechnology
  • SMT - Pharmaceutical/Formulation
  • SMT - Process + 1st Line Maintenance
  • SMT - Chemical/Petrochemical
  • SMT - Polymers
  • SMT - Aseptic Pharmaceuticals
  • SMT – Coatings

 The following specialisms are included for laboratory technician 

  • Laboratory technician  – Life Sciences R&D
  • Laboratory Technician - Animal Science
  • Laboratory Technician – Coatings

Work-based learning guides describe the detailed competence sets that underpin each element of an apprenticeship standard. Based on national occupational standards, the work-based learning guide provides a detailed specification of the level of skills, knowledge and behaviours required to achieve occupational competence.

The work-based learning guide also describes specialisms, which have been mapped to the high-level competence statements in the standard.  Work-based learning guides should be used as the basis for an apprentice’s training plan as the end point assessment will cover the skills, knowledge and behaviours described in the guide.

John Falder, Managing Director HMG Paints Ltd said: “Coatings employers have come together to ensure that the work- based learning guides for these Trailblazer Standards set out the detailed work-based competence elements for our sector.  Employers rely on a well-trained, specialist team to produce high-quality coatings applications, as well as needing to ensure robust safety protocols. The updated guides will ensure these apprenticeship Standards are now ideal for use within the coatings sector.”

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