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Technician Scientist Apprenticeship Standard approved for delivery

The Apprenticeship Standard for a Technician Scientist, level 5, is now approved for delivery by the Institute of Apprenticeships (IfA). SIAS is on the ESFA register and can offer end-point assessment for this new standard.

This Standard replaces Laboratory Scientist Level 5 (ST 0247).

SIAS will continue to offer end-point assessment for all apprentices on Laboratory Scientist Level 5 (ST0247) enrolled as new starts this academic year with ESFA. Providers should note that the ESFA will close Laboratory Scientist Level 5 (ST0247) to new starts in October.

Technician Scientist Occupational Profile

A Technician Scientist carries out established laboratory based investigations and basic scientific experimentation using bench and instrumentation techniques.

They use a range of routine skills and some advanced and specialised skills following well established principles associated with their organisation’s science and technology, which may typically be within chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products or analytical services.

They carry out routine lines of enquiry, development or investigation taking responsibility for the quality of the work they undertake. They work safely and ethically often under highly regulated conditions because of the need to control quality and safety of scientific products.  They critically evaluate appropriateness of commonly used approaches to solving routine problems, using a range of approaches to formulate evidence-based responses to defined and routine problems and issues within their area of work.

They also contribute to solutions to problems within the wider scientific team, using appropriate project management procedures. They perform record keeping and checks and use data capture systems relevant to the technical and scientific procedures that they use. They analyse relevant scientific information, interpret and evaluate data, prepare results and provide progress updates of their work. They manage resources within a clearly defined area.

Typical job titles include; Analytical Support Chemist, Technical Support Scientist, Microbiology Support Scientist, Process Development Technologist, Laboratory Assistant, Senior Laboratory Technician, Assistant Scientist, Technical Specialist  (Scientist), Quality Control Laboratory Assistant, Laboratory Co-ordinator, Technical Laboratory Assistant, Laboratory Analyst, Laboratory Research Assistant

Typically candidates will have grade C or above in at least five GCSE’s, including English, maths and a science subject and hold relevant level 3 qualifications providing the appropriate number of UCAS points for entry to a level 5 HE programme. Other relevant or prior experience may also be considered as an alternative.

Download full standard and assessment plan here