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Where to look for and how to apply for work-based training such as an apprenticeship

Apprenticeships are very competitive and there are limited opportunities in science but the numbers of science-related apprenticeships are growing. Apprenticeships are available throughout the year and there is no fixed deadline, although science-related apprenticeships typically start in September. 

You either need to apply directly to a company such as AstraZeneca or Pfizer through their website, or via your local college, university or training provider who could help find an employer for you. You will need to apply as if it was a job by completing an application form and submitting your CV. 

Looking for an apprenticeship

Not all apprenticeships are advertised, so being proactive in your search and talking to local colleges, universities and companies about opportunities and what they offer is very important. You can contact the colleges listed below directly about the options that are available to you. No matter where you live, it is worth searching for local colleges and checking their website to see what they offer.

You can also search, register for alerts and apply for apprenticeships using the national services below which coordinate all apprenticeships. Setting up alerts on your local apprenticeship website is useful. It is also worth checking your local websites and newspapers.

Accredited providers

The Royal Society of Chemistry accredit vocational courses following a rigorous evaluation process that helps students and employers choose high quality vocational programmes and provides assurance that those programmes provide the knowledge and competencies required in a competitive marketplace. It encompasses the standards prescribed within the professional awards of Registered Scientist (RSci) and Registered Science Technician (RSciTech). These awards recognise the skills, knowledge and professionalism of working scientists. 

Course type and level Provider Contact info/website Accreditation period

Advanced Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship with BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science

CSR Scientific Training

September 2020 to 2025

Advanced Apprenticeship Laboratory Technician with Level 3 Certificate in Laboratory Technical Skills and Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities

TTE Technical Ltd.

November 2021 to 2026

Advanced Apprenticeship Laboratory Technician with level 4 Certificate in Higher Education, Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences

University Centre Leeds

May 2021 to 2026

Advanced Apprenticeship Laboratory Technician with Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Applied Science

West Suffolk College, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, UK

May 2020 to 2025

Advanced Apprenticeship Laboratory Technician with Level 4 Certificate in Higher Education, Chemistry

University of Greenwich

May 2022 to 2027

Higher Level Apprenticeship with Level 5 Foundation Degree in Applied Industrial Science; chemical science pathway and life sciences pathway

Southern Regional College

November 2022 to 2027

Higher Life Sciences and Related Science Industries Apprenticeship Framework with BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Applied Sciences (Chemistry) and NVQ Level 4 Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities

Gower College Swansea

May 2023 to May 2028

Research Scientist Degree Apprenticeship with the MSc Technical Leadership in Analytical Science for those who already have a BSc in Chemistry

Keele University

February 2024 to 2029

If you’re a learning provider, an employer or thinking about your own study options and want to find out more about accreditation, please contact

The Royal Society of Chemistry collaborates with the following list of English colleges who offer science-related apprenticeships:


Applying for an apprenticeship

You can generally search and apply for an apprenticeship on the same website. 

In your application you will need to show that you will be committed to your studies, be able to demonstrate your skills, attitude and behaviours in a professional workplace. You will also need to talk with enthusiasm about science, why you want to do an apprenticeship with that particular employer and what you feel you will get out of it.

There is a lot of information online available about how to make a good application, including this UK government publication. You can also speak to your teacher, careers adviser or training provider who will be able to provide you with advice about putting together your application.

You can also visit the National Careers Service (England), Careers Wales (Wales), Apprenticeships Scotland (or Apprenticeships in Scotland (Scotland) or NI Direct (Northern Ireland) for advice on how to create a CV and complete an application form. In the Republic of Ireland, you need to register your interest in applying via the laboratory apprenticeships website. 

You should create a different application for each company or training provider. Look closely at the apprenticeship description and demonstrate how you could successfully do the job using examples. 


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