Apprentice Laboratory Technician – ALS ENVIRONMENTAL LIMITED

An exciting opportunity has arisen within our Wakefield laboratory where we are looking to appoint enthusiastic and dedicated individuals with a passion for science. As part of the ALS team you will be involved in a wide range of analytical areas, including the testing of drinking and waste water for various customers including utility customers.

Reference number: VAC1000053030


Wage – £14,045.20 per annum
Duration – 29 Months
Start date – 05 September 2022
Posted – 13/06/2022

Working Week:

Days and shifts to be confirmed but will consist of 4 days at the workplace (flexibility is necessary due to some departments operating shifts) and 1 day at college in the academic terms. Total hours per week: 37.

Apprenticeship level




What will the apprentice be doing?

The apprenticeship position in year 1 will include placements in several departments at the Wakefield site to include both Microbiology and Chemistry analysis. Year 2 will see the apprentice placed in a single department to consolidate their skills and knowledge in preparation for the end point assessment.

As an apprentice analyst you will:

  • Be trained in various analytical techniques including instrumentation
  • Be expected to manage your apprenticeship studies alongside your work commitments with support from the ALS apprentice management team and Kirklees College
  • Adhere to Health & Safety practices
  • Maintain a safe and tidy work environment

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Level 3 Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship Standard, which includes a Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Applied Science and maths and English Functional Skills if required.

As an apprentice laboratory technician, you will attend Kirklees College in Huddersfield one day a week and spend the rest of the week at ALS.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

After successful completion of the apprenticeship, there would be an opportunity to take on the role of Laboratory Analyst at ALS.

Things to consider

Will be working with chemicals and waste waters.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Ability to work under pressure, Aptitude for learning, Ability to change priorities.


GCSE or equivalent science, maths and English (Grade 5(B) or above) essential.

About the employer


ALS Environmental Ltd Janes Hill, Off Albert Drive Silkwood Park, Wakefield WF5 9TG
ALS Environmental is one of the UK’s leading providers of testing and analytical services to a wide variety of customers enabling them to meet their environmental regulatory requirements. We offer an extensive range of UKAS, MCERTS and DWTS accredited analytical services for Water, Land and Waste monitoring.

Closing date: 05 July 2022