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In Summary

This is a three year, earn while you learn apprenticeship programme with an approved employer. It combines on the job training with academic study.

A Laboratory Analyst understands good manufacturing practice in the laboratory environment, carries out basic duties of a Laboratory Assistant, including: glassware maintenance, sample collection and logging, ordering of chemicals and consumables, disposal of waste, daily calibration checks, archiving, etc. Supports solution preparations, tests raw materials, carries out basic testing such as: pH measurement, titrations and bulk density.

A Laboratory Analyst can accurately and adequately explain scientific contexts relating to quality control, understands company quality systems and has been exposed to advanced laboratory testing techniques such as, water testing, chromatography and microbiological techniques.

The Level 7 Laboratory Analyst Apprenticeships supports the continuous learning and hands-on work experience undertaken by the apprentice with a three days on the job (working) and two days off the job (academia) learning structure.

At the end of the programme, the apprentice will have earned a Level 7 Ordinary Bachelor of Science Degree as a Laboratory Analyst.

Contact orla.reynolds@ibec.ie for details on how to apply and further information.   

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Entry Requirements

Before applying to this apprenticeship, please check that you meet all entry requirements. 

For entry into year 1 of Level 7 Programme applicants must have the following:

  • Pass (Grade O6 or better) in five leaving certificate subjects one of which must be maths and one science related subject,
  • 250 CAO points,

or

  • Successful Level 6 Laboratory Technician Apprentices,
  • Candidates with a Level 6 in a related discipline,
  • Current employee with relevant experience and qualifications,

Before enrolment on the apprenticeship programme the apprentice must have:

  • An Industry Interview,
  • SOLAS apprentice approval.



Training

In advance of completing an application for the Laboratory Analyst Apprenticeship it is important to understand the commitment you will need to provide to this programme.

You will follow a learning structure of 3 days on the job and 2 days off the job.

The training is run by the following college:

This list is up to date as of June 2019

Apprenticeship training takes place in various locations around the country. The list above is by no means exhaustive and training providers are subject to change. Please check with your local Education and Training Board (ETB) to get more information about specific training locations for this apprenticeship. To check your local ETB use this link and select your county.

Skills & Qualities

The Laboratory Analyst will be trained to possess the following skills:

  • Ability to operate company equipment and instruments effectively and according to standard operating procedures (SOPs). 
  • Ability to work in a safe manner within a laboratory and work setting. 
  • Ability to perform basic chemistry techniques including, but not limited to, the use of: Pipettes, Auto-Titrations, pH, Weighing, Diluting to volume, Volumetric calculations, Karl Fischer, Thin Layer Chromatography and Physical testing.
  • Ability to identify and note equipment (for sampling, testing and control) mal-operation if it occurs, and informing the Senior Analyst. 
  • Ability to work safely in the laboratory, maintaining excellent housekeeping whilst following appropriate safety, environment and risk management systems 
  • Demonstrate technical competence in the use of specified instrumentation and laboratory equipment, including calibration where required. 
  • Apply current good laboratory practices and maintain the integrity of all data that is generated. 
  • A thorough understanding of Quality Systems such as: Deviations, Change Controls etc. 

Soft Skills:

  • Communicate effectively using a full range of skills: speaking; listening; writing; body language; presentation
  • Ability to participate in company audits,
  • Technical writing – The ability to produce a GLP/GMP document or input effectively to, for example, a Deviation report. 
  • Work and interact effectively within a team 
  • Work independently and take responsibility for initiating and completing tasks
  • Understand impact of work on others, especially where related to diversity and equality 
  • Time management and ability to complete work to schedule 
  • Ability to handle change and respond to change management processes.

Core competencies and behaviours listed: 

  • Health, Safety and Environmental awareness 
  • Ability to share knowledge and expertise with others
  • Engage in teamwork
  • Complete integrity & compliance programs
  • Ability to work independently
  • Reading comprehension
  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Time management
  • Microsoft Office (Word/Excel)
  • Mathematics and statistics
  • Continuous professional development

Work Activities

A Laboratory Analyst will be expected to: 

  • Understand the fundamentals of Science
  • Understand the principles of cGMP and GDP
  • Understand the quality systems that are in place and their importance.
  • Ability to work safely in the laboratory, maintaining excellent housekeeping whilst following appropriate safety, environment and risk management systems;
  • Understanding of the basic chemistry and microbiological techniques
  • Knowledge of pharmacopeias
  • Understand safe laboratory and work practices and methods
  • Knowledge of methods of receiving and logging samples into a QC laboratory.
  • Knowledge of the variety of methods involved in water testing, raw material, in-process, finished product.
  • Understand the importance of data integrity, recording results in a timely and accurate fashion.
  • Understand the correct labelling of laboratory reagents and samples.
  • Knowledge of “out of specification” investigations and “Lab Investigations Reports” processes.
  • Knowledge of the purchase systems of QC consumables and liaising with approved suppliers.
  • Understanding the various steps in the production process – upstream and downstream
  • Knowledge of calibrating laboratory equipment as required. Knowledge of reporting processes and current deficiencies in GLP/GMP.

Career Progression

With the support of leading professionals and companies the apprentice will learn the skills, knowledge and behaviours necessary for a successful career in a laboratory environment, while earning a salary, they will also have the opportunity to study in a leading institute of technology to gain a nationally recognised qualification.

Completing the Level 7 programme will allow graduates to continue to Level 8 programmes.

Getting an Apprenticeship

In order to secure an apprenticeship, you must first secure a contract with an employer. You must apply directly to an employer rather than the training provider. Once you have found an employer to take you on as an apprentice, your employer must then register you as an apprentice with SOLAS.

  • The employer must be approved to train apprentices.
  • The employer must register you as an apprentice within two weeks of recruitment.

Apprentices will be recruited and begin study every January and September and will spend 3 days within industry and 2 days in academia.

Contact orla.reynolds@ibec.ie for details on how to apply and further information.                        

Finding Vacancies

Finding an employer or registering your interest with an official Coordinating Provider is one of the first things you need to do to start an apprenticeship.

Opportunities for this apprenticeship may be available from the following organisations:

Online Jobsites

Here are some direct links to employment websites that frequently list apprenticeship vacancies.
Note: These websites may include vacancies that are not QQI accredited Apprenticeships.

Current Apprentice Laboratory Analyst Jobs (Where Available)

Apprenticeship Courses

Search for Apprenticeship Laboratory Analyst courses.

Pay & Fees

An annual apprentice registration fee of €1,500 applies. For this Laboratory Analyst apprenticeship, the employer pays the apprentice for the duration of the apprenticeship. The rate of pay is agreed between the employer and the apprentice.

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