Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship at Covance

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About Covance

We are a world-leading life sciences company offering laboratory testing and development services to the pharmaceutical industry across the globe, dedicated to delivering solutions that make a real difference to millions worldwide.

At Covance, we help make the miracles of medicine a reality. We offer opportunities to work on diverse, challenging projects with bright, interesting colleagues while building a flexible and rewarding career. We put our trust in science and in one another. We believe that supportive teams, passionate people and inspired thinking are the formula for Better Science. This is your chance to become part of a team that helps to bring miracle of medicine to market sooner.

“Every day is another chance to help save the lives of millions of people around the world. When you join our team, you get to be a part of that.”

Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship

As an apprentice laboratory technician within Covance, you will play an integral role in supporting all aspects of laboratory and study support functions for our testing and development work. Following a comprehensive induction process and carefully-tailored training programme, you will acquire a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of clinical trials and bringing miracles of medicine to market.

This is an introductory role that would suit someone looking for their first step in a career within the science industry. We have roles available across 8 different departments. For more information about the department please see below.

You will learn the following:

  • Routine and one-off laboratory testing and how to perform a variety of technical laboratory techniques;
  • Work both individually and as part of the laboratory team;
  • Work with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work that is undertaken;
  • Work safely in the laboratory, maintaining excellent housekeeping whilst following appropriate safety, environment and risk management systems;
  • Ensure the laboratory is well-stocked and resourced and be able to maintain good accurate written records of work carried out;
  • Follow quality procedures to meet the requirements of quality standards relevant to the workplace;
  • Develop and apply your theoretical knowledge of relevant science and technology;
  • Tissue recognition, cutting, staining and microscopy; and its associated data management;
  • Preparation and recording a wide variety of formulations for Toxicology studies

What you’ll receive:

You’ll undertake an advanced apprenticeship in Laboratory Technician over the course of 24 months

  • You will study for a HNC,
  • An IOSH certificate,
  • A chance to Act as an Ambassador across Yorkshire for Science roles,
  • A salary of £13,500 in your first year rising to £15,056 in your second year based on performance,
  • A generous benefits and holiday package
  • Progression opportunities and a chance to work on ground breaking trials

Minimum Criterial:

  • An A-level in Biology or Chemistry preferred but not essential, or relevant work experience or a level 3 science based qualification,
  • A passion for science,
  • A willingness to learn,
  • Able to work independently as well as part of a team,
  • Great attention to detail, Good communication skills

Departments recruiting apprentices:

  • Genetic Toxicology - conducts experiments to determine if compounds/test articles cause damage to genetic material (DNA) Tests are designed to predict the potential to induce mutation or cancer.
  • Dose Formulations - formulating test article into a range of different concentrations for use on toxicology studies
  • Histology - working with tissue samples to generate slides for microscopic evaluation. A comprehensive range of skills are required which include tissue recognition, tissue trimming, decalcification, processing, embedding, microtomy, staining and collation (quality control).
  • Necropsy - providing tissue samples from a range of animal species to help establish the toxicity of compounds being tested.
  • Sample Management - It is lab based work; sample receipt and dispatch of different varieties for clinical studies.
  • Animal House Operations - conducts in vivo studies to ensure the safety assessment of potential new drugs before allowing safe use in humans
  • Clinical Pathology Services - provides routine and non-routine Clinical Pathology testing to internal and external customers. Biological samples from a variety of species are routinely processed.
  • Metabolism – to investigate the fate and behaviour of radiolabelled and non-radiolabelled test compounds in in vivo and in vitro systems.
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