Ricardo: Laboratory Technician Apprentice

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Laboratory Technician Apprentice

Job Description

Salary range: £13,000 - £15,000 p.a. depending on experience.

Ricardo Energy & Environment is a leading sustainability consultancy combining energy, climate change, environmental and chemical risk expertise with strong IT and economics capability. Operating across the world, we work in partnership with our customers to help transform the way they work, empowering business leaders with award winning consultancy advice. With unrivalled sector insight and a reputation for producing innovative solutions, we offer a stimulating and rewarding environment in which to work.

The Air Quality Team within our Environment & Policy Practice employs over 130 consultants, scientists and engineers develop and apply state-of-the-art tools and techniques to deliver effective solutions to difficult air quality problems.  Our team includes knowledge leaders on air quality measurement, inventory development, modelling, exposure assessment, chemical modelling, public health impacts, information management and data visualisation. Our clients benefit from the full range of air quality services that result in solutions and strategies tailored to addressing challenges at local, city and national scales. We deliver hundreds of projects every year, to public and private sector clients in the UK and overseas, including flagship programmes such as the UK’s national air quality measurement network (AURN), the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory (NAEI) and the annual national scale air quality modelling assessment on behalf of UK Government.


With growing pressure on businesses and governments around the world to meet stringent standards and regulations, the ability to assess air quality is an essential requirement.  Ricardo Energy & Environment’s experts help industry and government comply with legislation, supporting organizations through our key services – such as monitoring and quantifying air quality in a wide variety of scenarios and equipment calibration (essential for demonstrating to regulatory authorities the validity of measurements). We have ambitious growth plans and are now seeking to strengthen our laboratory and technical support team at our Ludbridge Mill Laboratories.

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Role Purpose:

As a Laboratory Technician Apprentice – Level 3, you will learn the basic aspects of laboratory work through a combination of on-the-job training and more formal study. The formal training will take place with our apprenticeship provider https://www.csr-group.co.uk/. The programme itself will include a BTEC in Applied Science, will last 24 months (from September) and would be delivered as day release weekly, online (with 2 exam windows and 2 practical sessions per year when the learner will need to travel to CSR to undertake the required input).

This role is available for an immediate start to allow familiarization with the team and facilities before the formal training programme begins in September.

Key accountabilities:

Duties will include working alongside colleagues in our Ludbridge Mill Laboratories (South Oxon), providing support for off-site experimental work. You will be trained to follow documented procedures which ensure that measurements are made to a high standard and that data are accurately recorded and made available to project staff in a timely manner. Other technical duties will include the preparation and routine maintenance of equipment and ensuring that the laboratory, workshop and store areas are kept in good order for use by senior technicians, scientists and engineering staff. Client liaison will also be a key feature of the role. Some UK travel may be required when allowed under COVID regulations.


Key competencies and experience:

  • Education to A Level, ideally including a scientific subject 
  • Good numerical and computer literacy skills are essential;
  • Full, clean UK driving licence is an advantage
  • Good level of physical fitness
  • Although familiarity with laboratory equipment would be desirable, training will be provided in the operation of the apparatus and our procedures

Skills and behaviours:

  • Strong communication and team working skills
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Self-reliance and good problem solving skills
  • Awareness of site safety issues

What we offer

This is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with the opportunity to make a difference. What sets us apart is our People. You will work with an exceptional team of talented, dedicated and supportive individuals. You will have a fantastic opportunity to develop your career with us through our broad range of projects, mentoring opportunities and a personalised approach to your learning and development.

Our People are important to us and we take pride in our wellbeing programmes and policies that support individuals including flexible working, carers policy, mental health first aiders and readily available support through our extensive Employee Assistance programme.

Ricardo Energy & Environment has an ambitious diversity, equality and inclusion approach as explained in this message by our CEO.

Once you have submitted your application a member of our Recruitment Team will be in touch. Please be aware that the timing can vary dependent on the volume of applications that we receive for each role and in some cases, we may start to review applications prior to the closing date.


If you require any support with your application, please contact recruit.ee@ricardo.com.