Ricardo: Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship

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Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship

  • Role type
  • Apprenticeship

  • Location/s
  • Wantage, Oxfordshire

  • Closing Date
  • 23/06/2022

Job Description


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Role: Laboratory Technicain Apprenticeship

Location: Wantage, Ludbridge Mill Laboratories. 

Salary range: £15'000-£17'000

Role ID: 2022-1514


Our vision is to create a safe and sustainable world

Ricardo plc is a world-class environmental, engineering and strategic consulting company listed on the London Stock Exchange. With over 100 years of engineering excellence, we provide exceptional levels of expertise in delivering leading edge and innovative cross sector sustainable products and solutions, helping our global customers increase efficiencies, achieve growth and create a cleaner and safer future.


Our Energy and Environment business unit combines energy, climate change, environmental and chemical risk expertise with strong IT and economics capability.


We are currently looking for an Laboratory Technician Apprentice to join our Air Quality Team team.


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.


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 from July/August 2022 to allow familiarization with the team and facilities before the formal training programme begins in September.


Key Responsibilities:

Duties will include working alongside colleagues in our Ludbridge Mill Laboratories, 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. Liaison with subcontractors and volunteers will also be a key feature of the role. Some UK travel may be occasionally required.


Key competencies and experience:

  • Education ideally to A Level or equivalent, preferably 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 laboratory and site safety

Working here


Ricardo is an exciting and rewarding place to work and you have the opportunity to make a difference. You will work with teams of talented, dedicated, and supportive individuals. Alongside having 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. We are always keen to hear from people who have driven, ambition and a flair for innovative thinking.


Wellbeing and work life balance


We offer flexible approaches to work, whether that's working from home, being in the office, or as a hybrid worker. We're happy to discuss flexible working arrangements. Wellbeing is at the core to our culture, allowing employees to flourish and to achieve their full potential. 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.


Diversity, Equality and Inclusion statement


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person's potential, and we'll help you reach yours. We have an ambitious diversity, equality, and inclusion approach as explained here. We value diversity; recognising that a more diverse workforce creates a richer and more varied working environment. Diversity also drives innovation, by allowing us to offer our clients the best consultancy service that we can. As part of our commitment to engage positively and pro-actively with all our employees and ensure an inclusive culture, we are a recognised as a 'disability confident' employer.




Our core benefits include 25 days' annual leave, plus 8 flexible bank holidays, a competitive company pension scheme, life assurance and professional subscriptions reimbursement. We also offer a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.


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.