Lab Training

Lab Apprentice – Dunboyne, Co. Meath

Be our 2022-2024 Apprentice 

Programme starting in late September 2022. 

 In partnership with Ibec and Technological University Dublin, we are seeking candidates for our Laboratory Apprenticeship Programme. This is a 2-year programme combining on the job learning and off the job learning in our education providers TU Dublin, Tallaght. 


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

A Laboratory Technician understands good manufacturing practice in the laboratory environment, carries out basic duties of a Laboratory Assistant, including: – testing of materials, sample collection and logging, ordering of chemicals, disposal of waste, calibration checks, archiving, etc. 

They also support the analysis and interpretation of test data and identify improvements and optimisations of products. They accurately and adequately explain scientific contexts relating to quality control. 

The Level 6 Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship supports the continuous learning and hands-on work experience undertaken by the apprentice with a three-day on-the-job (working) and two day off-the-job (academia) learning structure. 

At the end of the programme, the apprentice will have earned a Level 6 Higher Certificate in Science as a Laboratory Technician. 

Benefits for you:  

  • Get a national qualification while working 
  • Earn while you learn – get a contract and competitive salary 
  • Gain excellent industry experience, training, and mentoring 
  • Gain excellent career prospects 
  • Work in an award winning, friendly, and professional organisation. 

Entry requirements: 

The entry requirements for this course are a minimum of: 

  • 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 a FETAC Level 5 qualification in a related discipline 
  • Current employee with relevant experience and qualifications  

Before enrolment on the apprenticeship programme the apprentice must have: 

  • Company Interview and Assessment 
  • SOLAS apprentice approval 

(The above requirements will be facilitated by the company).  


Application Process and Timeframes:  

Application with CV & Cover letter to  

Please submit by Friday 22nd July 2022 

Interested applicants should ask themselves the following key questions before applying: 

  • Do I meet the minimum entry level requirements? 
  • Do I like Laboratory Science/Science enough to want a career in the area and sector outlined? 
  • Can I commit to a two-year contract of apprenticeship? Will I see it through? 
  • Do I have the self-motivation and time management skills to study and work at the same time? 
  • Can I be diligent and committed to all aspects of work, training, and education? 
  • Do I have the ability to communicate effectively both with customers and in a team? 
  • Can I take ownership and accountability for my own actions and responsibilities? 
  • Can I contribute €750 annually for two years (reduced student registration charge)? 
  • Can I commute to Dunboyne, Co. Meath for work and Dublin 24 (TU Dublin Tallaght) for classes each week? 

Course Description 

Level 6 Higher Certificate in Science – Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship 

The apprenticeships were developed by BiopharmaChem Ireland, an IBEC sector, along with a strong industry consortium and TU Dublin Tallaght as the lead provider. These laboratory apprenticeships are suitable for a diverse laboratory environment. 

 The Level 6 Higher Certificate Laboratory Apprenticeships is a “earn while you learn” programme that combine on the job industry training with academic study.  

 During this apprenticeship you will learn the skills, knowledge, and behaviours necessary for a successful career in an approved laboratory environment. You will also gain experience in Kilsaran, Ireland’s leading independent manufacturer of construction materials, as well as earning a salary and third level education. Kilsaran operates independently accredited laboratory testing facilities across a number of our sites to ensure that the highest standards of quality are adhered to within our quality control processes. 

Workplace Duties: 

Year 1 

Coinciding with Year 1 learning modules the first year of work experience should safely introduce the apprentice to a GMP Lab environment which would involve carrying out the basic duties of a Laboratory Assistant, such as sample collection, sample logging, the ordering of chemicals, physical testing, daily calibration checks, waste management, archiving etc. The Apprentice should ensure the laboratory is well maintained and resourced and be able to maintain good accurate written records of work completed. 


Year 2 

Coinciding with Year 2 learning modules, the second year of work experience should evolve to include supporting solution preparation, the daily calibration of equipment, raw material testing, basic testing such as strength determination of concrete cubes, bulk density, description etc. On completion the apprentice will have a broad education and are able to explain basic scientific contexts relating to quality control. During Year 2, the apprentice would be considered a Trainee Laboratory Technician. 


All applications to

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