White Rose Laboratory Services, West Yorkshire - Materials Testing Apprentice (Level 3)

White Rose Laboratory Services

West Yorkshire

Working for White Rose Laboratory Services
White Rose Laboratory Services Ltd is a small independent testing laboratory formed in 2014. UKAS-accredited, they offer high-quality testing services to clients as well as establishing good relationships with many subcontract laboratories, to provide a comprehensive construction testing and sampling service.

In this role, you’ll be a key player in in ensuring the quality of soils, aggregates, and concrete meet the clients’ contractual obligations. These materials must be tested so that the engineers can have confidence that the finished project will work as the project designers intended.

With that in mind White Rose Laboratory Services are looking for anyone who has a keen interest in science and isn’t afraid to get stuck in to guarantee the quality of materials being used on sites at their materials testing laboratory, located on the A655 (Lumley Street) in the Hightown area of Castleford.
What it's like being a Level 3 Laboratory Technician

As a material testing technician apprentice, you’ll be training for your Level 3 Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship. Your goal will be to learn how to test construction materials, including concrete, aggregates, and soil samples in the laboratory, according to the standard testing procedures. You will perform the test, calculate results, and turn in your work for checking and reporting. There is a physical nature to some of the work carried out such as some heavy lifting of sample bags is required from time to time so you will be required to able lift weights up to 20kg’s at a time.

Over the course of the apprenticeship, you will learn the skills required to test these materials and develop an understanding and knowledge of several different types of tests on concrete, soils, and aggregates in the laboratory. Specific duties would include:

• Shadowing experienced technicians

• Carry out testing in the laboratory to assess compliance with the relevant British, European, or site-specific specification

• Maintain high standards of work and compliance with UKAS accreditation requirements

• Comply with quality system for materials testing laboratory, developing an understanding of materials reporting

• Produce factual reports that inform the project teams and managers within agreed deadlines

• Proactively communicate within the team to ensure effective performance

• Comply with laboratory and site safety procedures

Working as part of a close-knit team, you won’t be alone. You’ll be supported and guided, learning on the job, by a team of experienced materials technicians to gain official qualifications that’ll boost your career.



• Passion for science, and/or laboratory testing.


• Ideally English, Maths and Science GCSE A-C grade or equivalent (however lower grades will be considered, so don’t be put off)

Skills and characteristics

• Good IT skills - Knowledge of Microsoft Office packages e.g. Excel.
• Good attention to detail
• Committed to self-development
• A strong team player
• Responsible
• Proactive response

So how does the apprenticeship work?

At Tiro we’re obsessed with changing lives through science and technology apprenticeships so we can’t wait to have you on board.

Over 21 months, you’ll devote 20% of your 40 hours of working time towards a Level 3 Laboratory Technician apprenticeship. You’ll be trained by an expert tutor from Tiro as well as an experienced mentor at White Rose Laboratory Services, who together, will make sure you develop the knowledge, skills, and work habits you’ll need to succeed in your career. The best part? You’ll be earning £14,000 a year while you learn.

Being an apprentice is hands-on, so you’ll get the chance to learn things you might otherwise not have experienced in a university or college environment.

Tiro and White Rose Laboratory Services’ goal is to transform you into a fully competent technician, ideally open to accepting a full-time, permanent position within the team.

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Role overview

Wage: £14,000 per year

Hours per week: 40

Length: 21 months

Required: Passion for science, and/or laboratory testing