Imerys, Cornwall – Laboratory Technician (Level 3)

Your next step towards your dream career…


When? Monday – Friday 0800 to 1600hrs, 37.5 per week 

Where? Par, Cornwall

For how long? 21 months

How much? You’ll earn £10,500 a year, plus you will receive all the training and support you need to become a qualified Level 3 Materials Technician. You will receive six monthly pay increases (subject to satisfactory performance).  It is envisaged that the salary at the end of the Apprenticeship (24 months) would be approximately £21,000   

You’ll join Imerys as an apprentice Laboratory Technician for a fixed period of 21 months.  

You’ll also devote about 20% of your time to working towards a Level 3 Laboratory Technician apprenticeship. You’ll be trained by an expert tutor from Tiro, who will make sure you develop the knowledge, skills, and work habits you’ll need to succeed in your apprenticeship.


More details:

The successful applicant will support the Quality Analysis Supervisor with:


  • The testing, analysis and interpretation of findings for the UK Hub and other business areas’ internal and external complaints and enquiries including;  compiling  accurate and precise reports with recommendations, where required, for corrective action
  • Providing a specialised sampling and testing service for the UK Hub, specific management system requirements and any other business areas, assisting also other Imerys laboratory teams in the analysis and identification of contaminants found in screened samples.
  • The maintenance and organisation of the annual sample storage facility. To include; reference samples retained in respect of annual samples, ensuring they are stored appropriately and that any analysis required are carried out and reported in a timely manner
  • Advise Product Quality Team, QC testing team and/or Operational teams of test results anomalies
  • Provide a service to Operations, in accordance with ISO9001 procedures and schedules, for the inspection of local clay storage facilities including the detailed reporting of non conformities
  • Carry out quality checks on customer trials, new development products, externally sourced clays used by Imerys and report results
  • Maintain a safe working environment by following Imerys’ Environmental and Health and Safety procedures, and ensure a thorough understanding and execution of the safe working practices detailed in site specific risk and COSHH Assessments
  • Follow Imeys’ protocols related to 5S within all working areas and actively use the Take 5 process
  • Provide cover and support to the Sample Despatch Section
  • Assist and support the Quality Control laboratory by gaining competency and carrying out various Imerys approved test methods

Who we’re looking for:


  • Be able to work methodically and in a clean and organised manner
  • Be able to work both as part of a team and when required independently, and to demanding and changing priorities
  • Be able to work to Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality ISO9001:2015 procedures
  • Be flexible, punctual, reliable and takes responsibility for their own actions
  • Show respect for others, having regard for Diversity and Equality
  • Respond positively to change in a working environment
  • Be able to integrate within the team and support others
  • Have excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate in all directions
  • Be able to listen to others people’s opinions
  • Be able to follow instructions and guidance and demonstrate attention to detail
  • Seek opportunities to develop and adapt to different situations, environments and technologies



  • Have 5 GCSEs Grade C/4 and above to include English, Maths and Science
  • Full UK driving license (due to travelling to different sites within the role)

What next?

Realistic prospects of permanent role and advancement in a global company with mature and well-developed career pathways.