Vintec Laboratories, Watford – Laboratory Technician (Level 3)

Your next step towards your dream career…



What? Level 3 Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship
Where? Vintec Lab, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD25 9XX
When? Monday-Friday, 30 hours pw (overtime available once qualified)
How much? £5 ph for first year. After which will increase to (per hour):

18-20 – £6.56

21-22 – £8.36

23+ – £8.91

How long? Fixed period of 21 months with the opportunity to stay on with Vintec permanently with a salary review.
Other company benefits? 22 days holiday, excluding bank holidays, workplace pension


Working for Vintec Laboratories


Vintec is one of the UK’s leading Asbestos testing and surveying firms. With over 35 years’ experience in asbestos compliance solutions, Vintec are dedicated to protecting people from asbestos exposure. With high profile clients such as the National Trust and Kier, Vintec ensure that domestic, commercial and industrial environments are safe from the dangers of asbestos.

Asbestos was commonly used throughout the 21st century as a building material. It was banned from use in the UK in 1999 after it was discovered to cause serious health conditions. Despite this, around 5,000 people are thought to die each year from diseases related to asbestos exposure.

In this role, you’ll be a key player in ensuring the safety of those working and living in environments that could be at risk from asbestos exposure, through testing samples. Sound interesting? Vintec is looking for someone like you to join their team in Watford, Hertfordshire



“I love working in the lab, knowing that the results I provide will have positive real-world consequences – keeping others safe from asbestos.”
– Asbestos Laboratory Analyst, Vintec Laboratories





What it’s like being an asbestos laboratory analyst


Based at their Watford office, no two days are the same as a Vintec asbestos laboratory analyst. You’ll spend time testing samples in Vintec’s in-house lab and working as part of a close-knit, small, and friendly team. You’ll be supported and guided, learning on the job, by a team of experienced analysts to gain official qualifications that’ll boost your career.

As an asbestos laboratory analyst apprentice for Vintec, you’ll be training for your British Occupational Hygiene Society P401 qualification – Identification of Asbestos in Bulk Samples, alongside your lab technician apprenticeship. This will provide you with the skills to successfully identify materials, as well as gaining on-the-job laboratory experience. You’ll be working to ensure your clients environment is free from the dangers of asbestos and compliant with UK health and safety regulations.


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 35 hours of working time towards a Level 3 Laboratory Technician apprenticeship and P401 qualification. You’ll be trained by an expert tutor from Tiro as well as an experienced mentor at Vintec, 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 a salary while you gain your qualifications.

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 Vintec’s ultimate goal is to transform you into a fully competent technician, ideally open to accepting a full-time, permanent position within the Vintec team.





“Having a supportive employer was brilliant, because they really saw my potential and developed me as an asset for the future. I was treated the same as any other technician.”


– Dan, Materials Technician Apprentice.

Hear more from Dan about what it’s like to be a materials testing apprentice >








  • To perform this role, we cannot accept anyone who is colourblind
  • Must be 18 + for insurance purposes


  • The ability to show an interest in construction, science, 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)


  • Computer literate (Microsoft Office)


  • Accurate and meticulous person
  • Proactive in identifying problems and defects
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Comfortable working on your feet
  • An excellent working ethic is essential, as you’ll be expected to control your workload yourself



How to apply


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You’ll need to let us know some information about you and attach your CV if you have one. It should only take around 5 minutes.