To bolster its fluid analysis capabilities, which helps engineering businesses all over the UK avoid downtime from machine breakdowns, Finning UK & Ireland has opened applications for its brand-new Laboratory Technician degree apprenticeship scheme. The role will be based at Finning’s laboratory in Leeds; interested applicants can apply on the website here.
While Finning has offered engineering apprentice schemes for years, it has diversified by introducing the non-engineering role of Laboratory Technician Apprentice. The three-year programme will provide an opportunity for school leavers to complete a fully funded level 5 foundation degree from Leeds Metropolitan College, graduating with no student debt.
Laboratory Technician degree apprentices will be paid a living wage and gain engineering industry knowledge and experience alongside their academic studies, to help them with their future careers. The apprenticeship focuses on developing a broad set of skills by assisting full-time Laboratory Technicians, carrying out testing, performing calibrations and routine instrument maintenance.
“Fluid analysis is not a well-known career path in engineering industries and this is something we want to change,” commented Marsha Myles, Apprenticeship Programme Manager at Finning UK & Ireland. “Behind the scenes laboratory work is vital in the engineering industry, because it tells us and our customers about faults with equipment that we can use to prevent costly, unexpected breakdowns.
“Finning is an equal-opportunities employer and we would love to receive applications from underrepresented groups in STEM,” continued Myles. “We have been reaching out to local schools to help promote STEM apprenticeships as potential career options. Laboratory Technician is an important and rewarding career choice and we are proud to have created this exciting opportunity for young people.”
If you or someone close to you might enjoy a career in fluid analysis, apply for the Laboratory Technician Degree Apprenticeship programme before the closing date at the end of March here.