Closed 2019 Technician Scientist Apprenticeship Programme (Hemel Hempstead, UK)

Smiths Group

27 Maylands Avenue, HP2 7DE, Hemel Hempstead, UK

About the role

Smiths Detection safeguards people, business and infrastructure with the latest innovations in screening technology. We are a leader in the detection and identification of security threats and contraband. With experience in airport security and advancing digital capabilities for monitoring ports and borders, Smiths Detection is helping make the world a safer place.

We are part of Smiths Group a global technology company listed on the London Stock Exchange and part of the FTSE100. We apply leading-edge technology to design, manufacture and deliver innovative solutions that meet our customers’ needs. Our products and services – often hidden from view – touch the lives of millions of people every day. We serve a wide range of end markets – from healthcare, energy and petrochemicals through to threat and contraband detection, telecommunications and equipment manufacture. 

The Programme:

The Smiths Detection Technician Scientist Apprenticeship provides the perfect opportunity to join a high performing scientific team, responsible for the development of new products involved in maintaining world class detection and screening technologies that protect people and critical infrastructure. You will be working with exciting technologies and developing the expertise to enable you to grow into a highly capable multi-skilled technician scientist whilst gaining a FdSci degree in Applied chemical Sciences. This apprenticeship standard is recognised by the Science Council at Registered Scientist (RSci) level.

You will be working as part of a team to provide technical support and input to technology projects covering specialist lab-based QC testing, planning and execution of experiments, analysis of data, formulation and presentation of conclusions and report writing. You will be required to ensure safe working conditions prevail at all times in the laboratories and support the maintenance of relevant laboratory facilities, instruments and materials.


The requirements are designed to be stretching and offer progression whilst providing exposure to all scientific activities within the business, including:

  • Undertake tasks as required in support scientific investigations and product development.
  • Ensuring that all work is performed within the requirements of the relevant statutory legislation.
  • Working in accordance with the health and safety culture to promote safe working practices at all times.
  • Support the maintenance of relevant laboratory facilities, instruments and materials
  • Work in accordance with local company policies and procedures.
  • Assisting in training and dissemination of information as required.


The apprenticeship programme will include:

  • Fully supported online study and summer schools with a nationally recognised institution
  • Regular visits and support to assist your apprenticeship studies from your support team
  • Tailored workplace learning
  • 5S and Lean Activities within the team.

About You:

  • You should possess a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) - grades A - C including Science, Maths and English
  • Applicants must have a total of 80 UCAS points including preferably a B in A-Level Chemistry or equivalent. Alternative experience and qualifications may be considered
  • Interested in becoming multi-skilled as a Technician Scientist
  • Ability to manage own time and work with a high degree of autonomy
  • Desire to learn how to investigate scientific challenges
  • Excellent communication skills (written & verbal)
  • An awareness of working to appropriate Health & Safety standards and regulations or willingness to learn and practice these
  • Team player with excellent collaboration skills
  • Able to prioritise in a complex, fast paced environment
  • Willingness to train and learn new skills
  • You must be at least 18 years old before September 2019
  • The position is subject to satisfactory background checks and/or National Security Vetting as applicable
  • You will need to demonstrate ambition through work or educational experience and be able to give examples of how you have managed your own learning.
  • You will need to relish a challenge and be prepared to seize the opportunities given to you.
  • Hard work is essential as is a determination to succeed and make the most of the hands-on experience and qualifications on offer to you.
  • You will show self-motivation by providing evidence of your own achievements and the achievements of teams you have been a part of.


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