Laboratory Technicians work in a wide range of organisations including but not exclusively analytical science services; chemical, biomedical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and other industries and laboratories in educational institutions. They are expected to work within a laboratory team but also individually, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the undertaken work. Safety and ethical standards are paramount, and the quality and safety of products and analytical results is often highly regulated. A laboratory technician might carry out both routine and one-off analysis and provide a variety of technical support across the organisation.


The skills you need to demonstrate

  • Critical thinking

  • Problem solving

  • Adaptable (Independent and team working)

  • Attention to detail

  • Health and Safety

  • Meticulous

  • Team working

  • Time management

Entry criteria

  • This is an individual competition
  • There is no limit to the number of entries per organisation
  • Competitors should be familiar with the majority of the core competencies (these can be found in
    the Competition Overview document below)
  • Competitors must not have more than two years’ (at time of registration) industry experience post certification

How it works

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Learners who get through the passive stage (where they will be expected to prepare a submission for entry or participate in an online assessment), will be invited to take part in national qualifiers which take place across the UK between April and June. All competitors receive certification for their achievements at the qualifiers

The highest performers from the national qualifiers are invited to compete in the UK National Finals in November at WorldSkills UK LIVE, the UK’s largest skills, apprenticeship and careers event

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Register your interest

In light of the ongoing uncertainty relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be running the WorldSkills UK national competition cycle in 2020. We expect to resume competitions in 2021 and urge you to register your interest now so we can keep you advised of developments.

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