Laboratory Technicians work in a wide range of organisations including industry, academia and educational establishments. These businesses may be in the chemical, biomedical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology or other scientific sectors. Laboratory Technicians provide a range of critical services, including but not exclusively, analytical and synthetic science services and technical support. They are expected to work within a laboratory team but also individually, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work undertaken. Quality, safety, and ethical standards are paramount, as the sectors in which laboratory technicians work are often highly regulated.

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.
  • Competitors should be familiar with most of the core competences listed but must not have more than two years’ (at time of registration) industry experience post certification. Competitors should be aged 16 or over to take part in this competition. Reasonable adjustments and support can be provided for any additional needs a competitor might have. These need to be declared at registration.
  • Competitors who do not fall in any of the categories above or are unsure about their eligibility may contact the competition organising partner for clarification, prior to registering.
  • There is no limit on competitor registrations per organisation. Spaces at national qualifiers are limited and competitors will be selected and allocated to a qualifier after the entry stage has been submitted and marked. Location preferences made on the registration form will be considered.

The skill set needed to meet the entry requirements are usually met by currently (at time of registration) studying:

  • Apprenticeship Level 3 or 4.
  • HNC
  • HW QF for England and Wales
  • Foundation Degree L3 or L4 (or SQF L7)
  • First year in a BSc in Chemical or Biological Sciences

How it works

Our competitions are open to all so please register between 27 February – 24 March 2023

The first stage of competition is a remote or online test (where applicable)

Competitors take part in competitions in venues across the UK or online

Scores are quality assured and Finalists are announced

Competitors prepare and practise in readiness for the National Finals

The Finalists come together to compete in the National Finals

Competitors who are age eligible and have achieved the benchmark score will be invited to opt into Squad UK during December 2024 for the WorldSkills 2026 Cycle, subject to the skill progressing to the international competition cycle.

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