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 Technical Handbook document below)
  • Competitors must not have more than two years’ (at time of registration) industry experience post certification

How it works

Our competitions are open to all so please register between 28 February – 1 April 2022

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 2022 for the WorldSkills Lyon 2024 cycle

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