Finning launches new Laboratory Technician degree apprenticeship

To bolster its fluid analysis capabilities, which helps public transport 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.

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 public transport 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 public transport 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 public transport 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.

About Finning UK & Ireland

Finning UK & Ireland is part of Finning International – the world’s largest dealer of Cat® machines, engines, equipment and power solutions. Finning has a recognised track record in delivering solutions to a diverse range of industries including mining, quarrying, building and construction, marine, power generation, industrial OEM and oil and gas. 

Whether new or used equipment, high volume repeat orders or custom-built packages, the solutions Finning supplies have been tried, tested and proven in installations around the world. With a broad product support infrastructure and unmatched service capabilities, Finning delivers solutions that enable customers to achieve the lowest equipment owning and operating costs while maximising uptime.

Headquartered in Cannock, Staffordshire, Finning has a network of branches across the UK & Ireland with trained specialists on hand to provide the right solution for companies.

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