Laboratory Assistant in the UK
Are you thinking of becoming a laboratory technician/assistant when you are finished at school? Would you consider working abroad in an English-speaking country after your training is completed? If so the interview below will give you an idea of what it is like to work as a laboratory assistant in England.
Before listening, use the dictionary to check that you know the meaning of the following words: hospital, sample, patient, extract, cell, slide, microscope, confusing, diagnosis, blood, tissue, mistake, science, probe, tumour, pre-natal, amniotic fluids
Listen to the following interview with a laboratory assistant in the UK and find out:
- Where she works. (type of company - large/small, etc)
- Where about in the UK she works.
- Why she chose this profession.
- What type of tasks she has to do on a typical day at work.
- What personal qualities she suggests are needed by a laboratory assistant.
- Does she describe any work processes or services that she provides?
- What she likes best and least about her job.
- How she thinks this line of work will change in the future.
- Where she sees herself in 5 - 10 years' time.
Apprenticeship and Training
- Find out about becoming a laboratory assistant in the UK. Make a table with 3 columns: What does the job involve, the salary and the qualifications and training required. Below, you will find some useful links. (Search for laboratory technician or laboratory assistant)
- Now compare a laboratory assistant's job and education in the UK with a laboratory assistant's job and education in Norway.
Now make a dialogue with a colleague in the laboratory where you include the following words/phrases:
microscope, slide, samples, polluted water, mistake, specimen, sterile, equipment, extract
- English subject curriculum
- listen to and understand social and geographic variations of English from authentic situations
- understand the main content and details of different types of oral texts about general and academic topics related to one’s education programme
- understand and use an extensive general vocabulary and an academic vocabulary related to one’s education programme