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Lifescan 4-year Apprenticeships - 4 x Engineering & 2 x Quality

6 March 2023

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Engineering Apprentice / Quality Apprentice
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Location: Inverness

  • Looking to join a world-leading organisation?
  • Wanting to “earn while you learn?”

A little bit about Lifescan

Join us at LifeScan, maker of the iconic OneTouch® brand diabetes products to bring to life our mission to deliver personalized health & wellness experiences that engage people to live their best lives.

At LifeScan we believe our talented and passionate team is what makes us special. We inspire excellence and teamwork through our Shared Values of Care, Create, Connect and Compete.

LifeScan is headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania and has a 31,600 square metre state-of-the-art manufacturing and distribution facility in Inverness, Scotland. With more than 2,000 employees LifeScan serves more than 90 countries.

Our Apprenticeship programmes

Our apprenticeship programmes are a fantastic opportunity to study and gain valuable, practical knowledge & skills, while being paid a starting salary of £17,000.

We’re looking for bright individuals who want to push themselves to help us deliver our products for Lifescan.

To give you a flavour of what it’s like to be on our Apprenticeship Programme, hear from Sam and Calum, who are the programme just now:

Sam – 3rd year Quality Apprentice

’Every day is different being a Quality Apprentice. I have achieved recognised qualifications while gaining invaluable on-the-job experience with the full support and encouragement of everyone here at LifeScan. This is a great opportunity that you should apply for.’’

Calum – 4th year Engineering Apprentice

“I’m currently in the final year of my Engineering Apprenticeship. It has been a fantastic experience through the programme so far. It’s providing me with the knowledge and skills to start my career in engineering. On the apprenticeship programme, I can study the theory as well as gain experience with the equipment and machines we have on site. This is a great way to develop as I can apply the theory and knowledge learned in the classroom to practical situations in Lifescan. The whole engineering team are always keen to help the apprentices and share knowledge. I would highly recommend the Lifescan apprenticeship to anyone that would like a great start to an engineering career.”

The apprenticeships we’re offering

Quality Engineering

A career in quality is making the organisation and its products and processes better. Quality professionals work in a variety of quality functions and this is why the apprentice programme provides invaluable experience as apprentices rotate across quality business functions.

The quality team ensures compliance to Medical Device Regulations and drives improvement throughout the business from design & development, manufacture, complaint handling, supplier management, laboratory testing, statistics/data analytics and product distribution.

Quality engineering is a discipline of engineering. It is to ensure the practice and principles of product and service quality assurance and controls, to ensure complete traceability of product through manufacturing and in the field.

A quality engineer (QE) oversees an organisation's manufacturing and engineering processes by governing the proper use of tools, materials and procedures. We ensure adherence to worldwide medical device manufacturing regulations and standards.

The Quality Engineering apprenticeship programme is a 4-year Modern Apprenticeship.

We are specifically looking for Quality Engineering Apprentices to specialise in Software Quality Engineering and Data Analytics. You’ll find more information about these apprenticeships below.

Software Quality Engineering

A career in software quality is supporting validation activities and processes that manage Computer Systems/Software/Process/Equipment that ensures our products and processes are safe and reliable. You’ll get exposure to new and state-of-the-art technologies and software systems.

You’ll be working on projects with a variety of multi-disciplinary engineering and IT teams, covering every phase of the product development and validation life-cycle. You’ll have exposure to in-house and cloud-based infrastructure software, applications, and manufacturing systems.

Quality Engineering Statistics and Data Analytics

In this team you will work with new product and manufacturing operations teams to support data analysis to help improve current processes and create new ones. As part of this apprenticeship you’ll be studying towards the completion of the following academic qualifications while supporting the activities and processes in the wider customer quality department:

  • SQA Diploma in Data Analytics at SCQF8
  • Two career Skills at SCQF7 in Customer Service and Professional Development
  • Enhanced Unit – Statistics for business SCQFL8

Equipment Maintenance Engineering

Our Award-Winning Engineering apprenticeship programme is a 4-year Modern Apprenticeship. It was introduced by the company in 2007. It was first accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers in 2016 and reaccredited in 2020.

As an engineering apprentice you’ll work on a variety of state-of-the-art machinery, including robotics, vision systems, advanced PLC automation and control systems, as well as the more traditional Mechanical, Pneumatic, and Electrical disciplines.

What you’ll get from the apprenticeships

As well as on the job training and personal development, this 4-year apprentice-training programme will result in the attainment of the following qualifications:

Quality Engineering

SVQ level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations and an HNC in Business, together with a SVQ3 in Business Improvement Techniques. (Software Quality Engineering would swap in HNC in Computing for HNC Business, where UHI allows).


A minimum of an HNC in Engineering Systems, and an SVQ level 3 in Multi Skilled Engineering.

The opportunity to get further academic qualifications up to Degree Level is available to individuals on completion of the modern apprenticeship.

Where do I study?

You’ll study for your qualifications at UHI Inverness, which is based at Inverness Campus. (For the QE roles, this may be done virtually with other Scottish Modern Apprenticeship approved partners).

Job Requirements

What we need from you

To gain this amazing opportunity to study while earning, then we’ll need you to be committed to working hard and pushing yourself to learn and grow. Ideally, we’re looking for candidates who have attained or are working towards the following:

Quality roles: Higher English, plus preferably one other Higher, ideally in a STEM subject.

Engineering roles: Higher Maths, plus another Higher STEM related subject, preferably Physics or Engineering

Together with:

  • Good communication and team working skills
  • A basic understanding of Engineering or Quality principles
  • The willingness to learn
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • A desire to make a difference, and continuously improve within a state-of-the-art manufacturing and distribution facility

If you want to be seen for the talent you bring to your work, be the driver of your own career, and work with others who share your passion for caring and success then this would be a fantastic role for you!

How to apply

for further information and to apply visit:

Career Site - Self Service (adp.com) 

How to apply

We’d like you to upload a CV to our recruitment site, where you’ll find our vacancy. (https://www.lifescan.com/careers), along with a short statement (no more than 250 words) telling us a bit more about you, your interests, your enthusiasm for STEM, and what you can bring to Lifescan.

When will I hear about my application?

The closing date for applications is Sunday 30 April 2023.

We’ll review applications in early May, and if successful, you’ll be invited along to one of our Assessment Centres weeks commencing Monday 15 May 2023 & Monday 29 May 2023.