St Edward's Rc Ce Va School

Apprentice Laboratory Technician


St Edward's Rc Ce Va School

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Weekly wage £259.20
37.0 hours per week Monday to Friday Times TBC
duration: 22 months
start: 4 November 2019
Advanced(level 3)
Laboratory technician (apprenticeship standard)
21 October 2019 (application closing date)
To organise, deliver and develop technical services to the Science Department of the school in order to support the teaching of a range of Science subjects by that Department under the direction of the Senior Science Technicians.


Duties & Responsibilities

  • Preparation of solutions, materials, cultures for living organisms.
  • Assembling apparatus.
  • Obtaining materials by local purchase.
  • Helping to identify equipment needs in consultation with teaching staff, participating in the selection of new items.
  • Trialling practical activities and keeping records of results.
  • Carrying out risk assessments for technician activities.
  • Maintaining a resource bank of safety information.
  • Operating and monitoring systems for the safe storage of equipment, apparatus and materials, including chemicals.
  • Constructing and modifying apparatus.
  • Maintaining (including cleaning) apparatus and equipment in the science department.
  • Organising and storing resources.
  • General cleaning of laboratory bench.
  • Cleaning of surfaces and fixed equipment.
  • Cleaning laboratory sinks.
  • Ensuring that laboratories are safe and secure.
  • Providing training to small groups of staff or students in relation to safe handling of chemicals and the operation of apparatus/equipment once trained to do so.

The postholder must demonstrate a flexible approach in the delivery of work. Consequently, the postholder may be required to perform work not specifically identified in the job profile but which is in line with the general level of scope, grade and responsibilities of the post.


  • Ensuring that all duties and responsibilities are discharged in accordance with the school’s Health & Safety at Work Policy. 
  • Complying with the school’s Equal Opportunities and other policies and assisting with their development and promotion within the school.
  • Ensuring comprehensive procedures notes are compiled for key tasks.
  • Any other duties commensurate with the grade of the post.

Equal Opportunities Statement

  • Adhere to the Council’s Equal Opportunities policies and ensure anti-discriminatory practice within the service area

Commensurate Statement

  • Undertake any other reasonable duties commensurate with the grade as determined by the manager.

Child Protection

To have due regard for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and to follow the child protection procedures adopted by the school and the local authority

Future Prospects

Possibility of permanent Science Technician appointment

Skills Required


  • Basic knowledge of science in relation to the main subject specialisms and curricular requirements

Valuing Diversity

  • A clear understanding of diversity and an awareness of its impact in education

Learning Effectively

  • IT literate and willing to undertake further training as required


A satisfactory Enhanced DBS disclosure

Qualities Required

Leadership and Management Framework

  • Ability to work proactively in assisting with the daily management and safe and efficient running of technical services to the Science department, use of resources and space
  • Ability to organise one’s own tasks with minimum supervision and to set and work to agreed targets
  • Be organised and motivated
  • Ability to communicate effectively with pupils and persons at all levels

Qualifications Required

Level 2 qualifications

GCSE (Grade C or Grade 4) in English and Maths

GCSE (Grade C or grade 4) Combined or Separate Sciences or BTEC (Principles or Applications of Science) awarded at Merit.

Training Provided

  • Laboratory technician standard (Level 3)
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities (where applicable)
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