Apprentice Science Technician - Advanced (Level 3)


London Academy of Excellence

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Weekly wage £175.00
35.0 hours per week Monday to Friday, times to be confirmed.
duration: 24 months
start: 1 September 2020
Advanced (Level 3)
Laboratory technician (apprenticeship standard)
19 June 2020 (application closing date)
The London Academy of Excellence are looking for a Science Technician Apprentice. The successful candidate will provide laboratory and technical support to the Science department, developing their skills and knowledge whilst on the apprenticeship programme.


Key responsibilities:

  • To support the Senior Science Technician in preparing high-quality science resources for laboratory teaching
  • To support students and Science staff in the fulfilment of the A-level practical science curriculum
  • To observe a healthy and safe working environment at all times
  • To apply knowledge and skills gained through study in a practical setting

Specific tasks to achieve the above:

Preparation of resources 

  • Ensure that the prep rooms and labs are clean and well organised at all times
  • Prepare equipment, chemicals, solutions etc. for practical lessons in a timely manner and clear up afterwards
  • Ensure stock levels of glassware, chemicals etc are maintained

Science department support

  • Assist students and staff during practical lessons
  • Be involved with Open Days, feeder school workshops and other events outside the normal timetable
  • Work across the different areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics as demand dictates

Health and safety

  • Develop a knowledge of the relevant risk assessments and health and safety protocols
  • Ensure that the strict health and safety working practices are observed at all times
  • Provide advice and assistance to staff on safe working practices and problems relating to health and safety, in particular on the use of apparatus and equipment
  • Provide first aid treatment for minor laboratory injuries

Off-the-job training

  • Successfully complete the various elements on the Apprenticeship programme of study, updating the Senior Science Technician with progress
  • Consider how newly acquired skills and knowledge can be applied to the Assistant Science Technician’s tasks
  • Undertake training courses

Future Prospects

The knowledge, skills and behaviours developed on the apprenticeship give apprentices the opportunity to progress into a full time role as a Science Technician either at LAE or elsewhere. The Level 3 Laboratory Technician apprenticeship is a widely recognised qualification that gives apprentices the potential to consider a variety of laboratory-based fields.


Skills Required

  • Recognised qualifications for Literacy and Numeracy skills, or the willingness to achieve suitable qualifications during the period of apprenticeship
  • Good pracitcal science and IT skills
  • Dextrous and well coordinated to carry practical laboratory tasks
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills, can be a team player

Qualities Required

  • Interest in science and willingness to learn
  • Able to remain calm when working under pressure
  • A keen desire to learn and apply knowledge in a practical setting
  • Enjoyment of working with young people and an interest in supporting their education
  • Tidy, organised and methodical
  • Self-motivated and proactive. Can be innovative and good at finding solutions
  • A well-presented appearance

Qualifications Required

GCSE Science, Maths and English at grade C (4) and above or equivalent.

Training Provided

Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship Standard (Level 3).

Where required:

  • Functional Skills maths (Level 2)
  • Functional Skills English (Level 2)
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