Petchey Academy

Science Technician Apprenticeship - Advanced (Level 3)

Petchey Academy (Employer)

Youthforce (Training Provider)

Annual wage £19,219.00
37.5 hours per week Monday to Friday. Times TBC.
23 months (duration)
10 May 2021(start date)
Laboratory technician (apprenticeship standard)
20 April 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

Petchey Academy aim to provide our students with an outstanding quality of education. Through the provision of expertly targeted care, guidance and support we aim to secure good behaviour and create an ethos where achievement is the main focus. A Science Technician Apprentice will provide professional technical support to the Science Department.


Duties will include:

1. To maintain a safe working environment for staff and students

2. To deputise for the Senior Science Technician (where applicable) in the event of temporary absence

3. To be responsible for ensuring that cover work, set by teaching staff, is placed in classrooms and that this is then collected, to be given to staff on their return, to ensure that subsequent requisitions are altered to take into account cover situations.

4. To prepare materials and equipment as required by the departmental staff

5. To prepare practical lessons & examinations; setting out apparatus, cleaning away

6. To refill, label and clean laboratory reagent bottles, acids, alkalis, indicators, etc

7. To make up stock solutions when required and regularly review labelling requirements of chemical stock

8. To assist the department staff with the delivery of practical lessons or demonstrate specialist techniques (ecology collecting methods, microbiology techniques, microscrope work); and under the instruction/guidance of the teacher to support students during practical work/demonstrations

9. To share good practice acquired from CPD with other technicians and teachers

10. To ensure rooms and equipment are kept clean and tidy and that safety regulations are met, including checking equipment for safety, cleaning and sterilising equipment and advising students on safety aspects of particular practicals, to maintain updateable stock recording system on computer

11. To assist with the creation of files and cataloguing of articles for student research and staff use

12. To assist with corridor and classroom display board upkeep

13. To record breakages and loans, in accordance with the academy policy, if appropriate

14. To provide assistance with clubs and project work within the department during contracted hours

15. To assist in devising and maintaining regular inventories of materials, books, and equipment and conducting regular stock takes

16. To assist in the management of Health & Safety within the department and ensure that Health & Safety requirements and other regulations are observed, this may involve undertaking regular risk assessments as appropriate to the work area.

17. To liaise with the site staff regarding the maintenance of machinery in particular where there may be Health & Safety implications

18. To carry out routine checking of equipment, repairing faults and arranging for repair where this cannot be performed in-house

19. To attend departmental meetings and team meetings

20. To assist in the administrative support for the department


General Requirements

• The post holder will be expected to carry out all duties in the context of and in compliance with all the academy policies

• To be aware of and take part in the academy’s performance management framework and participate in training & development activities as required

• To participate in personal and team reviews and meetings

Future Prospects

The possibility of a permanent position within the science department upon successful completion of the apprenticeship.

Skills Required

• Able to prepare chemicals, biological material and physics equipment to specific requirements

• Physically able to cope with moderate lifting and moving between three floors

• Prepared to provide class practical demonstrations

• Able to demonstrate enthusiasm and good subject knowledge

Qualities Required

• Able to work calmly and effectively with students

• Computer literate, able to use IT based administrative systems

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

• Flexible, adaptable, results orientated and able to prioritise, resilient under pressure

• Able to work under their own initiative

• Able to work with personnel from all levels

• Enthusiasm for and commitment to the achievement of the Academy’s overall vision

Qualifications Required

Maths and English GCSE (or equivalent) grade 4/C or above.

Training Provided

Level 3 Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship Standard

Level 2 Functional Skills maths and English (if required)

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