Apprentice Science Technician (Park View)


General Description

You will be accountable for Co-ordinating the use and development of practical resources and facilities including the provision of guidance and support in meeting the practical requirements in the science curriculum.

Main Duties

What will the apprentice be doing?

You are required to:

  • Carry out the duties of the support member of staff
  • Provide technician services to the Science department to ensure that the needs of the Science curriculum are fully met.
  • Within current Health and Safety statutes and procedural guidelines, to prepare and set out equipment to enable teaching staff to undertake routine scientific demonstrations and class experimental work
  • Manage the acquisition, safe storage and disposal of equipment and chemicals required in connection with delivery of the school’s science curriculum.

Key Tasks:

You are required to undertake the following:

Curriculum Support:

  • In consultation with the appropriate teaching staff to provide, deliver and set up the required apparatus, equipment and materials/chemicals etc. for both routine demonstrations to be undertaken by teachers and to enable students to undertake required practical work
  • Alert staff to any problems within the lesson or with the apparatus
  • Assist with the preparation of work sheets and other teaching material as required and to record on video or audio tape necessary resource material
  • Care for and maintain audio-visual equipment or associated aids.
  • Retrieve and clean any apparatus,  equipment and materials/chemicals etc. after use and return to the store
  • mount displays of materials, visual aids and pupils’ work
  • Also, according to ability and experience, to assist  with class practical work and in recording the outcome of students’ practical work
  • Assist in providing advice to pupils on the correct and safe use of equipment and the inherent dangers in failing to observe proper procedures
  • Participate, as required, in staff development sessions

Organising/managing and developing resources:

  • Ensure the maintenance of stock levels and stock taking when and where necessary
  • Prepare items in advance when required (i.e. making up accurate solutions)
  • Ensure that all apparatus is properly maintained at all times so that it can be used effectively
  • Repair equipment when damaged
  • Report any problems to the Senior Technician
  • Collaborate with teaching staff, assist in the development of  new resources
  • Ensure up to date knowledge re. equipment / practical demonstrations / computer usage

Health & Safety:

  • Ensure that laboratories are locked at all times when appropriate staff are not present
  • Check materials and equipment, before and after use by a class, for quantity and damage
  • Ensure that all mains services and apparatus are maintained in proper working order and that electrical components are regularly checked to ensure safety
  • Ensure that chemicals are safely and securely stored in accordance with specific instructions and recommended guidelines
  • Organise the storage of materials in and around the department
  • Ensure the cleaning of heavily soiled glassware and the general laboratory areas
  • Replace the roller towels, soap, paper towels etc, where necessary
  • Check that all basic resources within laboratories are complete and flag up any problems with relevant teachers
  • Maintain laboratories to ensure a clean, safe and orderly environment
  • Undertake the safe disposal of chemical and biological waste.
  • Be aware of the Health and Safety requirements within the Science department
  • Advise staff on the safety procedures and provide Hazards where necessary

Requirements & Prospects

Desired Skills
  • Communication skills
  • IT skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Organisation skills
  • Customer care skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Administrative skills
  • Number skills
Personal Qualities
  • Communication skills
  • IT skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Organisation skills
  • Customer care skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Administrative skills
  • Number skills
Desired Qualifications
  • GCSE or equivalent English Language or English Literature (Grade 4/C or above) essential
  • GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C or above) essential
  • GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 4/C or above) essential
Future Prospects
  • Full time position upon completion of the apprenticeship
Things to Consider

Other Specific Duties: • Play a full part in the life of the school community, support our vision and values and encourage staff and pupils to follow this example • Undertake any other duty as specified by the school • To be vigilant around the school re behaviour, apparatus, damage or loss • To help with class support where appropriate

About the Employer

I would like to offer you a very warm welcome to Park View School on behalf of the students, staff and governing body. We are a forward thinking, exciting and, most important of all, happy school where children of all abilities, aptitudes and social backgrounds achieve. This has given us a reputation for excellence within the locality of which we are exceptionally proud. We have been at the heart of Chester-le-Street since 1911, first as the town’s grammar school and latterly as its largest academy. Our roots in the community are long-established and inform all that we do: thus, although we are innovative and offer children a 21st Century education of real worth, we cherish and foster traditional values. We passionately believe that all young people can achieve if challenged to do so, that each has in them special qualities, talents and strengths which it is the duty of true educators to develop. It is this moral imperative which drives us, providing an unflinching focus upon the continued improvement necessary for us to realise our ambition: to be an outstanding school which provides the very best educational experience for all in our care. To succeed in our ambition, we work closely in partnership with parents and carers. We rely upon support from home and are delighted that the vast majority of our families make an unconditional commitment to trust their children to our care, reinforcing our standards by supporting school actions. It is this mutual trust which sits at the heart of the school and is one of our greatest strengths. I hope that this website provides you with the information you need. It is intended to give you a flavour of all that happens at Park View and all that we stand for. I look forward to welcoming you to our school in the near future. Andrew Finley Headteacher

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Park View School

Church Chare

Chester Le Street

County Durham


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Expected Duration

24 months

Working Week

Monday – Friday, 8.15am – 4.15pm

Total hours per week: 37 hours a week

Apprenticeship Level

Level 3

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