Science Technician Apprentice (George Stephenson High School)

George Stephenson High School

General Description

As an Apprentice Science Technician, you will support the smooth operation of scientific laboratories by assisting senior technicians and researchers. Your role will involve preparing and maintaining laboratory equipment, ensuring that materials and samples are properly stored and labeled, and adhering to safety and quality standards.

Main Duties

What will the apprentice be doing?

Main Duties of the Post

Under the instruction/guidance of the Curriculum Leader: Science and the Senior Science Technician:  provide general support in a specific curriculum/resource area including preparation and maintenance of resources and support to staff and students.
Preparation of equipment and materials for Science lessons.

  • Preparation and clearing of apparatus, equipment and materials for practical work and demonstrations
  • Accurately prepare solutions, assemble apparatus and equipment for practical work and set up, test, and assist with demonstrations.
  • Ensure the safe storage and handling of chemicals, specialist apparatus, equipment and materials.
  • Ensure safe and appropriate disposal of waste materials.
  • Flexibility to work across all curriculum areas within Science as required.

Stocktaking, maintenance and administration.

  • Maintenance in the laboratory e.g. replenishment of consumables, safety checks, cleaning of sinks/fume cupboards.
  • Receiving and checking deliveries, under the direction of the Senior Technician.
  • Assistance in stock takes and stock management under the guidance of the Senior Technician.
  • Assistance in routine maintenance, calibration, checking and repair of specialist equipment.

Health and safety

  • To ensure the Health and Safety within areas of own responsibility as laid out in the School Health and Safety Policy including the preparation, use and checking of risk assessments under the direction of Senior Technician.
  • Adhere at all times to the rules and procedures set out in the departmental Health and Safety Policy.
  • Keeping up to date with current procedures and practices through professional development and using CLEAPSS resources.
  • Respond to actual and potential hazards in a timely manner following COSHH guidelines.
  • Provision of Health and Safety advice to teaching staff and students under the direction of the Senior Technician.

Additional whole school duties

  • To be trained as a First Aider and take part in the whole school First Aid rota.
  • To undertake invigilation duties during peak exam season, if required.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Labortatory technician standard level 3

Full training will take place in the work place

Requirements & Prospects

Desired Skills
  • Communication skills
  • IT skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Organisation skills
  • Administrative skills
  • Number skills
Personal Qualities
  • Communication skills
  • IT skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Organisation skills
  • Administrative skills
  • Number skills
Desired Qualifications
  • Communication skills
  • IT skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Organisation skills
  • Administrative skills
  • Number skills
Future Prospects

Full time position with the company on completion of apprenticeship

About the Employer

George Stephenson High School is an 11-18 high school with excellent facilities for learning.

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Newcastle Upon Tyne

NE12 6SA

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Expected Duration

24 Months

Possible Start Date

2 Sep, 2024

Working Week

08.00-16.00 Mon-Thurs, 08.00-15.30 Fri

Total hours per week: 37 hours a week

Apprenticeship Level

Level 3

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Closing date: 31 Aug, 2024