Science Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship – Harris Academy Sutton

Brief overview of the role

The successful candidate will provide technical support to the Science Department of the academy, in order to support the teaching of science, enabling the smooth running of practical classes and maintain a safe working environment.

Vacancy description

Main Areas of Responsibility

  • To assist and advise teaching staff on the preparation and layout in classrooms for practical exercises, running trials of experiments, demonstrations and helping students with learning activities as appropriate.
  • To ensure equipment and materials prepared for lessons are to the specification of the teacher requisitions, including making up special equipment or modifying from existing equipment as necessary from instructions supplied by the science teaching staff.
  • In conjunction with the appropriate teachers to advise students on the safe and proper use of tools and equipment and on the correct and safe way to carry out learning activities. To also advise staff, as necessary, on Health and Safety issues and on the best way to carry out practical work, new ways of demonstrating experiments, new techniques or procedures available.
  • To assist in the safety, repair and general maintenance of all resources, equipment and tools in conjunction with the appropriate line managers.  To advise these on any maintenance or inspection needed by the equipment which is beyond postholder’s competence.
  • To be responsible for the welfare and care of the plants and animals in the science area and the security of the equipment.
  • Ensure understanding of science syllabus and schemes of work in order to prepare for practical lessons adequately.
  • To assist with stock keeping, using the computerised stock take database to include chemicals, equipment, textbooks, stationery, etc. and ensuring that appropriate levels of stock are maintained.  Carrying out regular stocktaking checks and ordering as necessary.
  • To undertake safety checks as required and comply with the requirements of Health and Safety, COSHH and other relevant legislation and school documentation. This to include carrying out appropriate risk assessments for practical and technical activities.
  • Ensure Implementation of health and safety regulations across the subject area.
  • To assist in ensuring that all equipment and materials are stored safely and securely, ensuring that they are maintained in good condition, with clear records, and readily available for issue.
  • To dispose of used chemicals/hazardous waste in a safe manner as well as ensuring that hygiene and health and safety standards are maintained in the laboratory and preparation areas.
  • To undertake basic maintenance and cleaning of equipment and to organise its construction, cleaning, servicing and repair as required in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Keep up to date with health and safety regulations and with developments in practical science, attending relevant courses and reading publications;
  • To work in close association with other technical staff to assist in keeping areas neat, clean, tidy and in a safe condition in readiness for lessons, as well as cleaning and making safe spills, breakages and related incidents that require careful handling and ensuring


Additional Duties

  • Carry out and ensure that photocopying is carried out and filing on behalf of the relevant areas as well as other general admin duties required from time to time.
  • To carry out specific tasks as directed by the Coordinator of Science/Senior Science Technician during academy holiday periods.
  • To participate in academy day trips as requested
  • To support the overall work of the Science Department, as requested


Academy Ethos

  • To undertake such other duties as may be required, commensurate with the level of responsibility of the postholder
  • To engage actively in the performance review process, addressing appraisal targets set in conjunction with the line manager each autumn term
  • To participate in training and other professional development learning activities as required.
  • To promote equal opportunities and celebrate diversity in all aspects of the academy.
  • To play a full part in the life of the academy community, to support its distinctive aim and ethos and to encourage staff and students to follow this example.
  • To support and attend academy events such as Open Evening.
  • To promote actively the academy’s corporate policies.
  • To comply with the academy’s Health and Safety policy and undertake risk assessments as appropriate.
  • To adhere to the academy’s Dress Code.
  • To be familiar with and promote safeguarding requirements, demonstrating adherence to the DfE Guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education and the academy’s Safeguarding/Child Protection policies.
  • To be aware of and comply with all academy and Federation policies and procedures, in particular those relating to conduct, child protection (as above), health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person.

Desired skills

  • Ability to assist in keeping up to date records and logs of all necessary paperwork (including stock records and maintenance logs).
  • Ability to follow instructions on how to prepare resources, assemble apparatus and obtain materials by local purchase.
  • Ability to develop supportive working relationships with colleagues, parents, governors, partners and other stakeholders.
  • Proactive approach to problem solving.
  • Ability to work within a wider support team.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Use knowledge obtained through training to demonstrate a working knowledge of all aspects of Health and Safety within the Science environment (including the ability to carry out risk assessments for technician activities).
  • The ability to work under pressure and to deadlines.

Personal qualities

  • Energy and enthusiasm.
  • A problem solver.
  • Ability to develop positive relationships with young people.
  • Enjoy working with young people.
  • Ability to provide a quality and proactive service to users, thus supporting learning across the academy
  • Ability to contribute to whole academy development.

Desired qualifications

  • Experience of working in a school environment desirable.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural, ethnically diverse environment desirable.
  • English and Maths to GCSE level C or equivalent essential.

Future prospects

The Advanced Level Apprenticeship provides individuals with a sound knowledge base that can support them in undertaking further learning and development of their careers in laboratories and related areas.

Things to consider

All training will be delivered by Youthforce. Visit our website at: for more information, or call on 01273776779


We will consider any reasonable adjustments under the terms of the Disability Discrimination Act (195), to enable an applicant with a disability (as defined under the Act) to meet the requirements of the post.

The job-holder will ensure that academy policies are reflected in all aspect of his/her work, in particular those relating to;

  1. Equal Opportunities
  2. Health and Safety
  3. Data Protection Act (1984 & 1998)
  • Expected apprenticeship duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    15 Aug 2018

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

37.5 mon - fri|
National Minimum Wage