Click here to apply


Wage: £212.50 per week

Hours: Monday – Friday, 42.5 hours per week

Location: Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Expected duration: 24 months

Weeks worked per year: 35

Closing date: 8th February 2021

Positions available: 1



Please note:

  • We expect a high volume of applications for this role. As a consequence, we may close the vacancy before the specified closing date





Brief overview of the role

Ardingly College are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic individual who is interested in obtaining qualifications and starting a career as a Science Technician. The post-holder will complete an apprenticeship under the Laboratory Technician standard at Level 3.

Vacancy description

Health & Safety:

  • Be familiar and comply with the departmental Health & Safety policy
  • Assist in the completion of termly health and safety checks and report any issues to the appropriate persons, following these items up until corrected
  • Maintain good relations with maintenance staff, particularly the electricians and carpenters. Any broken or damaged fixtures, furniture or fittings should be reported
  • Set out equipment for PAT testing or other inspections when required
  • Be aware of the safety regulations itemised from time to time in the CLEAPPS bulletins; to be aware of the regulations and advice contained in past CLEAPPS bulletins, copies of which are held on the school network
  • Assist in the trialling of all new experiments with relevant teachers prior to use in the classroom to ensure they work and identify any health and safety issues

Requisitions and Laboratory Management:

  • Set out apparatus and equipment as and when requested
  • Preparing chemicals and reagents as and when requested
  • Clear away apparatus and return it to its place of storage unless requested to leave it out by the teacher concerned, in time to provide a safe and tidy working environment for the following class
  • Be available and on hand for the first ten minutes whenever a class is doing practical work in order to cope with unforeseen difficulties
  • Check apparatus returned and advise the teacher concerned if anything is broken or missing
  • Maintain the stationary areas within laboratories, making sure they do not run short
  • Take responsibility for the aesthetic appearance of the laboratories making sure they are clean and tidy, and so best promote the image of the department
  • Help in the formation of displays
  • To help prepare laboratories for open days

Departmental Management:

  • Help to maintain well-organised and tidy preparatory rooms, both in the STEM building and the Prep School science laboratory
  • Help with the preparation of annual budgets supplying costs for materials and equipment
  • Photocopy examinations papers and larger documents as requested by Heads of discipline
  • Establishing good communication with other laboratory technicians and liaise and support them as necessary
  • In the absence of colleagues, help provide support to other areas as needed
  • Contribute to departmental development by attending departmental meetings

Professional Development:

  • Attend termly technician meetings with the Head of Science
  • Attend appropriate INSED in order to develop your skills base
  • Attend Apprentice Technician training programme as outlined in the standard




Desired skills

  • Problem solving skills with the ability to think independently
  • Excellent organisational, communication and time management skills
  • Organised communicator
  • Pleasant and helpful manner, with good interpersonal skills


Personal qualities

  • Flexible approach to working hours
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Team player
  • Ability to use own initiative
  • Effective communication skills with staff and students
  • Enthusiastic and willing to learn


Desired qualifications

  • A minimum of Grade C GCSE (or equivalent) qualifications in English and Maths.
  • Must have a demonstrated interest in Science.



Future prospects

Full time position offered upon successful completion of apprenticeship.