St. Paul’s Way Trust School, London – Laboratory Technician (Level 3)

Brief overview of the role

St. Paul’s way trust are looking for an Apprentice Laboratory Technician to work in their Science Department. The successful apprentice will support the teaching of a range of Science subjects by that Department under the direction of the Senior Science Technicians.

Vacancy description

Duties & responsibilities

  • Preparation of solutions, materials, cultures for living organisms.
  • Assembling apparatus.
  • Obtaining materials by local purchase.
  • Helping to identify equipment needs in consultation with teaching staff, participating in the selection of new items.
  • Trialling practical activities and keeping records of results,
  • Carrying out risk assessments for technician activities.
  • Maintaining a resource bank of safety information.
  • Operating and monitoring systems for the safe storage of equipment, apparatus and materials, including chemicals
  • Constructing and modifying apparatus.
  • Maintaining (including cleaning) apparatus and equipment in the science department.
  • Organising and storing resources.
  • General cleaning of laboratory bench.
  • Cleaning of surfaces and fixed equipment.
  • Cleaning laboratory sinks.
  • Ensuring that laboratories are safe and secure.
  • Providing training to small groups of staff or students in relation to safe handling of chemicals and the operation of apparatus/equipment once trained to do so.


The postholder must demonstrate a flexible approach in the delivery of work. Consequently, the postholder may be required to perform work not specifically identified in the job profile but which is in line with the general level of scope, grade and responsibilities of the post.



  • Ensuring that all duties and responsibilities are discharged in accordance with the school’s Health & Safety at Work Policy.
  • Complying with the school’s Equal Opportunities and other policies and assisting with their development and promotion within the school.
  • Ensuring comprehensive procedures notes are compiled for key tasks.
  • Any other duties commensurate with the grade of the post.

Desired skills


  • Basic knowledge of science in relation to the main subject specialisms and curricular requirements
  • IT literate and willing to undertake further training as required
  • A clear understanding of diversity and an awareness of its impact in education

Personal qualities

  • Ability to work proactively in assisting with the daily management and safe and efficient running of technical services to the Science department, use of resources and space
  • Ability to organise one’s own tasks with minimum supervision and to set and work to agreed targets
  • Be organised and motivated
  • Ability to communicate effectively with pupils and persons at all levels

Desired qualifications

  • C/4 or equivalent in GCSE Maths, English and Science.

Future prospects

At the end of the apprenticeship, there is a possibility that the school will make a job offer on an appropriate salary scale and external training courses continue to be available, to enable skills to remain up to date and learn new techniques.​

The qualification and experience that you will achieve from the apprenticeship will enable you to apply for jobs elsewhere in the field too. We are part of a large technician network and have many contacts in schools in East London, which will be of great benefit.

Things to consider

This role is subject to obtaining a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure

35 hours Monday - Friday (term time + 2 weeks)|