Apprentice Science Technician Walbottle Campus Technology College

To support the Science Department, ensuring the provision of an efficient service that: 1) Is responsive to service Requirements 2) Meets pupils needs and demands

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Closing date: 01 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.
    Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.
    The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over.
    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

  • Working week

    37 Hours Monday - Friday Term Time plus 10 days

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    2 years

  • Possible start date

    09 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    07 Jun 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Training in Teaching Aids and Resource Materials, to include:

  • Preparation and setting out of equipment, materials and other resources for practical lessons in an orderly and presentable manner, in accordance with Department Risk assessments
  • Checking items for class use in order to ensure that they are functional and sufficient in quantity
  • Checking that the above items are returned for each class;
  • Constructing simple equipment/apparatus;
  • Care and appropriate handling of resources.

Training in Care, Maintenance and Repair of Equipment, to include:

  • Visual checking and routine cleaning/care of equipment;
  • Returning equipment to storage as soon as practicable
  • Undertaking simple repairs;
  • Advising Senior Technician if more substantial repair or maintenance has to be carried out

Training in Control, Storage and Disposal of Materials, to include:

  • Maintaining stock levels and advising Senior Technician of items and quantities required
  • Ensuring safe and secure storage of materials
  • Safe disposal of waste materials

Training in Care and Maintenance of Teaching Environment, to include:

  • General tidying of equipment, materials and other resources all teaching laboratories and preparatory rooms
  • Keeping cupboards stocked, tidy and labelled

Training in Display and Demonstration Work, to include:

  • Setting up equipment/apparatus and materials for demonstrations as requested
  • Checking that the above is functioning correctly

Training in Liaison with Teaching Staff, to include:

  • Advice on the availability of equipment, materials and other resources
  • To work as a member of a Technical Team with regard to the educational aims of the department and school
  • Promote and implement the School's equal opportunities policies in all aspects of employment and service delivery
  • Assist in maintaining a healthy, safe and secure environment and act in accordance with the School’s policies and procedures

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships 
  • Highly organised and self-motivated with an ability to work independently
  • Good written and verbal communication skills

Personal qualities

  • Should have a genuine interest in education and working in the science department of a large secondary school
  • Flexible approach to duties
  • A professional and sensible approach to working in a school environment in relation to current safeguarding guidelines

Qualifications required

  • An educational background in Science
  • 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C or above, MUST include English Language, Mathematics and Science

Future prospects

The main aim(s) of the apprenticeship is to provide the apprentice with a transferable skills set that will afford the opportunity to develop a rewarding career as a Science Technician, upon successful completion of the apprenticeship program. May lead to a permanent role in the school.

About the employer

Walbottle Campus Technology College occupies a large, beautiful site in the Tyne valley. It could be described as a city school in rural surroundings. There has been a school on the Walbottle Campus site for over 50 years. Initially the 3 buildings that made up the site were organised as a grammar school and 2 secondary modern schools. Since those early days there have been many changes, not least being those of the last few years. After 3 years as a split site school, with our Y7 based in one of the old middle school buildings 3 miles away, we opened our purpose built buildings on the main school site in September 2008. Our stunning new school has received acclaim from parents, staff and students. Phase 3 opened in September 2009 and we now boast a fantastic Performing Arts and Sports facility second to none. It looks great and it works well. But buildings alone do not make a good school. We have a brilliant staff here, who regularly go the extra mile for our students. We have a truly comprehensive intake with many students who progress to University and many who have learning difficulties. Yet all have their talents and offer challenges in some form or another. Our last Ofsted recognised many good features, one of which was the Staff Training Programme. The early finish to the teaching day every other Wednesday has allowed us to focus our training sessions on Teaching and Learning. It is making a difference and has brought recognition from other schools and the Local Authority


Walbottle Campus Technology College


Central Hall

Hexham Road

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE15 9TP

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Training provider

  • BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science
  • NVQ Level 3 in Laboratory associated Technical Activities
  • Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT where required
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Apprenticeship standard

Life and Industrial Sciences > Laboratory Technician

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by TDR Training Ltd


Gemma Yildirim

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Closing date: 01 Oct 2017