Science Technician Apprentice Dormers Wells High School

This is a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic and resourceful candidate with a love of science to work as a science technician within the science department.

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Closing date: 31 Aug 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 08.30 – 16.30

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    52 weeks

  • Possible start date

    06 Sep 2017

  • Date posted

    24 Mar 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

The school is looking for a science technician to carry out the following:

Supporting the Curriculum:

  • To prepare and set out experiments, scientific and audio-visual equipment, chemicals, specimens etc. for laboratory use (this includes moving items between laboratories where necessary).
  • To collect live specimens in the field for laboratory use.
  • To clear up, clean and store equipment, chemicals, specimens etc. after use. Ensure cleanliness of benches and sinks in laboratories, preparation rooms, whiteboards etc. Maintaining supplies of paper towels, etc.
  • To maintain and repair scientific equipment in the science department including tools, solutions, text books etc.
  • To accurately maintain storage systems for equipment, chemicals, worksheets etc.
  • To assist with stocktaking and ordering.
  • To care for animals and plants. Shopping for animal food and taking animals to the vet.
  • To carry out clerical duties connected with department (petty cash, filing, duplicating etc.).
  • To help prepare and maintain corridor displays.
  • To maintain a record of consumables and advise when re-ordering is necessary.
  • To attend and participate in curriculum area and other meetings and training as and when required.
  • To have oversight of the safety library and to keep abreast of developments regarding health and safety including reviewing the CLEAPPS website regularly.
  • To be available before and after lessons as appropriate to lay out or remove equipment.
  • To contribute to the wider learning and teaching environment in the absence of the supported student(s), as an interim measure.
  • To be responsible for the good maintenance, safety and security of offices, equipment, display areas, stock rooms and preparation room in adherence to Health and Safety regulations and curriculum area and school policy and procedures.

Behaviour and Safety:

  • To take responsibility for safeguarding the welfare of all children you are responsible for or come in to contact with including reporting any child protection issues or concerns to the school’s Child Protection Officer.
  • To be responsible for the good maintenance, safety and security of offices, equipment, display areas, stock rooms and offices in adherence to Health and Safety regulations and curriculum area and school policy and procedures.

Professional Development:

  • To contribute to the development of ICT and the MLE (Frog).
  • To attend and participate in school meetings and training as appropriate.
  • To keep abreast of current legislation and developments relating to your area and attend INSET where appropriate within the Schools Improvement Plan and with regard to the school’s Investors in People programme.
  • To participate fully in the School’s Self Review, School Improvement Plan procedures, Staff Review/Performance Management.
  • To liaise as appropriate with other professional institutions or individuals outside the school.
  • To participate in appropriate working parties as the need arises.


  • To ensure all work is appropriately documented and kept up-to-date.
  • To word-process as required.
  • To refer issues/difficulties to the Line Manager in the first instance.
  • To implement all and follow all school and LA policies and procedures, including giving due regard to the Local Authorities Equal Opportunities Policy.
  • To be a positive role model.
  • To carry out such particular duties as the Headteacher may reasonably direct from time-to-time.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Ability to set up apparatus for classroom experiments with due regard to safety.
  • Ability to understand chemical formulae.
  • Ability to make up routine chemical solutions.
  • Ability to handle chemicals, materials and apparatus, with due regard to safety.
  • Ability to apply remedial action in an emergency, e.g. burns or chemical splashes in eyes, until a designated First Aider is available.
  • Ability to take care of small animals and plants.
  • Have an appreciation and understanding of the importance of confidentiality and sensitivity and an ability to use these skills in dealing with students, parents and staff.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, including excellent telephone skills.
  • Excellent word processing/ICT skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent organisation and administrative skills.
  • Ability to work with computer databases.
  •  Ability to demonstrate skills needed to work effectively with young people and adults.
  • Willingness to undertake specific training especially in the school management Computer System (SIMS).
  • Commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.
  • To understand and have a strong commitment to equal opportunities for all members of the school community.

Personal qualities

  • Helpful and positive nature.
  • Reliable, honest and trustworthy.
  • Flexible and to have the ability to work in a variety of different settings.
  • Have a sense of humour.
  • Excellent time management skills and an ability to prioritise work effectively.
  • Ability to work calmly and consistently under pressure.
  • Commitment to the values and ethos of the School.

Qualifications required

A sound educational background with minimum qualification GCSE Science or experience as a Laboratory Assistant.

Future prospects

Full time role for the right candidate upon successful completion of the apprenticeship.

Things to consider

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).

About the employer

Dormers Wells High School is an 11-18 mixed, multi-cultural comprehensive school. We are an investors in people school and professional development is at the heart of our work. We have high expectations for the achievement of all of our students at Dormers Wells High School. Our latest Ofsted report validates this sentiment with the school continuing to be judged as Good. “The atmosphere is calm and orderly. Pupils have high aspirations and work hard”. “Staff know individuals well, and consequently relationships are good throughout.” “The impressive new building supports pupils effectively to make good progress” Ofsted December 2015. A multi million pound PFI rebuilding was completed in autumn 2012 to provide state of the art facilities for students, staff and the local community. We also have a specialist provision for 15 Hearing Impaired students.


Dormers Wells High School


Dormers Wells Lane



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Training provider

Level 2 Healthcare Science Assistant NVQ

Apprenticeship standard

Healthcare > Healthcare Science Assistant

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Redwood skills


David Jones 0203 814 9548

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Closing date: 31 Aug 2017