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Aston Academy - Lab Technician Apprenticeship INSPIRE ATA LIMITED

Aston Academy are looking for a Lab Technician Apprentice to provision efficient and effective technical service to the Science Faculty, supporting staff and students of all abilities, across all Key Stages in the classroom. To maintain good working relationships with teaching and non-teaching staff and to liaise with other departments and staff.

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Closing date: 03 Feb 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, hours to be confirmed

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    19 Months

  • Possible start date

    13 Feb 2023

  • Date posted

    05 Jan 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Working across multiple laboratories, to undertake tasks in support of staff and students as part of the routine organisation of a lesson
  • Preparing apparatus, materials and solutions and setting up/checking/issuing equipment and apparatus for use in teaching
  • Setting up and on occasions, carrying out demonstrations
  • Retrieving and clearing away apparatus etc
  • Maintaining standards of safety at all times
  • Maintaining the classrooms within the department, ensuring that they are fully equipped, tidy, safe, and organised
  • Safe disposal of waste materials in accordance with established guidelines, including chemicals
  • Assist with the ordering, delivering and appropriate storage of resources, including maintaining adequate stock levels and regular stock checks
  • Participation in the development of practical activities including constructing apparatus, trialling practical work, and providing feedback
  • Make purchases for the department and keeping appropriate petty cash records
  • Ensure resources and equipment for specific lessons are prepared in a timely manner
  • Maintain departmental inventory
  • To prioritise daily/weekly/monthly tasks and ensure accurate and timely completion
  • To use reprographic equipment to produce copies of various sizes and quantities, and use other office equipment
  • To work as part of a team of technicians, as well as the wider academy team
  • To undertake first aid duties as appropriate (with relevant training)
  • To use computer equipment/software for recording and retrieving purposes as required
  • Monitoring of students during lunchtime
  • To undergo appropriate training as available
  • To be familiar and comply with all relevant health and safety, operational, personnel, data protection and financial regulations, policies, and procedure.
  • Ensuring that health and safety requirements are adhered to, safe working practices are adopted and the appropriate regulations, e.g., C.O.S.H.H. and CLEAPS are followed
  • To test and maintain all equipment that goes out for student use
  • Disposing of any items that are deemed unsafe
  • Ensuring that all equipment is kept clean and tidy, ready to be used at all times
  • Keep classrooms tidy, along with store areas and workplaces
  • To work across all preparation rooms, primarily biology and chemistry, preparing practical activities, including the preparation of chemical solutions
  • To maintain regular checks of storage areas within the department
  • To ensure equipment is correctly stored and maintained
  • To conducted annual, monthly, and weekly checks for laboratories/storerooms including health and safety checks according to CLEAPSS L248a and its associated documents
  • Assisting with any administrative duties relating to the department, such as setting up displays of students work
  • Carry out any stack and health and safety checks as required

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

  • Laboratory Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard qualification 
  • To prepare and set out equipment to enable teaching staff to undertake routine scientific demonstrations and class experimental work, following current health and safety statutes and procedural guidelines
  • To manage the acquisition, safe storage and disposal of equipment and chemicals required in connection with delivery of the school’s science curriculum 

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Possible progression into a full-time role for the right applicant.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade A*-C/9-4 or Level 2 equivalent) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade A*-C/9-4 or Level 2 equivalent) Essential

Things to consider

Please be aware that upon a successful offer of employment the company completes digitalised right-to-work checks and DBS applications via an external provider - Vetting.Com. The company also completes an internal online social media search, in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance. Please google the location prior to applying.

About the employer

We ranked 1st in the "Rate My Apprenticeship" Central & Greater London Employers Award 2021-22 and 3rd in the list of Top 100 employers 2022-23 Inspire ATA Ltd specialise in working with a wide range of clients (nationwide) that want to take on excellent apprentices. Our vision is to "inspire ambition and widen horizons".




Aston Academy


S26 4SF


Katie Munn


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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Laboratory technician

Level 3 (A level)

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