Laboratory Technician Apprentice THE WHITGIFT FOUNDATION

To work within a team of nine to provide a service which will ensure safe, effective and efficient use of resources to support the science curriculum and through the provision of this learning support service to promote equality of opportunity for staff and students. The post holder will assist in all subject areas as reasonably required.

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Closing date: 31 May 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £10,982.40 to £21,673.60

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates
  • Working week

    Work 5 days per week, Monday to Friday. The hours are 8.00am to 5.00pm (40 hours per week) with a one-hour unpaid lunch break.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    19 Apr 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

• To manage the practical requests and provision of the chemicals and apparatus to enable the Science Department to run efficiently;
• To provide technical support for all activities within the Science Department and help in Science laboratories.
• To assist the Team Leader Technician in support of all areas of science
This position reports into the Head of Science, Team Leader Technician and Senior Technicians.

• To provide a daily support service to the Science laboratories and associated areas
• To prepare apparatus, materials and solutions and to set up equipment and apparatus for the start of the lesson, as required.
• To set up and operate equipment such as projectors, recorders and educational computers
• To issue materials and equipment to staff and students and to keep appropriate records
• To retrieve and clean away apparatus and equipment after practical classes
• To assist the teacher, when required, by providing support to students in practical sessions
• To ensure that the practical requirements of practical examinations/assessments are met, including preparing, setting up and testing materials, apparatus and equipment
• To assist in the development of the curriculum by participating in course team meetings as required
• To ensure, in conjunction with other specialist Science Technicians, that appropriate stock levels of apparatus and materials are maintained
• To order (after consultation with appropriate staff), log and receive materials and equipment and to assist in the planning of future requirements
• To organise and store equipment, apparatus and materials in accordance with Health and Safety Regulations
• Share the maintenance of the resource bank of information relating to equipment and materials with the other members of the science Technician team
• To participate in the development of practical and technical facilities to meet teaching/learning needs
• To provide technical advice and assistance to students and teaching staff at all reasonable times
• To advise teaching staff of the technical requirements raised by the curriculum and to contribute to the development of the schools practical work
• To ensure that satisfactory standards of safety and security are maintained in relation to the technical service in accordance with School policy, to include providing COSSH information, assessment and records
• To dispose or arrange for the disposal of hazardous and dangerous substances in accordance with Health and Safety Regulations
• To participate in staff development and/or any training considered necessary for the safe and effective execution of the responsibilities listed above
• To understand other reasonable duties as requested by the Team Leader/Head of Science
• To assist in the general tidiness and cleanliness of the Preparation Rooms and Laboratories

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

As part of the apprenticeship, you will be required to register with Kingston College and complete the Level 3 Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship course, which is expected to take approximately 24 months.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

On the completion of the course, you will receive a Level 3 Laboratory Technician qualification. Failure to meet the course requirements will result in the termination of the apprenticeship and employment with the Whitgift Foundation. Subject to a suitable vacancy existing on the completion of your apprenticeship, you may then be considered for a permanent position at Whitgift School.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working


GCSE or equivalent 4 (Grade 9) Essential

Things to consider

The salary for this post will be the Apprentice Rate or National Minimum/Living Wage.

About the employer

Whitgift is one of Britain’s leading independent boarding and day schools for boys aged between 10 and 18 years, with approximately 1500 pupils and over one hundred boarding or flexi-boarding pupils. It was founded in 1596 by Elizabeth I’s last Archbishop of Canterbury, John Whitgift, and is the oldest school in Croydon. Whitgift enjoys facilities of outstanding quality, amongst the best available nationally, in a beautiful parkland estate in South Croydon with excellent links to London, Surrey and the south coast.




Whitgift School, Haling Park

South Croydon


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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Laboratory technician

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 31 May 2023