Science Laboratory Technician Apprentice COBHAM FREE SCHOOL TRUST

Your main priorities are to provide practical and technical support to teaching staff and pupils in the Science department, whilst also ensuring the Science department’s equipment and facilities are kept clean, tidy and in a safe condition.

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

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Closing date: 26 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Term Time: 8.15am - 4.00pm. Days to be confirmed

    Total hours per week: 34

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    15 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    29 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

As the Science Laboratory Technician Apprentice your key responsibilities

● Prepare and set up class experiments, demonstrations and apparatus / equipment including new technology applications.

● Prepare specimens and solutions for use in lessons, including caring for departmental animals and plants as required.

● Assist with the safe and secure handling, storage and transportation of apparatus/ equipment, specimens and chemicals in accordance with good working practice, health and safety procedures and CLEAPSS guidelines.

● Under the direction of teaching staff and the head of science, provide assistance to pupils during lessons, field projects, after school clubs and/or site visits.

● Provide support for tests, assessments and exhibitions as required.

● Clear and put away apparatus / equipment; disposing of waste laboratory materials including hazardous waste in accordance with health and safety and COSHH guidelines.

● Maintain apparatus / equipment ensuring that it is clean and safe for use, notifying the science technician of any faulty equipment.

● Update the department apparatus / equipment inventory Undertake simple construction, repair and maintenance of apparatus /equipment. Undertake general maintenance of laboratories and ancillary rooms.

● Carry out general science-based clerical work e.g. filing, photocopying and collating schemes of work.

● Support the senior science technician in carrying out stock checks and maintaining stock levels.

● Keep appropriate records of safety checks and risk assessments as required

The training you will be getting

The apprentice will receive training from an experienced, patient and supportive employee. This will enable the apprentice to master their trade and gain valuble knowledge from being trained by these employees. 

You will also attend Kingston College for your off the job training and complete the Laboratory Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship 

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

This standard aligns with the following professional recognition: The Royal Society of Biology, Royal Society of Chemistry Institute of Physics

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Team working, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills


GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Essential

Things to consider

An enhanced DBS check will be required

About the employer

Our staff are integral to our vision; we seek to recruit and employ individuals who share our ethos and are seeking to work in a stimulating, rewarding and supportive environment. The passionate and visionary leadership which has helped the school flourish in such a short space of time is mirrored in the vibrant, friendly team atmosphere our staff frequently comment on, appreciating its uniqueness.




Cobham Free School, 89 Portsmouth Road


KT11 1JJ

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Laboratory technician

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

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

Apply now

Closing date: 26 Apr 2024