Science Technician Apprentice George Stephenson High School

As an Apprentice Science Technician, you will support the smooth operation of scientific laboratories by assisting senior technicians and researchers. Your role will involve preparing and maintaining laboratory equipment, ensuring that materials and samples are properly stored and labeled, and adhering to safety and quality standards.

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Closing date: 15 Aug 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £12,313.60 per annum in year 1, rising to the relevant minimum wage in year 2.

    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

    08.00-16.00 Mon-Thurs, 08.00-15.30 Fri.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    05 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Main Duties of the Post

  • Under the instruction/guidance of the Curriculum Leader: Science and the Senior Science Technician:  provide general support in a specific curriculum/resource area including preparation and maintenance of resources and support to staff and students
  • Preparation of equipment and materials for Science lessons
  • Preparation and clearing of apparatus, equipment and materials for practical work and demonstrations
  • Accurately prepare solutions, assemble apparatus and equipment for practical work and set up, test, and assist with demonstrations
  • Ensure the safe storage and handling of chemicals, specialist apparatus, equipment and materials
  • Ensure safe and appropriate disposal of waste materials
  • Flexibility to work across all curriculum areas within Science as required

Stocktaking, maintenance and administration.

  • Maintenance in the laboratory e.g. replenishment of consumables, safety checks, cleaning of sinks/fume cupboards
  • Receiving and checking deliveries, under the direction of the Senior Technician
  • Assistance in stock takes and stock management under the guidance of the Senior Technician
  • Assistance in routine maintenance, calibration, checking and repair of specialist equipment

Health and safety

  • To ensure the health and safety within areas of own responsibility as laid out in the School Health and Safety Policy including the preparation, use and checking of risk assessments under the direction of Senior Technician
  • Adhere at all times to the rules and procedures set out in the departmental Health and Safety Policy
  • Keeping up to date with current procedures and practices through professional development and using CLEAPSS resources.
  • Respond to actual and potential hazards in a timely manner following COSHH guidelines
  • Provision of Health and Safety advice to teaching staff and students under the direction of the Senior Technician

Additional whole school duties

  • To be trained as a First Aider and take part in the whole school first aid rota
  • To undertake invigilation duties during peak exam season, if required

The training you will be getting

  • Labortatory technician standard level 3
  • Full training will take place in the work place

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Full time position with the company on completion of apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills


GCSE or equivalent English Language or English Literature (Grade 4/C or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 4/C or above) Desired

About the employer

George Stephenson High School is an 11-18 high school with excellent facilities for learning.


George Stephenson High School



Newcastle Upon Tyne

NE12 6SA

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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

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