Apprentice Education Technician THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

The Technical Apprenticeship Programme will provide you with the ability to become the best version of yourself, taking your career with full support to the next level. We will provide you with strong knowledge and skills to support a wide range of laboratories and workshops across some of the world's leading research and teaching facilities.

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

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Closing date: 26 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Starting salary of £22,214

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (variable times to suit workplace requirements) 1 hour for lunch.

    Total hours per week: 35.0

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    28 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

As our apprentice you will receive detailed instruction, information, and training pivotal to the successful implementation of technical support within an educational setting. From dynamic workshops, a makerspace, research institutes, to elaborate laboratory areas across the entire university. You will play a key part in supporting the setup and smooth running of teaching classes and workshops.

Day to day duties will include, but not limited to the following:

  • Setting out equipment in a safe and timely manner for laboratory and workshop classes
  • Maintain and support the management of stock levels
  • Maintain a clean safe working environment for users of the areas
  • Support the development of class materials and equipment as required
  • Follow defined procedures and instructions as directed by your line manager
  • Demonstrate how to safely perform basic processes and procedures
  • Assist with the induction and training of staff, students, and visitors so that they can work safely in controlled and sometimes hazardous environments
  • Solve problems, conduct inspections, and perform basic repairs and planned preventative maintenance to equipment
  • Report equipment that is faulty to minimise disruption to teaching.
  • Take responsibility of resources required for your own work and those of others e.g., maintaining stocks of chemicals, consumables and materials
  • Be responsive, agile, and flexible based on service need e.g., learn new techniques, maintain mandatory training, and seek additional training where appropriate

The training you will be getting

In addition to your level 3 apprenticeship qualification, we offer a unique 2 year apprenticeship programme filled to the brim with a wide range of certified qualifications such as, Producing Components Using Hand Fitting Techniques, Assembling and Testing Electronic Circuits, Electrical Safety and Fundamentals, Test Equipment and Fault Diagnosis, Soldering, Maintaining Mechanical Devices and Equipment. In addition to Safety courses such as, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), Chemicals of Substance Hazardous to Health (COSHH), Safe use of Hand and Power tools, Manual Handling, Portable Appliance Testing.

The initial training is deliberately broad to teach a wide range of technical competencies allowing you time to learn and discover the variety of careers within an everchanging Science and Engineering environment.

Later in your programme you will learn to undertake many key workshop procedures, supporting research, teaching, and infrastructure requirements, independently and competently to support the university.

You will spend a mixture of time working alongside a block and day release course to gain the technical skills required to carry out your duties as a Higher Education Technician. We will provide you with all the necessary tools and equipment, uniform, and robust training to make this the apprenticeship of your choice. 

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Upon completion of the apprenticeship in 2 years’ time, you will have a portfolio of key science and engineering skills and a wealth of varied, relevant experience.


Most apprentices are successful in securing a role with the university or choose to continue their academic studies. Opportunities to progress onto a higher apprenticeship or degree apprenticeship exist for high-performing candidates upon completion of their first apprenticeship with us. Whilst we cannot guarantee a permanent position at the University of Manchester, we endeavour to match apprentices with appropriate vacancies and support them through the entire application process.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Team working, Initiative, Strong work-ethic, Independent working, Interest in STEM subjects, Desire to progress


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 3 or equivalent) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade 3 or equivalent) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 3 or equivalent) Desired

Things to consider

We are strongly committed to promoting equality, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility and encourage all applicants to apply. Our university is positive about flexible working, blended working arrangements may be considered.

About the employer

One of the world’s leading universities built on research and teaching practices, coupled with one of the most respected apprenticeship programmes in the UK. Our programme builds its success’s year-on-year and continues to develop, matching the needs of the university and our community. We are proud of our strong reputation, supporting each of our apprentices with individualised training, specialised projects, and targeted development to build a future career at the cutting edge of technology.




Oxford Road


Greater Manchester

M13 9PL


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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

Education technician (he assistant technician and simulation-based 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 Jul 2024