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Apprentice Science Technician


Job description

Nottingham College are looking to recruit an Apprentice Science Technician within the Science & Technology team. This is an exciting training opportunity for an individual who is enthusiastic and motivated.

Nottingham College has a fantastic opportunity for a Science Technician Apprenticeship,

General duties and responsibilities:

  • To contribute to the strategic direction and operational effectiveness of the College
  • Ensure the responsibilities of the post are carried out in a way that reflects the standards, vision and values of the college
  • Deliver on key performance indicators across the College, aiming to deliver continuous improvement
  • Promote the College with employers, sector bodies, schools and the local community, developing effective partnerships with employers, the funding agencies and other representative bodies
  • To proactively promote Safeguarding practice, EDI, Health and Safety and the well-being of all our students and staff
  • To complete and remain up to date with Mandatory Training
  • To participate in the College Professional Development and Review (PDR) Scheme

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Carry out technician and related duties in preparation and development of practical’s in Science
  • Be responsible for providing safe working conditions and safe working practices in accordance with COSHH regulations
  • Ensure all aspects of the Health and Safety Act (1974) are adhered to in the working environment
  • Be responsible for reporting damage; maintaining equipment; organising repairs; and purchasing assets/equipment, including PAT testing where appropriate
  • Assist in the development of new resources
  • Keep abreast of technical developments within the field of Science and Education
  • Supporting the Science team with all aspects of curriculum delivery
  • Liaising with academic staff to discuss timetables, equipment requirements and work plans
  • Running trials of experiments prior to classes and then demonstrating techniques for experiments
  • Preparing equipment and chemicals before lessons - from test tubes to state-of-the-art microscopes
  • Maintaining and repairing equipment and laboratory apparatus
  • Record keeping, e.g. for students' practical sessions, tracking methods, results, etc.
  • Ensuring that equipment is properly cleaned, and that chemicals, glassware and other equipment are appropriately stored
  • Cataloguing recordings and making them available when requested (if the department houses audio visual resources)
  • Supporting the work of teachers in classes and laboratory sessions and giving technical advice to staff
  • Working with individual students and supporting them on project work
  • Managing the stock control of chemicals and equipment
  • Ensuring that all health and safety procedures are understood and followed correctly
  • Coordinating work in the laboratory to ensure efficient use is made of expensive pieces of equipment
  • Work effectively and in accordance with organisational values to achieve the College’s mission and strategic priorities
  • Support, contribute to and take personal responsibility for implementing the College’s commitment to Equality & Diversity
  • Contribute to a culture of continuous improvement through participation in the Professional Development Review process
  • Support and participate in all initiatives to ensure the College has a safe and healthy environment for all students, staff and visitors
  • Carry out other duties that are required within the role as it evolves within the development of the organisation

How to apply for this vacancy

You can apply for this vacancy through the National Apprenticeship Service. If you require any assistance with applying for this vacancy please contact us on 0115 945 7260 or email the apprenticeship team.

Application deadline: 01/06/2020

Possible start date: 03/06/2020

Skills required

Essential knowledge:

  • Good standard of IT literacy, including standard Microsoft Office applications
  • Ability to follow both written and oral instruction accurately and efficiently, both independently and as part of a team
  • Good organisational skills with the ability to prioritise and work to deadlines
  • Good communication skills, with experience of communication through various mediums

Desirable knowledge:

  • Knowledge of relevant software packages e.g. Microsoft Office

Essential skills:

  • Good standard of IT literacy, including standard MS Office applications
  • Ability to follow both written and oral instruction accurately and efficiently, both independently and as part of a team
  • Good organisational skills with the ability to prioritise and work to deadlines
  • Good communication skills, with experience of communication through various mediums

Qualifications required


A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English, science and maths, with a willingness to undertake further study.

Candidate requirements

Happy to attend college in Nottingham City Centre once a week.

Training provided

Level 3 Laboratory Technician apprenticeship standard.

You will complete the following on a day release basis every other week at college:

  • Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Applied Science
  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in maths, English and ICT. Some candidates may be exempt from functional skills subject to meeting qualification requirements
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) portfolio

Future progression

Opportunity for permanent position within Nottingham College.

Additional questions for candidates

During the application process you will be asked the following additional question(s) below. To prepare yourself, have a think about how you might answer them.

Additional question
Please state why you feel you are a good candidate for this apprenticeship.

Employer information

Nottingham College is one of the largest further education college and higher education colleges in the United Kingdom. It is based in the city of Nottingham in England. It provides education and training from pre-entry through to university-degree level, at its 11 centres in the city and around Nottinghamshire.

Address details:

Nottingham College
Nuthall Road, Nuthall Road

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Reference number VAC001630374
Working week Monday - Friday, 09:00 - 17:00.

(37 hours per week)

Expected duration 24 months
Apprenticeship level Advanced
Related course Laboratory Technician - Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3)
Salary £144.30 (Weekly)

Wage explained

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