School Based Technician Apprentice (Science and DT) – Forest Gate Community School

Vacancy description

About the employer

Forest Gate Community School

We provide students with a high degree of challenge combined with excellent support and as a result our results are outstanding. Our staff share a commitment to delivering interesting and engaging lessons and to raising attainment. Relationships between staff and students are excellent and discipline is very good. We treat one another with respect and understanding.

Key Tasks and Accountabilities

Key tasks and accountabilities are intended to be a guide to the range and level of work expected of the postholder.  This is not an exhaustive list of all tasks that may fall to the postholder and employees will be expected to carry out such other reasonable duties which may be required from time to time.



  • To carry out general support tasks across the school departments as directed by the Senior Technician. To work to a school agreed system for allocating tasks and to maintain true and accurate records of work done including time taken.
  • To carry out specialist tasks in the Science and DT Departments as timetabled by the Senior Technician.
  • Preparing apparatus, equipment, materials and solutions for use in practical classes.
  • Setting up, retrieving and clearing away class apparatus.
  • Maintenance, construction and repair (or organise the repair) of equipment.
  • Liaising with science teachers in developing classroom practical equipment.
  • To be responsible for maintaining an inventory of all stock, including materials and equipment within the DT department.
  • Liaising with the senior science technician in ordering chemicals, resources and other equipment as required.
  • Checking, maintaining and keeping up to date records of stock levels and other resources so as to enable the smooth function of the science department.
  • Overall maintenance of the equipment contained in science laboratories, reporting any faults to the senior science technician.
  • In liaison with the senior science technician organisation and storage of scientific equipment, apparatus and other resources so as to facilitate efficient storage systems.
  • Safe and secure storage of chemicals in line with health and safety regulations.
  • Disposal of laboratory waste material such as chemicals, biological waste and other organic materials in line with health and safety guidelines.
  • Providing, where appropriate, support and technical advice to science teachers.
  • To supervise students in practical activities as required by the Head of Department.
  • To prepare classrooms for lessons including setting out and clearing away equipment.
  • Participating in the maintenance of security and health and safety standards essential in secondary school science departments, in accordance with school, Community schools trust and nationally recognised guidelines (e.g., COSHH).
  • Attending and contributing to science department meetings, as set out on the school calendar.
  • To check stock levels and take action to price and advise the Head of Department accordingly.
  • In liaison with the senior science technician organising and supporting the department in setting up and running the annual Prospective Parents Evening.
  • Putting up pre-prepared display materials in the department and associated areas, so as to facilitate the high standards and appearance of the department
  • To file the departmental worksheets, resources, module and end of unit tests.
  • Administering the cover work of absent teachers
  • Routine administration duties, essential to the general efficient operation of the department.
  • To undertake such training as required to ensure the appropriate level of technical knowledge is maintained.
  • To keep up to date with current H&S legislation and codes of practice including COSHH regulations.
  • To operate machinery when trained and to support students with the operation of that machinery.
  • Organise and tidy working areas e.g. classroom and stockroom to keep them safe, and to ensure they comply with Health and Safety regulations including Environmental Health.


To undertake other such duties, within the competence of the post holder, as may be required from time to time.


Desired skills

  • Good communication skills
  • Well organised and capable of organising equipment, filing systems, etc.
  • ICT skills, including using MS Outlook, Word, Excel and Google Docs.

Personal qualities

  • Experience of similar technical work or a demonstrable enthusiasm to learn
  • Experience of simple electrical or mechanical repairs desirable
  • Experience of making simple chemical solutions desirable
  • The ability to relate well to a wide range of people within the School community
  • Cheerful disposition with a good sense of humour
  • The ability to work co-operatively in a small team
  • Smart appearance
  • The initiative to improve systems and working practices
  • The ability to prioritise jobs
  • The ability to work co-operatively in a small team

Desired qualifications

  • The preferred candidate will have achieved a Grade C/4 or higher in GCSE English and Maths, or an equivalent such as Functional Skills Level 2
  • Knowledge of science to A level
  • GCSE in English and Maths essential
  • Experience of similar technical work or a demonstrable enthusiasm to learn
  • Experience of simple electrical or mechanical repairs desirable
  • Experience of making simple chemical solutions desirable

Future prospects

It is likely that successful apprentices will take up positions in education establishments such schools, colleges and universities as laboratory or science technicians working to support senior teachers and lecturers in setting up and running educational experiments and carrying out research. Others options include being involved in maintaining experimental