Apprentice Science Technician
Purpose of the job:
Manor Croft Academy are looking to appoint an Apprentice Science Technician to join our academy team in October 2021. You will work under supervision and direction, support teaching and learning in the Department on a day to day basis as directed by the Head of Department.
The salary is £5 per hour (above the national apprenticeship rate).
Manor Croft Academy has undergone a significant transformation in recent years; resultantly, it now boasts some of the best levels of progress across the region (+0.79). Our learners demonstrate a relentless desire to succeed and show high levels of engagement, interest and resilience when learning new skills and knowledge. Behaviour and focus in classrooms is truly outstanding.
This is a fantastic opportunity for an individual to join one of the most improved and now oversubscribed academies in the country with some of the best outcomes in the north of England. An academy with a culture of professional learning and reflection and one which works effectively with its community to bring about sustainable improvements.
We look forward to you joining our dedicated and supportive team.
Visits to the academy would be warmly welcomed by appointment. Please contact the academy on 01924 325230 if you would like to arrange a visit.
Responsibilities and accountabilities:
Under supervision and direction:
- Organise apparatus and resources prior to lessons, including the construction, preparation and checking of any specialist equipment.
- Assist with the duties of absent colleagues and ensure work left by absent teachers is delivered to the classroom as well as any other resources prior to the start of the lesson.
- Oversee the storage and replacement of resources required for the delivery of science.
- Assist teaching staff as required in the demonstration of practical work.
- Ensure the safety of equipment, laboratories and preparation areas, including:
- Annual testing of science apparatus
- Daily visual checks of gas, electricity and water supplies and turning them off at the end of each day
- Safe storage of hazardous apparatus
- Monitoring and maintenance of hazardous sources
- Maintain accurate inventories of departmental resources.
- Assess future stock requirements and place orders as required for departmental resources and stationery.
- Carry out routine maintenance and minor repairs within the department and liaise with Line Manager regarding more serious maintenance issues.
- Clean and remove apparatus at the end of each lesson.
- Review and reorganise the storage of apparatus on a regular basis.
- Take an active role in ensuring all Health and Safety procedures are met.
- Liaise with other departments and outside agencies in line with the Academy Development Plan.
- Participate in appropriate meetings relevant to the above duties.
- Be aware of and work in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018, including the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) 2018.
- Understand and comply with the statutory guidance regarding safeguarding of children, ensuring the safeguarding and promotion of children’s welfare at all times, reporting any concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Officer immediately.
- Comply with the Trust and academy’s policies and procedures at all times.
Under supervision, undertake other reasonable duties (with competence and experience) as requested, in accordance with the changing needs of the organisation.
There is an expectation you will attend all college sessions and complete assignments on time.
External: Contractors, suppliers, parents, external agency professionals.
Internal: Students, staff, AAB members, parents and any other visitors to the Academy.
This job description may be subject to change, following consultation between the post holder and the Academy.
The Trust is committed to safeguarding the welfare of its students and the successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate and checks of the relevant barred list / prohibition lists.
Experience and Knowledge
Key: A = Application, I = Interview And Assessment, R = Reference, C = Certificate
- GCSE Maths and English grades C or above (or equivalent) (A/C)
- Willingness and ability to obtain and/or enhance qualifications and training for development in the post (A/I)
- Excellent communication and listening skills (A/I/R)
- Ability to respect and maintain confidentiality (A/I/R)
- Working knowledge of standard computer packages (word processing, email and spreadsheets) (A/I/R)
- Ability to prioritise and manage own workload to meet appropriate deadlines (A/I/R)
- Efficient and effective organisational skills (A/I/R)
- Ability to relate to students in a pleasant and sympathetic manner and to recognise potential child safeguarding issues (A/I/R)
- Ability to work constructively as part of a team (A/I/R)
- Commitment to self and team development (A/I)
- Work in ways that promote equality of opportunity, participation, diversity and responsibility (A/I)
- A commitment to abide by and promote the Academy’s Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and Child Protection Policies (A/I)
- A professional responsibility to promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young people (A/I)
- The post holder will require an enhanced DBS (C)
- Previous experience of working with young people preferably in a school setting (A/I)
- Previous experience within the specific curriculum area, in particular experience in electronics and/or physics would be an advantage (A/I)
- Understanding of Academy child safeguarding procedures (A/I/R)