Sheffield, South Yorkshire
£19,554 - £21,589 Per annum
Salary is dependent on experience, training or qualifications. The minimum experience, training or qualifications required for this position are outlined below.
January 2021 Start.
We are seeking an active and forward-thinking Science Technician to work within a large Secondary School in Sheffield on a permanent basis. The Science Technician will provide a comprehensive efficient and effective range of technical support to meet the needs of the department. This will include preparation and maintenance of resources, ordering of supplies and supporting both staff and students in the classroom. You will need to be enthusiastic, flexible, and confident in supporting practical work to A level. We are recruiting for two vacancies one ideally suited for a Biology specialist and one ideally suited for a Chemistry specialist, however specific departmental training will be provided where appropriate, and you may also be required to work across all science departments.
To be considered for the position of Science Technician, you must:
Be able to prepare equipment and materials for lessons as requested by Teachers.
Be competent in handling, manipulating, and maintaining equipment and resources.
Be able to carry out and follow risk assessments in relation to laboratory work.
Can identify work priorities and manage own workload effectively.
Be able to demonstrate the capacity to make sound judgements consistently.
Can provide professional guidance and assistance to students and teachers on practical aspects of the curriculum.
Be able to maintain accurate work records and inventories both paper and computer based.
Can handle and move equipment and resources around the building.
Be Educated to GCSE Grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science.
Can evidence well-developed ICT skills.
Can work calmly under pressure.
Be a professional role model.
Be flexible, committed, reliable and approachable with the ability to work as part of a team or on own initiative.
Have good communication and interpersonal skills and be reflective about own performance and constantly strive for improvement.
A commitment to the responsibility of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people.
Hold A-Level Science(s) or a Science based Degree
Have detailed knowledge of safe working practices in relation to laboratory work.
Have detailed knowledge of COSHH regulations relating to safe handling and storage of chemicals.
Have experience of working in a Laboratory setting.
Have experience of working in a school or education environment.
Be NVQ2 LATA trained (equivalent or similar accreditations welcomed)
Vision for Education is committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults. We take our responsibilities extremely seriously. All staff we register will undertake thorough interviewing and referencing checks and hold, or be prepared to undergo, an Enhanced DBS check that must be registered on the Update Service.
Key Responsibility Areas:
To be responsible for the curriculum resources of the science department, to the standards required by the school, trust and any appropriate external bodies. This will include but is not limited to:
Support for Students
Support students in accessing appropriate resources, materials and learning activities under the guidance of relevant teaching colleagues.
Support for the Teacher
Create and maintain a purposeful, safe, orderly and productive working environment
Timely and accurate preparation and use of specialist equipment, resources and materials as required by staff, the curriculum/lesson plans.
Maintain accurate records as required by the department and assist with the operation, maintenance and development of administrative procedures relating to technical duties within the school.
Ensure a healthy & safe working environment for both staff and students in line with school expectations and health & safety working practices.
Support for the Curriculum
Monitor, manage and order stock and supplies, under the direction of the Head of Department
Maintain departmental risk registers, asset registers & inventories etc.
Maintenance of specialist equipment & resources, check for quality/safety, undertake safety checks, cleaning, repairs/modifications within own capabilities and report other damages/needs
Demonstrate and assist others in the safe and effective use of specialist equipment/materials.
Maintain safety records and review risk assessment documentation as required
Adapt quickly to the changing needs and demands of the curriculum
Undertake structured and agreed learning activities/teaching programmes
Ensure departmental display boards, safety notices and leaflet displays etc. are kept up to date as directed by the Head of Department.
About Vision for Education
Vision for Education is a market-leading education recruitment and supply agency committed to the learning and development of young people. We are an employer of choice for high-quality primary, secondary and SEND teaching and support staff. We have branches across the country, and we are part of the world-renowned education company Tes Global.
What Vision for Education offer
As a valued employee of Vision for Education, you will receive:
Excellent daily rates paid weekly by our in-house Payroll team using the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) system.
Guaranteed pay scheme (to commence when schools re-open, subject to availability and qualifying criteria).
Pension contributions (subject to a qualifying period).
Full compliance with AWR (Agency Workers’ Regulations), to make sure you get the pay and working conditions you are entitled to.
FREE online EduCare training package worth £390, including 38 accredited safeguarding and duty of care online courses.
Generous refer a friend or colleague bonus scheme.
Access to a dedicated consultant, who will provide ongoing support.
How to apply
If you are a Technician who is adept in either Biology or Chemistry and health and safety conscious and would like the challenge of working in a demanding and rewarding environment, then we want to hear from you.
Apply today via this website, or for more information about this role and other opportunities across Vision for Education, please contact our Sheffield team on (phone number removed).
Due to the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure we are fully compliant with Government guidance relating to social distancing, interviews with shortlisted candidates will take place by video call.