Science Technician

We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic science technician who will support the practical and technical aspects of the science curriculum by preparing, providing, maintaining, organising and managing the resources required for healthy, safe and secure, exciting practical activities to be carried out by staff and learners.

In this role you will:

  • Maintain teaching laboratories, preparation rooms and equipment in a safe and efficient state, in accordance with statutory regulations and the College Health & Safety Policy.
  • Ensure that laboratories and the preparation room are kept tidy and in a suitable state for carrying out practical experiments. This will include cleaning and maintaining apparatus and glassware in cupboards and drawers. Some cleaning of bench surfaces and sinks will be necessary after practical sessions to prevent chemical or microbiological contamination.
  • Liaise with the teaching staff for the apparatus needs of lessons and ensure that equipment is in working order.
  • Prepare and set out materials and equipment for staff demonstrations and Learner experiments, as requested by the teaching staff.
  • Support teaching staff in working with learners on specific projects – this may involve the construction of special equipment and preparation of chemicals.
  • Control and monitor stocks of consumables and apparatus and re-order as appropriate, checking orders against invoices and disposal of surplus material or equipment.
  • Liaise with teachers in testing and developing new experiments.
  • Prepare materials for external practical assessments as required by the examination board, ensuring their security and confidentially at all times.

Deborah Allen, Head of Faculty for Caring Professions says “This is an exciting opportunity for a forward thinking professional with a strong background in science to join the Faculty of Caring Professions. We offer a range of science courses including GCSE’s, BTEC and T levels. You will become part of a thriving and well established science team to support and inspire our learners to maintain our high grades profile”

Joining our Journey:

When you join our college, our colleagues have access to numerous benefits and facilities:  

  • Generous Pension Scheme  
  • Employee Assistance Scheme
  • Enhanced Maternity/Paternity provision
  • Staff Development days throughout the year
  • Free confidential counselling service
  • Staff recognition awards
  • Subsidised car parking
  • On-site Day Nursery
  • On-site hair and beauty salon

Oldham College is a great career choice for ambitious professionals. With a “good” Ofsted rating, one of the best apprenticeship programmes in the region, excellent 16-18 results and truly outstanding GCSE English results, we are already a high performer.

But we want to deliver much more than this.  Our ambition is to be “The Best Place to Learn and Work” and we have a clear Strategic Plan which sets out what this means and what we will do to deliver it.  We will keep on improving and innovating, and we are investing in new provision, new facilities, and new technology; including our state-of-the-art clinical simulation suite.

Oldham College is a medium sized general further education college, with a turnover of almost £25m. It has one main campus in the centre of town, and this in the third phases of a £40m redevelopment which began in 2012.   Higher education is taught on a second, dedicated campus, a short walk away.   The College delivers a full range of work-related education and training, including 16-18 programmes of study, T levels, apprenticeships, adult learning and higher education.  It has over 5000 full-time students and 600 undergraduates.  

The College is in the top quartile for 16-18 programmes of study and English GCSE resits, and in apprenticeship provision, but is the second highest performing provider Greater Manchester. The quality of its higher education provision is better than many established universities.

We expect a lot from you, so we want ambitious, open minded candidates, who are ready to give their best.  But we give a lot in return, from training to pensions, our own benefits package, and one of the best and most helpful group of colleagues you could ever wish to meet.  

The role will require you to embed and work to the college’s values; working with Integrity, having Ambition to help our learners succeed and being Inclusive to learners and colleagues alike.

Further details including a Person Specification are included within the attached job description

Closing date 12th August but could close sooner due to a high number of applicants

For further information about the role including job description and application form please visit the vacancies section of our website via the apply link.