The Costello School, Basingstoke – Laboratory Technician (Level 3)

Your next step towards your dream career…


Apply by: 7th  July 2021


When? Monday to Friday, 37 hours per week (term time only)

Where? Basingstoke

For how long? 24 months

How much? You’ll earn 9157.5 – £11,655  a year, plus you will receive all the training and support you need to become a qualified Level 3 Laboratory Technician.



You’ll join The Costello School as an apprentice Laboratory Technician for a fixed period of 24 months.



Bohunt Education Trust (BET) is an ambitious, high achieving multi-academy trust based in the South of England.  BET currently comprises of eight schools: The Costello School, Bohunt School and Sixth Form in Liphook, The Petersfield School, Priory School in Southsea, Bohunt Wokingham, Bohunt Horsham, Steyning Grammar School and Bohunt Worthing.  We are passionately committed to inspiring children and young people.  Central to BET’s ethos of ‘enjoy, respect, achieve’ is introducing innovation that works.


You’ll have the support of a mentor, a colleague whose job it is to keep an eye on your training and development in the role.


You’ll also devote about 20% of your time to working towards a Level 3 Laboratory Technician. You’ll be trained by an expert tutor from Tiro, who will make sure you develop the knowledge, skills, and work habits you’ll need to succeed in your apprenticeship.


More details:

Your role will mainly involve offering technical support to the senior technician(s), ensuring that equipment is functioning and ready for use, and that the correct materials are available for lessons.

Other duties may include;

  • Assembling apparatus
  • Collecting, checking, and returning equipment to stores.
  • Taking care of laboratory equipment and apparatus.
  • Carrying out and arranging for maintenance and repair of resources.
  • Constructing and modifying apparatus
  • General laboratory cleaning (bench surfaces and fixed equipment)
  • Organising and storing chemicals and equipment
  • Stocktaking chemicals and/or equipment
  • Disposing of waste materials
  • Caring for plants and/or classroom animals
  • Trialling practical activities
  • Checking and repairing textbooks
  • Obtaining materials by local purchase
  • Assisting in practical classes
  • Keeping up to date with developments in practical science
  • Keeping up to date with Health and safety requirements
  • Carrying out Health and Safety checks on Laboratories, prep rooms, and stores.
  • Carrying out routine safety checks.


Who we’re looking for:


  • Problem solving – considers problems from all perspectives and offers up suitable solutions. Builds on the ideas of others to encourage creative problem solving.
  • Decision making – able to tell the difference between important and irrelevant information to reach a conclusion. Can make decisions independently.
  • Teamwork – an effective team player. Identify opportunities to support in the delivery of shared goals. Show a strong team ethic.
  • Communication – an excellent written and verbal communicator capable of interacting with stakeholders internal and external to the business. Can distil complex issues into simple, understandable language.



  • Able to work calmly and effectively within the team
  • Also able to work independently
  • Organised
  • Flexible
  • Adaptable
  • Results orientated
  • Able to prioritise
  • Resilient under pressure
  • Enthusiasm for and commitment to the achievement of the School’s overall vision
  • Keen interest in science
  • Able to follow instructions



  • GCSE grade C or above in English, Maths, and at least one Science.



What next?

  • Eligibility to R.Sci. Tech Status
  • Realistic prospect on continued employment and career development


Once you’ve completed your apprenticeship, you may be offered a more permanent job with The Costello School. If not, your qualification will open doors elsewhere in a related field. Or you might decide to move on to a higher-level apprenticeship.