Education technician apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a college coursean apprenticeshipapplying directly
You can do a college course to improve your chances of finding work. The exact course you take will depend on which subject area you want to work in as a technician.
Some education technicians have a foundation degree or higher national diploma in their specialist area.
- A-Levels in your chosen subject area
- Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science
- Level 3 Diploma in ICT
- Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design
- Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools
- Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
You'll usually need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a Level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a Level 3 course
- 1 or 2 A-Levels, or equivalent, for a higher national certificate or higher national diploma
You may be able to get into this job through a Level 3 apprenticeship in a specialist role, like a lab technician or IT solution technician. You'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths.
You can apply directly for jobs if you've got the right skills and experience.
Employers will expect you to have GCSEs (A* to C), A-Levels or equivalent qualifications in English, maths and usually at least one science subject.
It's becoming more common for technicians to have a relevant higher national diploma, foundation degree or degree, especially for those who work in higher education.
For science roles it may be useful if you have some experience of working in a scientific or technical setting like a lab.
Some schools offer fixed-term technician roles to graduates interested in getting experience of working in the classroom, before going on to teacher training.
Professional and industry bodies
You could join The Association for Science Education or Higher Education and Technician Educational Development for professional development and training opportunities.
Education technician apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
- knowledge of English language
- knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
- knowledge of media production and communication
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to use your initiative
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to pass enhanced background checks
Education technician apprenticeships - what you'll do
In this role you could:
- collect, set up and check equipment for practical lessons
- make sure rooms and resources meet health and safety rules
- support teachers and students during lessons
- put away equipment after lessons
- manage equipment, supplies and budgets
- repair, maintain and modify equipment and teaching aids
You could work at a college, at a school or at a university.
Your working environment may be physically demanding.
You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career path and progression - Education technician apprenticeships
With experience you could become a senior technician, team leader technician, laboratory or studio manager. You could also work as a teaching assistant or train as a teacher.