Job type

Education technician

£15k - £28k

Typical salary

37 – 42

Hours per week

Education technicians support teachers and lecturers of science, art, IT or design and technology by preparing equipment and materials, and helping in practical lessons.

More info

  • Work in education settings supporting subjects where technical equipment and materials are required
  • Share your skills and passion for a subject with others
  • Work can often be term-time only

As an education technician you could work in schools, colleges or universities.

DAY-TO-DAY DUTIES

  • Deliver, set up and check equipment
  • 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 With experience you could become a senior technician, team leader technician, laboratory or studio manager. You could also train as a teacher.

DAY-TO-DAY ENVIRONMENT

Start and finish times can vary and evening or weekend work may be required. Many jobs are term time only. You'll spend most of your time in teaching rooms, studios or laboratories. The job will usually involve carrying equipment between different rooms. You may need to wear protective clothing.

You'll need

This role requires practical skills in science, art, IT or design and technology, the ability to safely use and maintain technical equipment, and planning and organisational skills.

There are no set requirements for this role but you'll usually need GCSEs (A* to C or grade 4) or equivalent in English, maths and science.

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. Courses include: Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science, Level 3 Diploma in ICT, Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design and Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Applied Chemistry.

Some education technicians will also get a foundation degree or higher national diploma in their specialist area.

It may be useful if you have some experience of working in a scientific or technical setting like a lab.

Alternatively, you may be able to get into this job through an advanced apprenticeship in a specialist role, like a lab technician or IT solution technician.

You'll need to pass background checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for this role.

CAREER PROSPECTS

With experience you could become a senior technician, team leader technician, laboratory or studio manager. You could also train as a teacher.