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Apprenticeship training course

Education technician (he assistant technician and simulation-based technician) (level 3)

Provide skilled technical support in teaching, learning and research environments.

Qualification level
Equivalent to A level.
Typical duration
24 months
Apprenticeship category
Education and early years
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Assistant technician
  • Clinical simulation technicians
  • Clinical skills technician
  • Junior technician
  • Simulation technicians
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Identify, prepare and lay out/set up relevant required materials/ equipment /machinery /tools using relevant protocols/Standard Operating Procedures for the purposes of teaching, learning or research activities within their area of responsibility.
  • Clearing up materials/ equipment /machinery /tools using relevant protocols and Standard Operating Procedures specific to clearing up.
  • Work safely, complying with relevant Health and Safety and local regulations or policies and protocols, escalating issues where relevant.
  • Demonstrate or facilitate and supervise the use of materials/ equipment /machinery /tools and equipment to meet the needs of the audience
  • Respond to specific enquiries about appropriate protocols and Standard Operating Procedures, basic techniques and equipment and their safe use and being able to escalate to senior technical colleagues when further clarification is required
  • Manufacture, construct or assemble both standard and bespoke components and demonstrate how these components integrate into larger teaching, learning and research systems and equipment.
  • Use creative thinking and problem solving to build on existing or new ideas in the teaching, learning or research environment based on expertise and context.
  • Monitor and deliver key activities such as reactive maintenance and where required repair of equipment, safety compliance, infection control during a practical class and completing accurate records in relation to the activity.
  • Identifying the needs and then fulfil the needs of a person or group requiring information, documentation or resource - such as a student unsure of a piece of equipment during a laboratory, studio or workshop teaching session.
  • Carry out basic repairs in line with specified protocols/Standard Operating Procedures and keep accurate records where appropriate. Refer more complex or critical repairs where appropriate.
  • Planning, monitoring and maintaining appropriate stocks of materials and equipment including budgeting and costing as required.
  • Prepare documentation and materials for all types of wider teaching or learning or research activities and events as required.
  • Communicate with key stakeholders (such as students, academics, clinicians or research staff, the general public, businesses, professional services staff and technical colleagues) using a range of techniques such as email, visual posters, verbal instructions to support teaching, research, wider activities.
  • Use and apply current and emerging technologies and techniques such as microscopy, 3D printing, robotics, use of lasers or light to create a range of images, automated screen printing, or virtual reality to support teaching, learning and research.
  • Working at times under time pressure to raise and resolve areas of concern such as malfunctioning equipment, always working safely and to best practice.
  • Being able to adapt to changing priorities related to both their own work and to the organisation, showing the flexibility to maintain high standards in a changing environment.
  • Organising own work and achieving required results within deadlines.
  • Apply safe working practices such as manual handling, risk assessments and infection control audits.
  • Facilitate, support and participate in internal or external events such as conferences, exhibitions, public engagements and open days.
  • Evaluate the delivery of demonstrations or facilitation for relevant activities such as setting up bespoke equipment for a practical demonstration by getting feedback from students, colleagues and make changes to practise as identified and appropriate.
  • Undertake data collection, data analysis, data presentation and date storage, in line with legislation, local policies and procedures, such as room usage, student footfall, inventories of equipment or experimental data.
  • Use of IT technologies such as management information systems

Full information on Education technician (he assistant technician and simulation-based technician) (level 3) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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