Skills for new technicians NY601 / C21

Start date
11 Jul 22
6 Days
National STEM Learning Centre, Siwards Way, York YO10 5DD How to find us


This course will provide a thorough grounding in the science technician profession and is suitable for those new to the role within a school or college. Through a range of intensive hands-on sessions we will explore the necessary basic skills a science technician needs to effectively prepare practical lessons.

The course is split into two three-day residential periods. The first part concentrates on core technical skills and includes sessions on health and safety, solutions and gas making, glass working, soldering, greenhouse science, microbiology, repairing equipment and working as a science technician.

The second residential period introduces further practical skills in chemistry, biology, physics and electronics with  an additional health and safety session on manual handling and fire safety.

This course includes an online component to extend and embed your CPD. It will provide you with support whilst back at school or college, and enable you to collaborate with others and to share experiences and resources. You will receive support to enable you to complete your action plan or gap task and you will also be able to access the online learning community after this period. The online component is an integral part of the course and has been included in the fee and the associated ENTHUSE Bursary. Normal terms and conditions apply.

Who is it for?

Suitable for those new to the role of secondary science technician within a school or college, this CPD activity provides a thorough grounding in the science technician profession.

What topics are covered?

  • Basic technical science department skills
  • Basic biology, chemistry, physics, datalogging and biotechnology skills
  • How to support a STEM club
  • Understand fire safety
  • Preproom management

How will you learn?

Face to face learning at the National STEM Learning Centre in York

How long is this course?

Six days across two residential periods

Who is the course leader?

  • Helen Rose

    In my heart I am a science technician although my passion is for physics. I am Professional Development Leader for technicians and I have been a...


By the end of this course you will be able to:
  • work towards successfully implementing the new skills and knowledge acquired on the course
  • describe and apply policies, procedures and actions that will lead to an effective and efficient technical service
  • describe and explain safety implications and how to address them
  • understand the roles and responsibilities of a science technicians in education


Day 1 - Skills for new technicians11 July 202211:00-19:00National STEM Learning Centre
Day 2 - Skills for new technicians12 July 202209:00-19:00National STEM Learning Centre
Day 3 - Skills for new technicians13 July 202209:00-16:00National STEM Learning Centre
Day 4 - Skills for new technicians10 October 202211:00-19:00National STEM Learning Centre
Day 5 - Skills for new technicians11 October 202209:00-19:00National STEM Learning Centre
Day 6 - Skills for new technicians12 October 202209:00-16:00National STEM Learning Centre


This is a residential course, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course.

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Additional information

If the course you would like to attend is fully booked, please contact to express your interest in being added to a waiting list. We will contact you when the course is due to run again.

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