Design and Technology Technician (Apprenticeship)
The Leigh UTC and Inspiration Academy

Job reference: 003762

Location: The Leigh UTC and Inspiration Academy

Closing date: 09/08/2021

Salary: Actual salary of £15,981 (FTE £18,476)

Employment type: Apprenticeship

Department: Teaching Support

Hours per week: 37 hours per week, Term Time + 2 week inset

Start Date: Late August 2021

About the role: Can you inspire our students in the subject of Design and Technology? Are you passionate about this subject area, keen to find a job where you will love what you do on a daily basis? The Leigh UTC Academy are looking for a Design and Technology Technician (Apprenticeship) to join the academy and to support the teaching and learning of students within this broad department. Our successful candidate will be creative and enthusiastic. This is an ideal role for current Post 16 students or recent school leavers who would like first-hand experience in a paid position within the D&T remit.

Our successful applicant will hold an A Level or equivalent qualification in one or more Design and Technology-related subjects. You'll be an effective communicator and be able to use your initiative. A flexible ‘can do’ attitude is also essential, as is the ability to provide the very best levels of service to all employees and stakeholders in the faculty. Our successful candidate will be committed to helping students achieve to the best of their ability. You will be able to adapt to changing circumstances and embrace new ideas.

This role is offered as a 42-month apprenticeship contract and our successful candidates will work towards a nationally-recognised Level 3 Engineering Technician (Machinist) qualification, delivered by LAT Apprenticeships.  Click here to read more about LAT Apprenticeships.
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Apprenticeship Summary
Annual wage: Variable (dependent on employer)
Working weeks: Monday - Friday throughout the full year
Total hours per week (on average): 37 hours per week (including the 20% training element of the Apprenticeship Programme) + holiday allowance
Apprenticeship duration: 42 months
Start date: September 2021
Apprenticeship level: Level 3
Apprenticeship standard: Engineering Technician
Positions available: Multiple
Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or equivalent, including Mathematics, English and a Science


Working with us: Having opened in September 2014 with state-of-the-art facilities originally for Key Stage 4 and 5, The Leigh UTC provides an exciting, innovative, business-led, problem-solving curriculum, enabling students to achieve relevant work-related qualifications and transferable skills for future training or employment. The most unique feature of The Leigh UTC is its business ethos that are emphasised by our students' behaviours and supported by our sponsors.

In September 2017, following the request of the Department for Education due to our continued success, The Leigh UTC marked history by expanding its student intake to incorporate Key Stage 3 – the first UTC in the UK to do this.  Furthermore, being the first UTC to have IB World School Status has enabled us to develop strong links in Germany and Qatar. Having IB Status will enable us to further develop the mid-years programme (MYP) for our Key Stage 3 students and thus providing a joined-up pathway from ages 11 to 19.  The overarching mission of the Inspiration Academy is to develop curious, academically-skilled young people who aspire to be principled, compassionate learners. Our curriculum strives to create students who are self-motivated, competent, willing to take risks and lifelong learners.

Our key successes and features that our successful candidate can be part of are as follows;

  • The promotion of pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding.
  • Pupils, including the disadvantaged and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, catch up from previous underachievement and make strong and often rapid progress in a range of subjects and disciplines
  • Application to learning is often exemplary.
  • The Leigh UTC makes a real difference for its pupils and surrounding area. Pupils become motivated to find and follow their passions. They leave well equipped to succeed in engineering and related technical and design careers and contribute to the economy.
  • The Principal, with his leaders and staff team, model a high-quality working environment. This rubs off on pupils, who value the supportive ethos, work-like atmosphere.​​​​​​​


Being part of Leigh Academies Trust: As of 1st September 2020, our Trust will comprise 28 geographically organised academies (11 secondaries, 15 primaries and 2 special) educating over 16,000 students, and employing over 2,500 talented staff.  We also have one further secondary academy in the development phase, due to open in September 2021. The Trust is establishing four ‘clusters’ of academies: North West Kent; Central Kent; South East London; Medway. In addition, the Trust is responsible for one of the region’s biggest initial teaching training providers and a large teaching school. Click here to view our future plans in our Vision 2025 document.

As part of Leigh Academies Trust you will have ample opportunity to collaborate with your peers both within the academy and across the whole Trust. This is an important part of our vision as we know through experience that we perform better when we work together. You are supported to undertake regular self-development to continue your professional development and hopefully progress further within the organisation.

Diversity at our core: As a Trust, we are passionate about diversity and recognise that as individuals we all bring something unique to the role regardless of age, gender, race, beliefs or disabilities which is why we treat all of our people equally, without compromise.

The academy is committed to safeguarding children and successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check. Our commitment to safeguarding is underpinned by robust processes and checks which are in place across the Trust.
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Recruitment and hiring during COVID-19: Despite the challenges we face, recruitment and hiring will continue for all Leigh Academies Trust vacancies with as little disruption as possible over the coming weeks and months. This is for all senior, teaching and support staff appointments. Applications will still be reviewed and interviews conducted in a timely manner, although interview activities will vary. If you have any queries or concerns, please get in touch with the LAT Talent Team - talent@latrust.org.uk.

Based on the quality and quantity of applications received, Leigh Academies Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy sooner than the specified closing date. Applicants will be notified of this where possible. Therefore, early applications are encouraged.

 

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