Vacancy Details - Oldham College

Apprentice ICT Professional

About the employer: Bare Trees Primary School opened as a new school in January 2008 following the amalgamation of Bare Trees Infant and Junior schools and is a very successful school, judged by Ofsted to be outstanding. With 645 pupils in our school and nursery, we are a large, happy and very busy school.
Overview of the role (what will the learner be doing and what will the learner gain): The Apprentice ICT Technician is an important part of the ICT team. Bare Trees is increasingly dependent on its ICT systems working properly and efficiently. An overview of the role is to maintain hardware and software used by staff and pupils in the school and to provide technical advice on ICT matters as they relate to the school. To support teachers in developing the use of ICT to support the curriculum.
Training to be provided (Qualifications to be gained):

Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in ICT Hardware & Networking / Software Development / Web Development
Desired skills:

The ideal candidate will have great:

Interpersonal skills to build effective working relationships with pupils and staff across the school.
Communication skills to give advice and guidance to others both spoken and in writing.
Analytical skills to investigate problems and information, drawing conclusions and making recommendations for action
Organisational skills to prioritise own workload and complete tasks to required deadlines.
Desired personal qualities:

The ideal candidate will:

Have strong attention to detail
Be punctual
Possess a strong desire to learn and grow with the business
Future prospects:
Permanent employment
Next level of apprenticeship

Vacancy description:
KEY TASKS – Supporting Teachers and Pupils

1. Assist the teacher by supporting individuals or groups of pupils during practical aspects of learning. (This may include extra-curricular/IT activities)

2. Provide information, advice and assistance for teachers, pupils and other members of staff on the basic use and setting up of computer equipment, software and procedures.

3. Assist with the production of material and equipment required for teaching as requested, including photocopying, printing, downloading of material, work sheets and help sheets.

KEY TASKS – Technical ICT Support

4. Set up equipment such as laptops, data projectors, interactive whiteboards, sound systems and other specialist ICT equipment, ensuring that systems are ready for use and operating correctly.

5. Maintain ICT installations, peripherals and software; restoring faults, replace consumables, updating software and setting up new equipment.

6. Detect, diagnose and resolve basic computer, server and peripheral device faults. Interpret diagnostic information, prioritise resolutions and determine if external support is required.

7. Follow a schedule of ICT maintenance activities across the school, making amendments as appropriate for additional tasks/requests.

8. Support data integrity within the school.

9. Make suggestions for improvement and efficiency as appropriate.

KEY TASKS – Health & Safety/Safeguarding

10. Work to and give guidance to others on the ICT acceptable use policy. This could include guidance on ICT issues relating to e-Safeguarding.

11. Implement school back-up, virus protection and security policies including staff and pupil access to data and files. Note risks to ICT systems and suggest precautions.

12. Ensure that basic safety checks are carried out and escalate problems as required, maintain necessary records. Contribute to the writing and reviewing risk assessments associated with using ICT and operating ICT equipment.

13. Ensure the safe disposal of obsolete equipment, used consumables and waste materials in line with recognised procedures and legal requirements.

KEY TASKS – Administration

14. Assist in the maintenance of an up-to-date inventory of ICT software & licences in school. Assist with the security of equipment and asset labelling as necessary.

15. Operate an efficient system for stocking, storing and distributing items used in the Department/School, including any associated record keeping.

16. Receive and check deliveries and associated invoices, notify the appropriate person of any discrepancies.

17. Track expenditure against budget and produce simple estimates for planned expenditure on consumables.

18. Record loans of ICT equipment. Replace consumables and monitor usage in ICT areas. Keep a log of the types of faults fixed and investigated to refer to if similar errors/faults reoccur.

19. Assist with the design and production of school documentation such as newsletters, prospectuses, posters, leaflets, letterheads etc.

20. Provide management information as requested by the IT Manager/Business Manager.


1. To understand the importance of inclusion, equality and diversity, both when working with pupils and with colleagues, and to promote equal opportunities for all.

2. To uphold and promote the values and the ethos of the school.

3. To uphold the policies, procedures and codes of practice of the School, including relating to finance, data protection, ICT, health & safety, anti-bullying and safeguarding/child protection.

4. To take a pro-active approach to health and safety, working with others in the school to minimise and mitigate potential hazards and risks, and actively contribute to the security of the school, e.g. challenging a stranger on the premises.

5. To participate and engage with workplace learning and development opportunities, subject to the school’s training plan, working to continually improve own performance and that of the team/school.

6. To attend and participate in relevant meetings as appropriate.

7. To undertake any other additional duties commensurate with the grade of the post.

Desired qualifications Maths GCSE grade 9 – 4 (A-C)
English GCSE grade 9 – 4 (A-C)
IT related qualification

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2. Question 2 (optional)
Are you able to travel to Oldham College 1 day per week?

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Do you have Maths and English GCSE grades 9 – 4 (A-C)

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