Apprentice Assistant Caretaker COMMUNITY ACADEMIES TRUST

To undertake a range of duties under the direction of the Assistant School Business Manager for the care, cleanliness, safety and security of the site

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Closing date: 30 Sep 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    37 hours per week, worked flexibly between Monday to Friday 6am to 7pm. Some weekend work may be required by prior arrangement. Full year employment, apprenticeship programme over 12 months.

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    03 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Responsible to the Site Supervisor for the care, cleanliness and security of the school site.  Based mainly at The Polesworth School, but part of a wider team across the North Warwickshire CAT School hub.

  • The post has some impact on the well-being of individuals or groups (i.e. physical, mental, social, health and safety).
  • The post supervises, checks work, instructs or trains a small number of staff.
  • The post has no (or limited) direct responsibility for financial resources other than occasional handling small amounts of cash, processing cheques, invoices etc.
  • The post has considerable responsibility for cleaning, maintenance and repair of a range of equipment or buildings   and/or responsibility for security of buildings.


  • Routine and non-routine opening and closing and security of premises and grounds (although closing & emergency reaction will be undertaken by an external contractor).
  • Assist in carrying out security procedures for the school buildings and grounds
  • Assisting in prevention of trespass on the premises
  • Assist to ensure unauthorised parking of vehicles does not occur.


  • Monitoring of work to cleaners
  • Checking work is of standard required
  • Carry out cleaning of own designated area to the required standard, where applicable
  • Stripping and retreating floors when necessary


  • Checking safety of site and ensuring the removal and safe disposal of hazards


  • Responsible for maintenance and repair of basic tools and equipment
  • Carry out minor or temporary maintenance and repairs of building
  • Report items, repairs, maintenance work that is required and is beyond the competence of the caretaking staff
  • Report damage as appropriate
  • Boiler room maintenance
  • Direct contractors to sites of repair and maintenance work
  • Inspect work of contractors where a satisfaction note required.
  • Operate heating plant to maintain certain temperatures and ensure adequate supply of hot water available
  • Carry out frost precaution procedures and procedures in event of fire, flood, breaking and entering, accident or major damage
  • Ensure drains and gullies are inspected to ensure they are free flowing and clean, dealing with blockages as necessary
  • Ensure that caretaking and cleaning equipment is in a safe and working condition


  • Receive delivery of stock, materials etc, ensuring appropriate storage and distribution.
  • Ensure adequate supply of fuel, light bulbs and janitorial materials are available and distribution.


  • Provide emergency access in the event of snow or minor flooding or similar emergency situations
  • Ensure playing areas and paths are free from litter


  • Move equipment, resources, furniture as required (e.g. for examinations)
  • Assist Site Supervisor in undertaking risk assessments and any other duties as directed.

Support for the school

  • Contribute to the School’s responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people
  • Contribute to the overall ethos, work and mission statement of the school
  • Undertake any other duties appropriate within the grading of the post, including wider support and cover as requested for other colleagues within the wider team.
  • Positively contribute to the objectives and aims of Community Academies Trust

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Able to carry out routine tasks, under direction with limited supervision.
  • Able to carry out instructions from others.
  • Able to learn techniques relating to site matters and to use equipment after training.
  • Willing and able to work outdoors, in differing weather conditions and prolonged periods of standing/walking.
  • No previous experience required.

Personal qualities

  • Able to carry out procedures, routines and follow instructions.
  • Able to use a computer and use basic software packages;
  • Willing and able to complete all learning and assessment requirements of the relevant framework or standard;
  • Able to establish good working relationships with colleagues, pupils, parents and outside agencies;
  • Ability to travel to work location without assistance;
  • Good time-keeping and time management;
  • A commitment to the work ethic.

Qualifications required

  • A minimum of GCSE pass Grade C in English and Maths. 
  • A candidate who does not meet these criteria may be provided with additional support in order to achieve this minimum standard.
  • Other qualifications, specific to role, may be required.

Future prospects

For the right person, progression routes are available.

Things to consider

Your professional development is very important to us. We have a supportive induction programme and a range of systems to help you continue to develop as a professional. As part of our commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children you will be required to undertake an enhanced criminal record check via the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS). It will be a requirement of the role that the successful candidate will receive First Aid training relevant to the environment and will be expected to conduct first aid duties within school for staff and students. The apprenticeship programme will be supported by training organised within school, to enable candidates to fully participate within school and their Department. This will include Child Protection training, a general staff induction and Department specific technical training. -Promote and safeguard the welfare of students you come into contact with; -Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health & safety and security, confidentiality and data protection. Report concerns to an appropriate person. Full training will be given. -The school has strict guidelines and a Staff Code of Conduct relating to numerous items, in particular with regard to the use of technology, social media and appearance; -Contribute to the overall ethos, work and aims of the school; -Appreciate and support the work of others in school; -Attend and participate in meetings, training and other activities relevant to your role; -Adopt a flexible and co-operative attitude to the work environment; -Assist with pupil needs as appropriate during the school day.

About the employer

The Polesworth School is an Outstanding and thriving 11-18 comprehensive with a dynamic sixth form that is very popular and well regarded by its North Warwickshire community. It is a founder member and lead school of the Community Academies Trust – A DFE sponsor and newly formed and growing academy chain. We have also been designated as a National Teaching School. OFSTED recognizes the exceptional levels of academic success, care, welfare and relationships that exist across our school. Important additional school information The Polesworth School has a proud history stretching back to 1881 when our school was founded as an elementary school taking students between the ages of three and fourteen. It became a Secondary Modern in 1944, a Warwickshire High School in 1957, a 12 - 18 Comprehensive School in 1976 and an 11 – 18 school in 1994. In 2006 we were awarded Specialist Language College status and as an ‘Outstanding’ School, we were in the first wave of high performing schools to convert to an Academy on 1st February 2011. On the 1st November 2012 we established the Community Academies Trust – a recognised Academy Sponsor, recently commended by the DFE for the ‘strong performance’ across our academies. We are very pleased to be able to announce that our ‘Outstanding’ status was again recognised by Ofsted in March 2015. Polesworth is a true Comprehensive with an intake covering the full ability range. Examination results are consistently good with students achieving at or above the national average in the majority of subjects and this is reflected in our outstanding value added scores, which consistently place us amongst the top schools in the country. Standards are equally high in other areas so essential to a balanced education, such as sport, music and drama. Our students mainly come from a number of large and small villages in North Warwickshire. The school is over-subscribed with a roll of approximately 1500, including a thriving sixth form. We work closely with our primary partner schools as members of the Anker Valley Partnership. Parents are very supportive and the school has an active parent-teacher association. Polesworth occupies a very attractive site, set amongst trees and gardens in ten acres of grounds. We are well-resourced and have a good range of facilities, including a Sports Centre whose use is shared with the community, a state of the art Drama Studio and a separate sixth form block with its own teaching, study and social areas and three new buildings built within the last 10 years – the most recent opening in January 2013. Key stage 3 students study all National Curriculum subjects together with Personal and Social Education. We teach French and German and all Year 7 students are taught in mixed ability and broad ability groups. In Year 8 broad ability setting is sustained. Key Stage 4 students follow a common core of English, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, a Modern Foreign Language, RS, PE and PSHE. In addition they take three option subjects. Tomlinson Hall Sixth Form Centre offers a very wide range of ‘A’ levels and some vocational courses, including Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Design Technology, English, French, Geography, German, Government and Politics, History, Home Economics, ICT, Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, PE, Physics, Psychology, RS, Sociology, Textiles, Travel & Tourism, Theatre Studies and General Studies. All students follow a Tutorial Programme. There is a happy and committed staff team of over 200. The Strategic Leadership Team comprises the Headteacher, three Deputy Headteachers, the Director of Sixth Form, an Assistant Headteacher and the School Business Manager. The team of Raising Standards Leaders comprises three Directors of Learning who each lead a cluster of Departments. All staff at the school, teaching and non-teaching, work hard to ensure that all students develop and achieve their aspirations. This work is based on high expectations, care and an individual understanding of all our young people. The pastoral structure of the school is House based with mixed age tutor groups. The four houses fulfil an important role in establishing the ethos of our school – an ethos based around ensuring excellent social and academic achievement. There is healthy rivalry between the Houses in a range of activities including sport. The school has received many awards, including the School Achievement Award in each year of the scheme’s existence (2001, 2002, 2003), and Awards for Success in Adding Value in 2008 and 2010, in recognition of sustained improvements in our examination results. High academic achievement has been a feature of Polesworth for many years. We place great emphasis on CPD, and this was acknowledged by Investors in People with the Gold Award. Our innovative work on international links and development education has featured in a number of Times Educational Supplements and is recognised with the International School Award, Leading Aspect status, and the TES HSBC 2006 International School of the Year Award. We are currently leading a Global School Partnership. Our International School Status was renewed this year. Our most recent Ofsted report was published in April 2015. It grades us as outstanding and states, “A unique characteristic of the school is the strength of its relationships.” We have a great deal of experience in promoting the development of all staff, whether teaching, administrative or support. We also work in association with a number of local university education departments for ITT and lead a School Direct alliance. Indeed, this has recently been recognised by the National College for Teaching & Leadership with our designation as a National Teaching School. Several staff who began in the school as Teaching Assistants are now qualified teachers. We have a well-established induction programme for all staff who join us, our school is a wonderful place to work. Visiting us, you will be struck by a thoroughly uplifting and purposeful working environment that has an excellent mix of social and academic success. The Polesworth School is pleased to offer selected employed apprentice programmes as an opportunity for people considering their first or next career move. Professional development through structured training is an important way for someone to gain experience of life working in a school, supporting staff in their endeavours to provide the best quality of education for our students. Whatever role support stay play, it is an important part of what makes Polesworth a vibrant school community. You will come to work in a wholly supportive environment, but you will be challenged along with everyone else to make a decisive contribution to the school. We look forward to receiving your application if you feel that The Polesworth School is the school for you to become an apprentice in. Please enclose a supporting letter with your application form describing how you feel you can contribute to life at The Polesworth School.




Dordon Road


B78 1QT

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Training provider

Facilities management companies often undertake a diverse range of responsibilities, which are dependent on the structure and size of the organisation. They can be involved in both strategic planning and day-to-day operations, particularly in relation to buildings and premises. They are responsible for the smooth running of the environments we encounter in our working and personal lives. They work behind the scenes to support all operations.

This course is for those operating both front of house and behind the scenes to support operational service delivery, this programme provides training in working with customers and as part of a team but also enables candidates to choose a specialist pathway from front of house, reception, cleaning, maintenance, security and back office or mailroom.

Apprenticeship framework

Facilities Management

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by The Skills Partnership Limited


Daniella Slabbert 07850 900736

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Closing date: 30 Sep 2017