Apprentice Site Technician COMMUNITY ACADEMIES TRUST

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

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Closing date: 30 Sep 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £10,811.00

  • 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

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number

    VAC001292259

  • Positions

    1 available

Apprentice Site Technician Level 3

Statement of Purpose

To work under the direction and instruction of senior staff to provide routine cleaning and/or caretaking tasks to support the effective operation of the school.

Security and Safety

  • Unlock and secure premises at agreed times and maintain the key(s) in their possession for emergency call-out.
  • Check that the heating and lighting systems are operating satisfactorily and checking their efficiency with regard to energy conservation.
  • Check fire and/or security alarms are working satisfactorily.
  • Ensure that premises are in a safe, tidy and satisfactory condition prior to use. In the morning this will normally require attendance until a member of staff arrives.
  • Maintain vigilance for Health and Safety concerns in and around the building including checking outside area for syringes, broken glass etc. and disposing appropriately.

Maintenance and Cleaning

  • Dispose of such waste materials arising from the use of the premises as are not covered by alternative arrangements.
  • Replace such consumables on the premises in appropriate locations as are not covered by alternative arrangements, e.g. toilet rolls, soap, towels, etc.
  • Clean designated areas not covered by alternative arrangements, e.g. outside areas, car parks, drains, boiler house, stores etc. This may include cleaning up after contractors during school closure periods.
  • To arrange to clear blockages, remove foreign matter from sinks, toilets, drains, and clean up spillages as required.
  • In the event of a burst or leaking water pipe, the water supply should be turned off, spillage removed and furnishings cleaned.
  • Remove spillages and resultant stains from floors and other surfaces.
  • Carry out the removal of debris from gullies, drains etc. and that the school and ground are litter free. Litter bins are to be emptied and the contents disposed of on a daily basis.
  • Ensure clear and safe pedestrian access to the school particularly in adverse weather conditions (e.g. snow clearing, gritting).

Minor Repairs

  • Minor repairs to include minor plumbing, joinery, electrical work and internal decoration and maintenance, e.g. replacing door handles, replacing light bulbs/plugs with appropriate training.
  • Minor plant maintenance in accordance with agreed working practices, e.g. lubrication of heating pumps as appropriate.
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Temporary making good of colour wash, e.g. when cabinets are moved, and the blotting out of graffiti. Making good paint work e.g. touching up scratch damage. To undertake repairs, projects and redecoration tasks as appropriate.

Joinery

  • Minor repairs to fixtures and fittings such as replacing locks.
  • Minor repairs to furniture, replacing door and window catches.
  • Minor improvements such as the erection of small shelves, display and notice boards.

Plumbing

  • Unblocking sinks, traps and waste pipes. Adjustment and rewashering of taps. Stopping leaks.

Resources

  • General portage and collection activities as required including setting up and clearing away furniture.
  • To attend to, where necessary, personnel visiting the site such as contractors, representatives of utilities (gas, electric) and monitor any work being carried out within the postholder's area of responsibility.
  • Attend to the replacement of paper towels, toilet rolls and soap in toilets and teaching areas, e.g. Technology, Science, Art and Craft.

Support to School (this list is not exhaustive and should reflect the ethos of the school)

  • Promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young persons you are responsible for or 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, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person.
  • Be aware of, support and ensure equal opportunities for all.
  • Contribute to the overall ethos/work/aims of the school.
  • Appreciate and support the role of other professionals.
  • Attend and participate in relevant meetings as required.
  • Participate in training and other learning activities and performance development as required.
  • Assist with pupil needs as appropriate during the school day.

Health and Safety

The postholder will be expected to observe safe working practices in carrying out the required duties and ensure that instructions specified by technical consultants, contractors and manufactures are adhered to.

Site Technicians are expected to be smart in appearance and dress.

The content of this job description will be reviewed with the post holder on an annual basis in line with the School’s performance and development review policy. Any significant change in level of accountability that could result in a change to the grade must be discussed with the post holder and the relevant trade union before submitting for re-evaluation.

Person Specification

Apprentice Site Technician - Level 3

Desirable Criteria Measured By

Experience

  • Experience of working in a security, safety, cleaning or maintenance environment, although applicants with no relevant experience, who can display an apptitude, will be considered.

Knowledge/Skills

  • Some understanding and ability to use specialist equipment or technology.
  • Ability to work constructively using own initiative in the absence of senior staff and as part of a team.
  • Ability to relate well to children and to adults.
  • Some understanding and knowledge of health and safety codes of practice/ legislation.
  • A good standard of practical knowledge.

Behavioural Attributes

  • Customer focused.
  • Has a friendly yet professional and respectful approach which demonstrates support and shows mutual respect.
  • Open, honest and an active listener.
  • Takes responsibility and accountability.
  • Committed to the needs of the pupils, parents and other stakeholders and challenge barriers and blocks to providing an effective service.
  • Demonstrates a “can do” attitude including suggesting solutions, participating, trusting and encouraging others and achieving expectations.
  • Is committed to the provision and improvement of quality service provision.
  • Is adaptable to change/embraces and welcomes change.
  • Acts with pace and urgency being energetic, enthusiastic and decisive.
  • Communicates effectively.
  • Has the ability to learn from experiences and challenges.
  • Is committed to the continuous development of self and others by keeping up to date and sharing knowledge, encouraging new ideas, seeking new opportunities and challenges, open to ideas and developing new skills.

In addition to the ability to perform the duties of the post, issues relating to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children will need to be demonstrated these will include:

  • Motivation to work with children and young people.
  • Ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with children and young people.           
  • Emotional resilience in working with challenging behaviours and
  • Attitudes to use of authority and maintaining discipline.

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 skills and techniques and to use equipment after training.
  • Willing and able to work outdoors, in differing weather conditions and prolonged periods standing or 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 and ethos of the school.

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

The Wilnecote School hopes to be able to offer full employment to apprentice candidates on completion of their training in school or our wider Trust. However, no guarantee or offer can be made at this time.

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 Wilnecote School is a developing 11-16 comprehensive serving its immediate and wide Tamworth community. It is a member of Community Academies Trust – a DFE sponsor and a growing academy chain. OFSTED recognizes the improving levels of academic success, care, welfare and relationships that exist across our school. The Wilnecote School is an 11-16 Comprehensive school of 800 students with a full ability intake. The school serves its immediate community and wide areas of Tamworth. It is a very exciting time to be part of The Wilnecote School community. Wilnecote occupies a single building, developed over a number of years. The school is well-resourced and have a good range of facilities, including a school-run Community Leisure Facility and Swimming Pool. In addition, the school leads a community partnership operating the Community Library which forms part of the school building. On 1st September 2016 we joined the Community Academies Trust, a successful group of schools. In November we received an Ofsted inspection which took us out of Special Measures and stated that “the actions of school leaders have led to rapid improvements in behaviour, teaching, pupils’ progress and attendance”. We have introduced a number of changes that will help us to ‘ensure excellence’ and achieve the vision and aspirations we have for the young people at our school. At Wilnecote we aspire to provide an outstanding education for the children in our learning community. Joining the Community Academies Trust and coming out of special measures is simply the first stage on our learning journey as we seek to create a strong and aspirational culture based on ‘ensuring excellence’ and high levels of academic, personal and social achievement. This vision is articulated in the document ‘Ensuring Excellence’ which is on the school website and we expect every member of staff to contribute to our goals. 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 option subjects. There is a happy and committed staff team of nearly 100. The Strategic Leadership Team comprises the Headteacher, three Deputy Headteachers and the School Business Manager. 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. As a learning community it is important to us that we work together – students, staff, parents and our family of schools in the Community Academies Trust. The school is proud of the many successes of our students – in examinations, in the Arts, in Sport, as leaders and peer mentors and in the many other activities we offer. We are committed to improving the opportunity for all students to flourish as global citizens in the 21st Century and to develop the skills of leadership, cooperation and personal responsibility. 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 is a genuine community school. The majority of young people in the area come to our school but students from across the town also come here. We remain committed to the Tame Valley Cooperative Learning Trust, a partnership of The Wilnecote School and 7 local primaries that share a common set of values and principles and a shared desire to work collaboratively and sustainably to improve the learning of young people. It is hoped that these notes give some idea of the school and its ethos. We are seeking enthusiastic, hard-working and talented staff who share our philosophy and aspirations. The Wilnecote 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 Wilnecote 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 Wilnecote 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 Wilnecote School.

Employer

COMMUNITY ACADEMIES TRUST

Address

Tinkers Green Road

Wilnecote

Tamworth

B77 5LF

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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

THE SKILLS PARTNERSHIP LIMITED

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

Contact

Daniella Slabbert 07850 900736 dslabbert@tsplearn.co.uk


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Closing date: 30 Sep 2017