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Grounds Maintenance Apprentice Coventry School Foundation

Coventry School Foundation are looking to recruit a Grounds Maintenance Apprentice to join our team. You will be predominantly based at our Bablake School sites but may also be required to work at any of the Coventry School Foundation premises.

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Closing date: 01 Oct 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Exact working hours are to be determined and some Saturday working will be required.

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Expected duration

    24 months

  • Possible start date

    15 Oct 2021

  • Date posted

    15 Sep 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

The role is varied and duties would include:

  • The preparation and maintain nominated sports and amenity surfaces and to assist with the initial marking and overmarking of the sports pitches, running tracks and field events
  • Will undertake gardening duties on site, ensuring lawn and grass areas are maintained, cultivated and repaired
  • Ensure borders, thoroughfares and highway footpaths clear and free from weeds and litter
  • Will assist/carry out gritting, salt spreading and snow clearing on school premises
  • Will assist with the erection and dismantling of sports equipment
  • Will ensure grounds and gardens comply with the appropriate health and safety legislation and conduct risk assessments when required
  • Will report faulty or damaged appliances, equipment or any potential hazards and ensure all equipment, machinery and buildings are secure and undertake basic in-house repairs

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

The successful candidate will have:

  • The ability to work well as part of a team – recognising the need to be flexible to ensure a high-quality service is provided
  • The ability to respond courteously to enquiries from colleagues, pupils and visitors to the site, understanding the need to the promote a positive impression of the School.
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to demonstrate an organised approach to work with an attention to detail and prioritise different tasks

Personal qualities

  • The ideal candidate must be keen to learn, enjoy a challenge, be honest, hardworking, reliable and personable and have a keen interest in horticulture/garden maintenance

Desired qualifications

  • Qualifications demonstrating sound literacy and numeracy skills (e.g. GCSE English and maths A*-C / 9-4 or equivalent qualifications) are desirable
  • Please ensure you have listed all qualifications & grades/predicted grades in the appropriate section of this application, paying particular attention to maths & English
  • Candidates will be screened as part of the recruitment process and must be able to work at Level 1 in Functional Skills (Maths and English) in order to undertake this Apprenticeship
  • Please note that candidates with any qualification at the same level or above in the same subject are ineligible for funding and will not be considered for an Apprenticeship

Future prospects

  • Possibility to progress on to the Advanced Apprenticeship

Things to consider

  • There are good transport links to our Foundation Schools
  • You will be expected to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • An Enhanced DBS Check will be required
  • Depending on volume of applications this vacancy may close early, therefore early application is advisable

About the employer

The Bablake and King Henry VIII schools have proudly served Coventry and the wider region for over 1,150 years combined. Throughout our history our schools have thrived by adapting to circumstances while staying true to our mission to provide a first-class, affordable independent education for the children of Coventry and beyond. The creation of the new Bablake King Henry School (BKHS) is the next chapter in that proud history ensuring we continue to provide choice and opportunity to every child. The transition to a single school is planned to happen over two academic years starting from September 2021.


Coventry School Foundation


Warwick Road



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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Myerscough College


Marcus Henderson 01995642390

Sports Turf Operative Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard:


  • Apprentices will achieve the Apprenticeship Sports Turf Operative Level 2 certificate and will then be eligible to join the IOG Register of Turf Management Professionals

End Assessment Components:

  • The End Assessment forms 100% of the assessment of achievement of the apprenticeship standard
  • The End Assessment will contain 2 components
  • A written and online test which will assess knowledge and behaviours and will be assessed by an independent assessment organisation. This will be graded as Fail/Pass/Merit/Distinction weighted by 40%
  • A practical assessment assessing skills, behaviours and knowledge. This will be assessed by an independent assessment organisation. This will be graded Fail/Pass/Merit/Distinction weighted by 60%

Apprenticeship standard

Sports turf operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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