Apprentice Assistant Caretaker NEXUS EDUCATION SCHOOLS TRUST

To support the Caretaker to ensure the effective management, organisation and supervision of all matters relating to, and all staff involved with the school’s premises, providing a clean and safe environment for users of the buildings and grounds.

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Closing date: 16 Oct 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual 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

    Monday - Friday, times to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 35.0

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    23 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    20 Jul 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Nexus Education Schools Trust are looking to appoint an Apprentice Assistant Caretaker to work at Childeric Primary School in New Cross.  All our schools offer friendly and supporting working environments where you will play a big part in a hardworking and dedicated team. 

You will be involved in the following aspects of school life:

  • Security of school premises
  • Maintenance of heating and lighting system on-site
  • Cleaning and tidying of site
  • Ensuring site is fit for purpose
  • Associated health and safety reporting
  • Safeguarding of students
  • Routine and non-routine opening and closing of the school buildings and/or premises, including operation of alarms (both fire and security), reporting malfunctions as necessary and arranging for repairs to be carried out in a timely fashion
  • Support the caretaker in carrying out preventative and planned maintenance
  • Work safely with tools, ladders, maintenance equipment and materials
  • Ensure that stocks of cleaning materials, soap, paper towels, etc are maintained and replenished as necessary
  • Ensure that litter and graffiti are removed from both inside and outside the buildings
  • Undertake training in all aspects of caretaker duties
  • Communicate effectively face-to-face with staff, pupils and external customers
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with colleagues
  • Ensure the site is kept tidy throughout the year, carrying out regular sweeping of hard areas, removal of litter, leaves and any other superfluous materials and the removal of weeds
  • Ensure that light bulbs and fluorescent tubes are replaced as necessary, applying appropriate health and safety regulations
  • Ensure compliance with company safety procedures and statutory legislation
  • General cleaning and removal and transport of bulk refuse and furniture
  • Set up rooms for special events and school functions
  • Work on own initiative using problem-solving skills
  • Support and assist in the safe receipt, recording, storage, and distribution of deliveries

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?


On programme Training:

  • Level 2 Property Maintenance Apprenticeship Standard
  • Level 1 and/or 2  Functional Skills in Maths and English
  • Institute of Apprenticeship Certificate

End-Point Assessment:

  • Synoptic practical assessment
  • Synoptic knowledge assessment
  • Interview

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Further progression may well be available in other areas within our sector, upon successful completion of your apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness, Ability to lift heavy items


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade A*-C / 9-4) Desired

Things to consider

The post is fixed term and requires flexibility, with a commitment to completing duties in Trust timescales. There may be occasions where you are required to work later and, on a weekend, to provide support with events such as fetes, etc.

About the employer

At NEST we have children at our centre, with all decisions in the interest of those we aim to develop and support.  To support our aims, we have established a structure that ensures teaching staff, Trustees and Local Committee Members can focus on what matters the most – raising educational achievement in our academies.




Childeric Road

New Cross


SE14 6DG

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Training provider



Harley Waite


Apprenticeship standard

Property maintenance operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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