Premises Support Apprentice Colham Manor Primary School

Colham Manor Primary School looking for a Facilities Services Operative apprenticeship. This is a great opportunity for anyone that is looking working within facilities management.

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Closing date: 15 Dec 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

    Working hours: shift-based (does include split shifts), between 8am - 6pm, Mon to Fri. Applicants must be prepared to work some evenings/weekends if required.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    03 Jan 2024

  • Date posted

    08 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The Premises Support Assistant has the following core duties:

  • Jointly responsible with the Premises Assistant for daily maintenance and facilities tasks in and around the school premises, providing assistance when requested by staff to set up rooms, move equipment, clean up after pupil illness or accidents etc. and generally facilitate the smooth running of the daily operations.
  • Security of the school premises, ensuring all doors and gates are locked at the appropriate time and completing a security sweep of the property before locking up each evening.
  • To cover lettings of school premises as appropriate whilst on duty, including opening and locking up and general supervision to ensure that the premises are left in a clean and tidy condition at the end of the letting.
  • Supporting the set up or clearance of rooms for out of hours functions, either during the week or occasionally over the weekend.
  • Undertake internal health and safety checks and keeping the grounds clear and safe for Play or general movement of pupils, staff, parents or visitors.
  • Act as a key Response Person/Fire Marshall in case of Fire or Emergency, assisting with the safe evacuation and liaising where necessary with the Emergency Services.
  • To carry out such minor maintenance work and repairs that do not require the employment of a contractor.
  • Working with the Premises Assistant on larger jobs requiring greater manpower and cover for the Premises Assistant's duties and responsibilities when he is absent, which will include working alternative work patterns as required.
  • Liaison with maintenance contractors visiting the school to complete essential work.
  • In School Holiday time additional focus is placed on larger project improvement works, classroom refurbishment, decorating, grounds repairs etc.
  • To undertake such cleaning tasks as required, for example toilets.
  • Whilst on duty, to liaise with any cleaners to generally oversee the standard of cleaning throughout the buildings, as necessary, to maintain standards. To keep the Facilities Manager informed if cleaning standards have not been achieved. To remove graffiti as required. To notify the Facilities Manager if stocks of cleaning and allied materials are running low. To restock towels, soap and toilet paper in toilets, washrooms, classrooms with sinks, etc. To be responsible, within reason, for the removal of simple toilet blockages.
  • To assist in ensuring an efficient porterage service, to include the receipt, transporting and storage of goods that have been delivered to the site and the movement of all furniture and equipment. To undertake any other lifting tasks required by the School.
  • To ensure that playgrounds, paths and driveways are in a satisfactory condition. Snow clearing and salting as required. Deal with the results of vandalism, advising the Facilities Manager on any necessary preventative measures or repair work. Remove graffiti where possible from all areas, windows and other surfaces as required.
  • To undertake training/attend courses as appropriate to carry out duties in a safe and efficient manner. To ensure duties are undertaken in accordance with Health and Safety legislation and to wear protective clothing as required.

The training you will be getting

You will receive training which equates to 20% of your working hours e.g., 1 day per week. Training will include sessions that are mostly online using video-conferencing. Training consists of group training sessions, workshops and one to one coaching sessions.

Training modules include:

  • Support FM services in accordance with legislation
  • Health and safety risks and hazards
  • Customer service
  • Sustainability
  • Soft FM services 
  • Hard FM services
  • Gather FM-related information for improvements
  • Front of house 
  • Maintain on competency in FM 
  • Support FM projects

Upon completion of your apprenticeship training you will achieve:

  • Facilities Services Operative Level 2 Standard
  • Certificate in Principles of Facilities Services Level 2
  • Functional skills in Mathematics Level 1 and 2 (if applicable)
  • Functional skills in English Level 1 and 2 (if applicable)

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

There is the potential of gaining a permanent position at the end of the apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade 9-3/A*-D) Desired

Things to consider

Please look through the detailed job description to ensure you are happy to carry out the mentioned tasks.

About the employer

Our mission at Colham Manor is to inspire children to achieve more than they ever believed possible. We want every member of our school community to be both supported and challenged to be the very best they can be. Through our high-quality learning experiences and curriculum, we look to educate the whole child so that they are able to thrive in a rapidly changing world, providing a world-class education for the future. Colham Manor is a unique school where we truly believe that there are no barriers to success; just hurdles that can be navigated with the right support, drive and determination. We believe that team work, collaboration and community spirit are vital ingredients to any success. We believe strongly in the team around each individual child; with parents, the school and other organisations all working together. Equality is core to the school's ethos and values.


Colham Manor Primary School


Violet Avenue




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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


Nicole Maxwell


Apprenticeship standard

Facilities services operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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