Property Maintenance Apprentice The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Cambridge

This is an exciting opportunity to join our team at the University of Cambridge providing day to day maintenance. The buildings consist of laboratories, classrooms, offices & lecture theatres. You will undertake training & increasingly over the apprenticeship, respond to breakdowns, perform preventive maintenance tasks and minor installation work.

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Closing date: 30 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 8.00am - 4.00pm

    Total hours per week: 36.5

  • Expected duration

    27 Months

  • Possible start date

    15 Jun 2024

  • Date posted

    30 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The Apprentice will be part of the departmental Facilities team and will study the PMO level 2 qualification. You will learn on the job and will contribute to the maintenance tasks of the team.

Below is a non-exhaustive list of what you will gain from the apprenticeship:

  • Learn basic skills of area of work (e.g. use of basic workshop tools and machinery), under the supervision of supervisor or allocated staff member
  • Work more independently on elements of a project or task, referring all decisions to supervisor, applying new skills as appropriate
  • Under supervision, be involved with the general maintenance of the fabric of the building, including painting, minor carpentry work, installation of benching and flooring. The work can be part of a larger lab refurbishment or the remodelling of individual rooms including stripping out and some carpentry
  • Under the supervision the role holder will undertake preventive maintenance tasks such as air filters and drive belt changes, water temperature checks and fume hood inspections
  • Understand common hazards and basic health and safety and fire risks and their mitigation) within the working environment. Learn and abide by standard operating procedures and risk assessments. (E.g. workshop safety or chemical safety) Understand and abide by basic department or institution working practices (leave, hours of work, procurement, etc.

The training you will be getting

The practical training period of the Property Maintenance Operative Level 2 Apprenticeship is the time dedicated to the development of the knowledge, skills, and behaviours for which includes the following components:

  • A Property Maintenance Operative Apprenticeship at Level 2
  • On-programme assignments and practical assessments
    Workplace portfolio of evidence
  • English and maths at Level 2 must be achieved
  • Day release at Cambridge campus and working alongside qualified, friendly and a small team of professionally trained/ experienced in Property Maintenance

The apprentice would be assigned an assessor through the college, who would typically come out to visit in the workplace to assess workplace competence.

The knowledge side would be provided via day release attendance, assignments, evidence of workplace competence. Portfolio would be checked via an online Smart Assessor.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • After your apprenticeship, if you want to continue to work within the University there are always roles you can apply for

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 3/D) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 3/D) Essential

Things to consider

Due to the active nature of this role, the role holder should have a good level of physical fitness.

About the employer

The Department of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience promotes the mission of the University of Cambridge to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning, and research at the highest international levels of excellence.


The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Cambridge


Department of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience

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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



Apprenticeship standard

Property maintenance 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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