Apprentice Site Maintenance Assistant J3331 SOUTH WEST APPRENTICESHIP COMPANY LTD

We have an excellent opportunity for an apprentice to be supported and trained to become an efficient and effective site assistant/caretaker. You will work with the Facilities Manager to ensure that the school’s buildings, site, and furnishings are safe, secure, and maintained.

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Closing date: 28 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday Shifts 7am to 3.30pm or 2pm to 10.30pm with 1 hour for lunch however, the shift system will mean one Saturday in four you will be required to work which is paid as overtime (time and a half)

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    14 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

Main Duties And Responsibilities:

  • Under the direction of the Facilities Manager, provide caretaking, building repair and maintenance, and cleaning services as required
  • The post holder may be required to monitor skilled contractors as and when appropriate
  • Liaise with a designated officer as appropriate to carry out procedures for emergencies, including repairs
  • Assist in carrying out agreed internal decorations and improvements while ensuring compliance with Health and Safety standards
  • Assist in liaison with contractors whilst on-site, ensuring that work is completed in line with specifications and to the required standard. Take any appropriate action to resolve problems
  • Report to the Site Supervisor on alterations and repairs to buildings
  • Support the Site Supervisor in the day-to-day operational responsibility for all security activity within the site
  • Routinely monitor the operation of the fire alarm, fire doors, lighting, heating, water testing, plumbing and security systems
  • Detect and report any building defects, advising school management on any Health and Safety issues. Undertake any minor repairs and general maintenance
  • Arrange and/or carry out the movement of furniture and equipment within the site. Assist with general porterage duties, including the distribution of items delivered to the school site
  • Ensure the school grounds remain tidy and the equipment is kept in good order. This may include cleaning external drains and gullies
  • Ensure all allocated equipment and materials are stored safely in order to prevent accidents/misuse. Issue soap, toilet rolls, paper towels and such other items as required by the school
  • Be aware of Health and Safety issues around the site and work in accordance with safe practice and Health and Safety legislation.
    • To become qualified as a First Aider and to carry out first aid duties as required
  • Respect any and all confidential information
  • Undertake such other duties as may be required from time to time commensurate with the level of the post. The particular duties and responsibilities attached to the post may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the duties or the level of responsibility entailed
  • Comply with all decisions, policies and standing orders of the school; comply with any relevant statutory requirements, including Equal Opportunities legislation, the Health and Safety at Work Act and the Data Protection Act
  • Have a commitment to Child Safeguarding, to promoting the welfare of children and young people in accordance with the school’s agreed procedure, and to meeting the five outcomes of Every Child Matters

The training you will be getting

As a Property Maintenance Level 2 apprentice, you will typically spend 24 months on-programme working towards the apprenticeship standard, with a minimum of 20% off-the-job training.
End-point assessment (EPA)
The EPA gateway is when the End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) checks and confirms that the apprentice has met any requirements required before they start the EPA. The apprentice will only enter the gateway when you and the training provider agree they are ready.

The gateway requirements for this apprenticeship’s EPA are:

  • Achieved English and mathematics qualifications in line with the apprenticeship funding rules
  • For the interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence, the apprentice must submit a portfolio of evidence

Assessment methods:

  • Practical assessment with questions
  • The apprentice will be observed by an independent assessor completing a set of tasks. It will last 10 hours. They will ask at least 10 questions
  • Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
  • The apprentice will have an interview with an independent assessor. It will last at least 60 minutes. They will ask at least 10 questions. The questions will be about certain aspects of their occupation. The apprentice will need to compile a portfolio of evidence before the EPA gateway. They can use it to help answer the questions
  • Multiple-choice test

The apprentice will complete a multiple-choice test. It will be closed book, meaning they will not have access to any books or reference materials. The test will have 40 multiple-choice questions. They will have 60 minutes to complete it.

The EPAO will confirm where and when each assessment method will take place.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Potential progression into a full-time position and wage increase as well as further training within a supportive environment.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4 to 9 (A* to C)) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4 to 9 (A* to C)) Essential

Things to consider

It is imperative that you understand the level of confidentiality required whilst in the post and the strict boundaries that are in place. The successful candidate will need to be confident and assertive to follow the behaviour policy, you will be supported at every stage by a very friendly and experienced teaching staff group.

About the employer

As an apprentice, South West Apprenticeship Company Limited, the Flexi Job Agency (FJA) will employ the successful candidate on behalf of this employer. 99% of our apprentices gain full-time employment with their host organisation after completing their apprenticeship or they have progressed onto higher qualifications. The experience and knowledge you gain, plus the relationships you develop, make it easier to progress quickly.




1 Cotham Lawn Road



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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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