Property Maintenance Apprentice - Cancer Research UK The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Cambridge

We are seeking a full-time Property Maintenance Apprentice to join Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, a department of the University of Cambridge. It is dedicated to state-of-the-art research into the causes of cancer, developing new treatments and bringing them to clinic to benefit cancer patients. Duties include: applying skills in routine and straightforward tasks under supervision (e.g. building fabric maintenance; basic mechanical & electrical maintenance).

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Closing date: 30 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Starting salary of £18,581 increasing to £20,025pa for year 2.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday. 8am to 4pm.

    Total hours per week: 36.5

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    30 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    3 days ago

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Understand common hazards and basic health and safety 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.)
  • Understand when procedures and risk assessments are out of date or outmoded and refer to supervisor.
  • 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. Apply skills in routine and straightforward tasks under supervision. (e.g. building fabric maintenance; basic mechanical & electrical maintenance).
  • Undertake more advanced jobs under supervision, or straightforward tasks independently, e.g. using a combination of tools and techniques, or working independently on a sub-component of a project.
  • Observe projects and contribute to basic operations within a project, e.g. basic preparation of components or gathering materials, assisting with general housekeeping & cleanliness).
  • Work more independently on elements of a project or task, referring all decisions to supervisor, applying new skills as appropriate.
  • Undertake appropriate day-release course at NVQ Level 2, as arranged in conjunction with Line Manager. Prepare portfolio of evidence for vocational qualification (throughout apprenticeship).

The training you will be getting

Property Maintenance Operative (L2) Apprenticeship Standard

As per the programme outline:

During the On-Programme delivery of the Property Maintenance Operative standard, the employer and Training Provider will support the apprentice by providing training to develop their Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours. The apprentice will enter the Assessment Gateway when they are competent after the twelve-month minimum period of learning and development and completed the additional mandatory qualifications and assessments below:

  • On-Programme Activity
  • Assessment Grade Weight
  • Portfolio of Evidence to assess Behaviours and competence Pass/fail 20%
  • Short Research Assignment on the industry and workplace + underpinning Knowledge Pass/distinction/fail 10%
  • Level 1 English and Maths qualifications during/prior to on-programme as appropriate.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Although there is no guarantee of a permanent position on completion of the apprenticeship, this could lead to a career in property maintenance at the University (or other organisation) should a post become available.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


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

Things to consider

The post will involve a significant amount of physical work.

About the employer

The Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute (CRUK CI,, housed in the Li Ka Shing Centre, focuses on tumour ecology and evolution. We are one of 4 CRUK core-funded Institutes, the others being the Manchester Institute, The Beatson Institute, and The Francis Crick Institute. The CRUK CI has a diverse faculty comprising both basic and clinical investigators and aims not only to contribute fundamental discoveries in the basic biology of cancer but also to translate these into the clinic in a way that benefits patients. We have particular strengths in genomics, computational biology, and imaging, and currently devote significant research effort to cancers arising in the breast, pancreas, brain, and colon. Our underlying philosophy is that only by embracing the full complexity of human cancers will we be able to devise new and effective treatment strategies. This leads many of our groups to examine questions relating to tumour heterogeneity, both between and within individual patients, with a goal of understanding how genomic and phenotypic diversity impact the course of disease development and its response to treatment. We also study the ecology of tumours, probing how interactions between tumour cells and the normal cells of the patient influence their respective behaviours. This includes immune cells but extends to other cell types of the stroma and vasculature. Overall, the Institute seeks to build within areas of strength but is also keen to extend our reach to other cancers of unmet need. We are a core-funded Institute, receiving generous and flexible support from CRUK, which is meant both to provide a state-of-the-art research environment and to enable investigators to engage in high risk/high reward and/or long-term strategic research programs that would be unlikely to be funded by other mechanisms. We are currently supported by 12 core facilities, whose remits range from genomics and proteomics to whole animal imaging. We also benefit from a dedicated, professional administrative staff.


The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Cambridge


Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute

Li Ka Shing Centre

Robinson Way


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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



01223 418778

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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