Property Maintenance Apprentice - Dept of Pathology University of Cambridge- Department of Pathology

Working with colleagues who manage the maintenance, facilities and safety across the large Department of Pathology consisting of dry and wet laboratories, classrooms, offices & lecture theatres. You will undertake training & increasingly over the apprenticeship, respond to breakdowns, perform preventive maintenance tasks & installation work.

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Closing date: 07 Jul 2024

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 – Thursday: 08.30 -17.00. Friday: 08.30-16.00. (breaks to be confirmed)

    Total hours per week: 36.5

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    07 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

You will be a great team player who has good organisation and time management skills. Due to the nature of this role, the successful candidate should have a good level of physical fitness.

What you'll do in a working day:

  • Learn basic skills in the area of work (e.g. use of basic workshop tools and machinery).
    Work independently on elements of a project or task, referring all decisions to the supervisor, applying new skills as appropriate.
  • Be involved with the general maintenance of the fabric of the Department, including painting, minor carpentry work, installation of benching and flooring.
  • Undertake preventive maintenance tasks such as air filters,  water temperature checks and fume hood inspections
  • Understand basic health and safety hazards and risk management within the working environment. Learn and abide by standard operating procedures and risk assessments. (E.g. workshop safety and chemical safety)

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 a qualified, friendly and a small team of professionally trained/ experienced in Property Maintenance

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

You will be supported by having weekly meetings with your line manager and regular assessments and reviews by your Assessor to ensure you are on track to successfully achieve your qualification.

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 another organisation) should a post become available.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


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

Things to consider

You will be expected to work across both sites; Tennis Court Road in Central Cambridge and Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

About the employer

People are at the heart of everything we do at Pathology, so why not join our Professional Services Team as our Property Maintenance Operative Apprenticeship and start supporting excellence in research and education. We can offer a welcoming work environment where you can feel valued, encouraged to develop, and supported to achieve your full potential.


University of Cambridge- Department of Pathology


University of Cambridge

Department of Pathology

Tennis Court Terrace


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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



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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