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Caretaking Apprentice

Arnold Hill Academy
To ensure the suitability and availability of school premises, facilities and buildings systems, such that teaching and learning, and lettings can be carried out in a clean, safe, well maintained and secure environment.

Arnold Hill Academy - Employer

Arnold Hill is an academy moving forward, we aim to build upon our strengths and become an outstanding centre for learning within the community.

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12-14 Months

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Job Summary

Arnold Hill Academy

Detailed Job Description

Duties and responsibilities:

The following are the principle duties of the post.They are meant to provide a working framework within which the post holder should exercise initiative, flexibility and accountability.


· Operating and monitoring the intruder alarm system and other security equipment.

· Ensuring the security of the premises and its contents. Boarding up and making secure as necessary.

· Ensuring assets are security marked.

· In cases of emergency outside the working week, e.g. intruders, fire, floods etc. be required to attend such as required.


· Customer Services, meeting and greeting letting users.

· Open and Closing Academy facilities during community lettings · Maintain the security of the building when letting are taken place · Help the Site Manager or Facilities Manager with any admin job that might need to happen.


· Emptying internal and external litter collection bins. · Ensuring external hard surfaces, paths and turf areas are kept clean and tidy.

· Collecting and disposing of refuse including that collected by the cleaning contractors.

· Liaison with cleaning contractor’s staff, recycling contractors, grounds maintenance contractors.

· Ensuring the swift removal of graffiti.

· Ensuring that staff, visitor and pupil toilets are clean, stocked, and fit for use.

· The checking, cleaning and unblocking of gutters, gulley’s and drains as required.

· Assist with the cleaning of internal and low level external glass, mirrors and windows.

· The cleaning of light fittings and skylights as required.

· Cleaning and preparing floors of halls, corridors, stairs, etc as required. Maintaining the appearance of wooden floors.

· Liaison with cleaning contractor’s staff, recycling contractors, grounds maintenance contractors.

· Salting and de-icing of hard surface areas during the winter months and moving of snow to ensure safe access to the premises. Heating:

· To attend to the building heating systems, ensuring the reliable operation of plant including boilers, circulation pumps, controls, valves, tanks, gauges, heaters, radiators etc.

· De-ashing the fired boilers as necessary.

· Ensure adequate stocks of fuel are maintained.

· Ensure faults are identified, reported, and repaired within the limits of competence.

· Assist with the provision and operation of temporary heating equipment.

· Carry out cleaning and maintenance of heater cabinets and filters. Porterage:

· To prepare for school events, to set out and put away furniture for meetings, assemblies, dinner time, examinations, lettings etc.

· To receive, record and distribute deliveries in a timely manner. · To assist with the movement of furniture, stock and equipment around the premises.

· To ensure that caretakers storage areas are kept clean and tidy. Building Systems: To develop a working knowledge of the location and operation of various buildings systems, and contribute to their efficient operation, including but not limited to:

· Electricity distribution and fuse panels,

· Lesson bells system, Lighting control systems, emergency lighting systems,

· Intruder alarm system,

· Fire alarm system,

· Heating and building energy management system,

Maintenance and Safety:

To take reasonable care for the health and safety of him/herself and of other persons who may be affected by his/her activities and, where appropriate.

· To wear and use appropriate personal protective clothing and equipment.

· To liase with school colleagues and contractors as required.

Other duties:

Undertaking any other duties, which may reasonably be regarded as within the nature and the responsibilities/grade of the post, subject to the proviso that normally any changes of a permanent nature shall be incorporated into the job description in specific terms.

Requirements and Prospects

Qualifications required

A-E Grade in GCSE Maths and English or equivalent.

Skills required


To develop competency at basic building repairs and maintenance and grounds maintenance.

Use of small industrial/electrical/mechanical equipment. Experience of commercial cleaning operations.

Qualifications or Training:

Willing to undergo training as required. Able to understand and apply regulations (such as health & safety, manual handling regulations etc.). Able to operate electrical / mechanical systems. Practical Skills: Reading, writing and numeracy skills sufficient to check time sheets, delivery notes, etc.

Able to regularly handle/carry heavy items.

Personal Qualities

Personal Qualities & Attributes:

Honest. Able to work effectively with supervision.

Polite and courteous to members of the public;

Calm and patient when under pressure. Co-operative with other employees, parents and visitors.

Able to show initiative and work proactively to ensure the smooth running of the site.

Future prospects

Additional Information

Training provided

Intermediate Apprenticeship in Property Maintenance

New College Nottingham - Learning Provider

For more information about this vacancy please contact the provider New College Nottingham on 0115 838 0972 or email: (Ref ID:70491)
New College Nottingham


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