Durham County Council

Apprentice Refuse and Recycling Operative - Intermediate (Level 2)

Employer:

Durham County Council

Training Provider:

DERWENTSIDE COLLEGE

Weekly wage £153.55
37.0 hours per week Monday – Friday, shifts to be confirmed.
duration: 24 months
start: 1 September 2020
DL5 6AP
Intermediate (Level 2)
Waste Resource Operative (apprenticeship standard)
19 July 2020 (application closing date)
As an apprentice, you will be trained in operating the weigh bridge, reception hall duties, site inspections, haulage planning and any other general site operations. You will be based in Heighington Lane Waste Transfer Station, Newton Aycliffe but you may be required to work at any council workplace within County Durham.

Responsibilities

As an apprentice, you will be trained in operating the weigh bridge, reception hall duties, site inspections, haulage planning and any other general site operations.

You will be based in Heighington Lane Waste Transfer Station, Newton Aycliffe but you may be required to work at any council workplace within County Durham.

As an apprentice, you will be trained in operating the weigh bridge, reception hall duties, site inspections, haulage planning and any other general site operations.

You will be based in Heighington Lane Waste Transfer Station, Newton Aycliffe but you may be required to work at any council workplace within County Durham.

Learning and undertaking duties across the waste management operations function including:

  • Refuse and Recycling Collection
  • Weighbridge Operations
  • Waste Transfer Station Operations

Working alongside fully trained Operatives, as part of a team for the collection and disposal of refuse and recyclable materials:

  • Carrying out instructions in a safe, competent and proper manner
  • Providing technical support for the waste management operations function
  • Assisting with promotional campaigns and providing advice to residents
  • Attending meetings and training course relevant to the post as required
  • Maintaining a working knowledge of all operating and Health and Safety Procedures relevant to the role, and to adhere to these at all times
  • Undertaking and completing an apprenticeship qualification framework and associated training including LGV driving as appropriate
  • Understand the role and contribution of the waste and resources industry, types of waste (plastics, metals, glass, green, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), residual, unknown) and treatment options
  • Learn the principles and purpose of environmental protection in the waste industry
  • Increase knowledge of the relevant health and safety legislation e.g. Manual handling, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health, Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations and associated processes, procedures and safe working practices in your workplace
  • Develop understanding of DCC’s systems and procedures for receiving, checking, segregating, handling and transferring waste
  • Be able to communicate effectively with managers, peers, internal and external customers
  • Learn how to deal with conflict with internal and external contacts
  • Understand how to prevent waste, prepare for reuse (upcycle, refurbish), recycle, and recover contribute to sustainability and promote the circular economy
  • To undertake general labouring tasks across other service areas within the Division as and when required
  • To comply with Equal Opportunities legislative requirements and Council Policy to ensure equity in employment matters and service provision
  • To assist in the maintenance and co-ordination of Quality Systems and procedures within the Section as required
  • To follow standard operating procedures relevant to the post
  • To uphold the Council’s standing as a body providing public services in a professional, competent, helpful and polite manner
  • To assist in other areas of operations as and when required
  • The above is not exhaustive and the post holder will be expected to undertake any duties which may reasonably fall within the level of responsibility and the competence of the post as directed by their Mentor, Supervisor or Manager

Future Prospects

Opportunity for progression to a Refuse and Recycling Operative.

Reality Check

The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage guide (ANMW): https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

Skills Required

As a Waste Resource Operative Apprentice, you will develop skills, knowledge and experience working in Strategic Waste Management.

  • Basic knowledge of role of Refuse and Recycling
  • Good communication skills
  • Good numeric skills
  • An aptitude for working on technical problems

Qualities Required

You will need to be able to work on your own initiative or as part of a team and be able to follow instructions.

  • Ability to follow instructions
  • Ability to work as a team member

Qualifications Required

Ability to achieve the Waste Resource Operative Level 2 standard during the duration of the apprenticeship.

Training Provided

  • Waste Resource Operative  Standard– level 2
  • Functional Skills in maths and English where required 
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