Wimbledon College

Caretaker and Facilities Apprenticeship - Intermediate (Level 2)

Wimbledon College (Employer)

South Thames Colleges Group (Training Provider)

Annual wage £15,215.20
35.0 hours per week Mon-Fri, 8-4pm. - Mon-Fri, 8-4pm
12 months (duration)
6 September 2021(start date)
Property maintenance operative (apprenticeship standard)
30 June 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

Excellent opportunity to start your career in facilities. You will be working within a team responsible for the execution and performance of duties undertaken in caretaking, health and safety, maintenance work, security, cleansing housekeeping and general day to day running of the school to a high standard.


You will work with the direction and supervisor of the Facilities Manager and will carry out the following:

  • To ensure the Health and Safety of the staff and the students at all times and be conversant with the school's Health and Safety policy
  • To report all defects or hazards to building fabrics, furniture, equipment and grounds to the Facilities Manager/Site Supervisor or the Headmaster if the Facilities Manager /Site Supervisor is absent
  • To carry out necessary minor repairs, fixing where possible or making safe until qualified personnel can be called in through the direction of the Facilities Manager This work will include adjustments to doors, windows, locking systems, general carpentry, light fitting tubes and diffuser replacement etc.
  • To carry out all necessary cleaning to the fabric of the building during the school day including toilet areas, outside areas and litter removal. This includes making safe an area that has been contaminated by a pupil who has been unwell and disposing of any contaminated materials using relevant safety gear
  • To learn and understand all heating and hot water controls including boiler time clocks and associated services when required
  • In parallel you will be expected to familiarise yourself with the location of gas rooms, service runs and other hazardous services runs or supplies kept on the school site
  • To respond promptly to urgent operational requirements
  • To assist the Site supervisor on an 'as required' basis
  • Inspect pupil lavatories daily and at regular intervals during term time and see that appropriate cleaning is performed throughout the day
  • Re stocking of toilet rolls and hand towels
  • Maintain the grounds, cutting grass and pruning bushes where necessary
  • Ensure that the school buildings and playgrounds are kept free of litter and that the bins are emptied regularly
  • In bad weather, clearing playgrounds, pathways, car parks and internal roads using rock salt and whatever methods necessary
  • Maintain safe routes inside the building and out during the school day
  • After any drill, reset the fire alarm system, if activated
  • To remain aware and observant, ensuring that all fire exits and escape routes remain free from obstruction both internally and externally at all times
  • To be familiar with the use of fire fighting equipment and procedures
  • To act as a Fire Marshall in emergency situations for which training will be given
  • Monitor deliveries and consumable stock items and ensure they are securely, and correctly stored until delivery to the relevant department and the paperwork is signed and handed to the Finance Officer
  • Portering of equipment, materials and furniture throughout the premises
  • Maintaining the minibuses to a certain standard, including checking petrol, oil and water, making sure they are kept clean and tidy
  • Transporting monies to and from the bank and post to the post office as required
  • Ensuring all cleaning cupboards, storage areas and voids are kept clean and tidy at all times and do not pose a fire risk
  • As directed by the Facilities Manager, you are to assist at Parents Evenings and at other times when the school is open to visitors; such duties may include car parking and/or supervising car parking
  • Ensure that, prior to lettings, the premises and grounds are in a satisfactory state and that furniture and equipment required are in place
  • Conduct security patrols during the period of the letting; ensure the premises are secure upon vacation by the user

Future Prospects

Previous apprentice post holders have had very positive experiences. All have led on secure full time working in the wider industry sector, though the experience and contacts gained.

Reality Check

Data Protection It is essential when working with computerised systems that you are completely aware of their responsibilities at all times under the Data protection Act 2018 for the security, accuracy, and significance of personal data held on such systems.

Equal Opportunities To take responsibility, appropriate to the post for tackling racism and promoting good race, ethnic and community relations. Health and Safety Employees are required to work in compliance with the School's Health and Safety policies and under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974), ensuring the safety of all parties they come into contact, such as members of the public, in premises or sites controlled by the school. In order to ensure compliance, procedures should be observed at all times under the provision of safe systems of work through safe and healthy environment and including such information, training instruction and supervision as necessary to accomplish those goals.

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

Skills Required

  • To be flexible, proactive, organised and approachable
  • The ability to use initiative in order to solve problems
  • The ability to work within a team. The ability to react calmly when under pressure
  • To be willing to train as a First Aider if required
  • Punctuality is essential

Qualities Required

  • To be friendly and courteous to fellow staff, pupils and the wider community
  • A commitment to and understanding of the Governors' Equal Opportunity Policy
  • An unflappable attitude and a good sense of humour

Qualifications Required

maths and/or English A*-C/9-4 and the other no lower than a D/3 or equivalent.

Training Provided

The apprentice will be buddied with the Site Supervisor, who will arrange for the apprentice to be shown how to carry out maintenance jobs as appropriate, and will shadow the carpenter, plumber for experience.  You will also attend South Thames College - Wandsworth for your off the job training. During this you will develop the  knowledge and understanding of basic carpentry, electrical, plumbing and decorating.

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