Learning Academies Trust

Learning Academies Trust

£172.00 per week

Plymouth and Surrounding Areas

Property Maintenance Apprentice
Published: Nov 23, 2021
Ref: LEA001

Learning Academies Trust is looking for a property maintenance apprentice to join their workforce across the City of Plymouth.

The Apprentice’s Role

Develop and maintain the condition and quality of the school grounds and ensure buildings are in a safe working condition. Support the Site Manager with re-active and pro-active maintenance, respond quickly and efficiently to defect reports and health and safety concerns. Maintain accurate records and provide a high level of service. You will also be required to support with the upkeep of buildings to ensure the children have an invigorating learning environment.

You will need to understand and demonstrate the importance of Health and Safety in the workplace, and carry out repairs to the fabric of a building, for example repairs to walls, doors, doorframes, skirting boards or plaster damage to internal walls. The successful apprentice will learn to understand and maintain plumbing and drainage systems, for example repairs to WC systems, leaking taps or water testing and unblocking drains.

Working Hours: 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm

Wages: £172.00 per week, based on a 40 hour week. Any overtime above the 40 hours per week, will be paid at the appropriate national minimum wage.

Holiday: 28 days holiday entitlement (including bank holidays) will be paid each year, during the course of your apprenticeship.

The Learning Academies Trust is comprised of 8 Primary Schools across the city of Plymouth.

Each school has a unique identity and set of values but are joined together in their aspirations for their communities. The Learning Academies Trust strives to be an employer of choice in the south west.

We are committed to developing our employees to their full potential and take great pride in the availability of learning and development resources for our staff. From training days to a package of e-learning courses, you will have a wealth of opportunities available to develop your skills and experience.

Past Apprentices

This is the first time that this employer has taken on an apprentice.

Opportunities throughout the Trust to support the Estates Team.

Skills Required

The successful apprentice will need to be able to work well as a team and have good communication skills when working with colleagues, management and other stakeholders.

Personal Qualities

Good sense of humour, dedicated, willingness to learn, innovative thinking with a flexible approach to work and high personal standards.

You will need to be motivated, driven to learn, enthusiastic and interested in health and safety/maintenance.

Prior Qualifications

The successful apprentice will need to have achieved GCSE Maths and English grades C (4) or above, or equivalent qualifications

The Apprenticeship in Property Maintenance includes:

  • Property Maintenance Operative Standard
  • Functional Skills in Maths and English (Level 1)
  • Construction Skills Health, Safety and Environment test – CSCS Test
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Certified Health and Safety Course
  • Internet Safety / Safeguarding

As part of the apprenticeship programme, attendance is required at our Skills Group training centre for one day per week. All other aspects of the qualification will be delivered on-site by the employer#. You will have regular visits every six to eight weeks from your designated Skills Group assessor, who will monitor your progress during your apprenticeship training.

Whilst at the Skills Group training centre, you will learn the necessary skills and gain experience to help you throughout your role. Part of your training will be knowledge and theory based, whilst the rest will be practical. You will develop your hand skills, carry out brick and block work, learn the correct use of specific tools, carry out pointing and learn mortar ratio mixes under the guidance of your assessor. Learning all these additional skills will benefit you on returning to the employer.

As an additional qualification you will also achieve your Emergency First Aid and certified Health and Safety Certificates, along with Internet Safety and Safeguarding.

I just wanted to say the biggest thank you to Vanessa, my trainer. You have made my journey so much easier, I don’t know what I would have done without you. You have been amazing and helped me to achieve my qualification. You’ve guided me through every step of the way, I really appreciate it, Vanessa, you have been my rock.

Katie Shorland, Level 2 Hairdressing

I always struggled in school as I wasn’t very academic, so knew learning on the job would be a better option for me. I would find it difficult to get up for 9am but now I wake up and look forward to my day. I wanted to try a hair apprenticeship as I’ve always been interested in hairdressing, and by the end of the first week, I already loved it!

Jaimee Benson, Level 2 Hairdressing

I have developed a range of new skills through work including the technical, industry skills required for the job, to personal development such as ensuring I am always on time. The biggest change since leaving school is adjusting to the independence you gain from earning a salary. My advice to anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship would be find what you like doing, and go for it!

Will Birch, Level 2 Bricklaying

Since starting the apprenticeship, I’ve become far more confident. In a classroom, you only interact with your classmates, but through working you develop your people skills as you interact with customers on a daily basis. At school, you are closely monitored and parented, however I am now more independent and feel grown up

Sam Collard, Level 2 Light Vehicle and Maintenance Repair

The most important thing I’ve learnt since leaving school is that there are other routes to success than just academia. I failed my GCSEs, as I never suited the school environment. Now though, I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship as I’ve discovered I learn more through hands-on practice.

Ben Freeman, Level 2 Carpentry

I would just like to thank you and your team for all the amazing work they do, you have provided me with the most invaluable experience which has helped to pave the way of my future. The work you do for young people is incredible!

Luke Kowalski, Teaching Assistant and former apprentice at Sir Robert Gefferys School