Property Maintenance Apprentice
Published: Aug 11, 2020
The Old School House are looking for a Property Maintenance Apprentice to join their team.
The Apprentice’s Role
As the apprentice you will be expected to work hard on a daily basis and experience all construction trades. You will be taught how to work quickly, efficiently, as well as safely at all times. You will experience all aspects of construction such as carpentry, painting and decorating, brick work and plastering.
On a daily basis you will be tidying the construction site, carrying tools, shadowing colleagues and undertaking jobs which will be set out for you within a general build/maintenance trade route.
Working Hours: You will be working Monday-Friday, 40 hours per week. Hours may vary slightly depending on workload and travel time.
Wages: You will be paid the national minimum wage for apprentices, which is £172.00 per week.
Holiday: 28 days holiday entitlement (including bank holidays) will be paid each year, during the course of your apprenticeship.
The Old School House is a care home located in Plympton, Devon and caters for the needs of older people living with dementia and those with a mental health illness.
The care home provides ’24-hour’ person-centred care within a warm and friendly home and residents are cared for by a team of friendly, motivated and qualified staff.
Modern and well-furnished en-suite accommodation offers residents both single and double occupancy. All bedrooms are charmingly decorated to a high standard and have a nurse call system, a flat screen television and telephone points.
Nutritious home-cooked food is prepared on-site and caters for any specific dietary requirements.
The home has also signed up to the nationally recognised ‘Dementia Pledge’ to aspire to deliver good quality care with knowledgeable management and committed and well trained staff.
The home is also able to accommodate people that require short respite breaks, short-term stays as well as long-term stays.
After completing a level 2 in Maintenance you may be offered a full time position within the company and the possibility to progress onto other specific trade qualifications.
You will need to be hardworking, reliable, keen and friendly, you must be able to work in a team and have good communication skills in order to work with colleagues and speak to clients. You must possess excellent time keeping skills and be precise with your work. A passion for the construction industry is essential.
You will need to be keen to succeed, reliable, hardworking and have the ability to cope with the physical demands of the role. Good hand-eye coordination and attention to detail would also be an advantage to the right candidate.
No formal qualifications are required for the position, however a keen interest in construction and willingness to succeed are essential.
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.
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