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Employer: The Trumpington Federation
Location: Cambridge
Starting salary: £190.50 per week
Working week: Monday to Thursday– 9.00am to 5pm Friday – split shift
Apprenticeship: Full Level 2 Hospitality Team Member Standard

Reference number: VAC001472289

Main Purpose of the job will be to maintain site security and cleanliness of the buildings and grounds and provide a safe working environment. Provide the full range of caretaking services required by The Trumpington Federation.

Key accountabilities:


  • as the main keyholder be responsible for the security of the premises, to include the opening up and locking of the premises including that of the extended school provision and lettings
  • be responsible for the premises outside normal working hours with regard to locking and unlocking and any additional cleaning, setting security alarm systems, carrying out security checks and responding to emergency call outs

Heating of building:

  • operate the heating plant so that the required temperatures are maintained and an adequate supply of hot water is available
  • ensure that all plant and equipment operates at maximum efficiency and economy with special regard to energy conservation

Maintenance of building and equipment:

  • undertake a range of re-decoration and minor maintenance work as agreed with the line manager
  • undertake day-to-day maintenance of the premises and its furnishings such as minor plumbing and carpentry, changing light bulbs, unblocking drains, and repairing door furniture
  • Carry out routine procedures and inspection of ancillary equipment e.g. window blinds, pumps, clocks, etc.
  • Ensure that caretaking and cleaning equipment is in a safe and proper working condition
  • In conjunction with line manager, arrange for maintenance work to be carried out, to include escorting contractors and others to sites of repair and maintenance, monitoring safety working practices and reporting where possible on the quality of contractor work and follow up any apparent failures.

Outside duties:

  • Undertake activities to maintain safe and clean external environments e.g. gritting, litter picks, sweeping
  • Keep surface drains free of obstruction
  • Emptying of litter bins or baskets, disposal of rubbish and keeping the bin areas clean and tidy

Health and safety:

  • Be responsible for carrying out health and safety checks including fire, emergency lighting and keeping accurate up to date records under the direction of the line manager

Other general duties:

  • Be responsible for the receiving of deliveries of goods and equipment and distributing as appropriate
  • Maintain appropriate records, as required, of levels of cleaning /sundries and repairs and maintenance materials
  • Be responsible for cleaning and the management of any cleaning staff, undertake emergency cleaning as required
  • Setting out and putting away of furniture as necessary

Supplementary accountabilities:

  • Be aware and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health and safety, security and confidentiality, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person
  • Contribute to the overall ethos, work and aims of The Trumpington Federation
  • Respect, appreciate, and support the role of other professionals
  • Attend relevant meetings as required
  • Participate in training and other learning activities and performance development as required
  • Treat all users of the school with courtesy and respect
  • Present a positive personal image, contributing to a welcoming environment which supports equal opportunities for all
  • Provide a high level of customer service to all stakeholders
  • Promote and ensure the health and safety of children, staff and visitors and user groups (in accordance with health and safety legislation) at all times

Decision making:

  • Managing work in liaison with line manager to meet business needs

Contacts and relationships:

  • The postholder may be required to supervise cleaning, other site staff and contractors where appropriate

Physical effort:

  • At certain points of the day the postholder will be expected to undertake bending, lifting and stretching in the course of their duties e.g. minor maintenance work, remedial painting and decorating, repairs to fixings, receiving deliveries of goods and equipment, moving and setting out and putting away of furniture

Other duties:

The postholder may be required to perform duties other than those given in the job description for the post. The particular duties and responsibilities attached to the post may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the duties or responsibilities entailed. Such variations are a common occurrence and would not of themselves justify the re-evaluation of the post. In cases however, where a permanent and substantial change in the duties of a post occurs, consistent with a higher level of responsibility, then the post would be eligible for re-evaluation.

Desired skills


  • Willingness to undertake induction training 
  • Willingness to participate in development and training opportunities 
  • Awareness of health and safety procedures and precautions including COSHH 
  • Awareness of health and hygiene procedures
  • IT literate
  • Handyperson experience


  • Specific training in a specialist area 
  • Further knowledge, training or qualification in health and safety procedures and precautions including COSHH 
  • Training or qualification in health and hygiene procedures
  • Relevant caretaking or site-keeping experience 
  • Knowledge of moving and handling procedures

Personal qualities

  • Essential:

    • Self-motivation
    • Ability to relate well to children and adults
    • Ability to work as part of a team


    • Ability to motivate others
    • Team Leading skills

Qualifications required


  • Basic literacy and numeracy skills


  • NVQ2 or equivalent qualification 
  • Good numeracy and literacy skills

Closing date: 31st January 2018

You can apply for this vacancy by sending an up-to-date CV with a covering letter on why you think you would be suitable for the role to Danielle Haygreen quoting the reference number: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can apply by submitting an application through the National Apprenticeship website using the link above. For any further information on Apprenticeships please do contact the team on 01284 716 235.