Property Maintenance Operative – Lapage Primary School

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join Lapage Primary School as an Apprentice Property Maintenance Operative. Under the direction/instruction of appropriate senior staff, the apprentice will assist in the provision of maintenance and security services on school premises and sites thereby ensuring a safe working environment.


Effort demands:

  • Will work under the supervision and on occasion under own initiative, working to the priorities set by the Head Teacher
  • Will carry out porterage duties as required including the removal and placement of furniture and equipment
  • Will undertake the procurement and ordering of associated stocks and supplies ensuring that there are adequate levels at all times. Will take delivery and arrange for the storage of materials, stores and other goods


  • Will be responsible for the day to day supervision of a small number of designated employees, maintaining good working relationships and team working. The completion of all related paperwork associated with the supervision of employees together with work-related training
  • Will be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security and confidentiality, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person
  • Will promote and ensure the health and safety of pupils, staff & visitor (in accordance with appropriate health & safety legislation) at all times. (This responsibility is shared during normal school hours with the Head-teacher, but is the postholder’s sole responsibility whilst on site outside of these hours in the absence of the Head-teacher or other senior member of the school staff)
  • Will attend relevant meetings as required
  • Will monitor and maintain limited delegated budgets including accounting for expenditure and the handling and processing of cash, cheques and financial data
  • Will have shared responsibility with the Head-teacher for the security of buildings, equipment, furniture etc. on the site, the value of which varies from premise to premise
  • Will be responsible for the maintenance of the security of premises, including the locking and unlocking of the premises, and bringing any deficiencies to the attention of the Head Teacher
  • Will participate in training and other learning activities and performance development as required
  • Will present a positive personal image, contributing to a welcoming school environment which supports equal opportunities for all, treating all users of the school with courtesy and consideration
  • Will contribute to the overall ethos/work/aims of the school
  • Will appreciate and support the role of other professionals

Environmental demands/working conditions:

  • Will regularly work outdoors and be exposed to the elements/weather
  • Will have contact with members of the public/other professionals e.g. teaching staff, governors, parents/carers, community groups, local education authority, external providers etc.
  • The jobholder may occasionally be subjected to antisocial behaviour from members of the public/parents/site users
  • May be required to be a key-holder for emergency callouts.  Evening/weekend duties for lettings may be a feature of the job (further information is available from the Head Teacher)
  • This post may include a degree of manual lifting and handling. You are expected to be aware of health and safety policies and procedures and frequently assess your ability to carry out the lifting tasks required of you

Fluency duty:

In line with the Immigration Act 2016; the Government has created a duty to ensure that all Public Authority staff working in customer facing roles can speak fluent English to an appropriate standard.

For this role the post holder is required to meet the Intermediate Threshold Level.

Intermediate Threshold Level:

The post holder should demonstrate:

  • They can express themselves fluently and spontaneously with minimal effort
  • Only the requirement to explain difficult concepts may hinder a natural smooth flow of language

Special conditions of service:

  • No contra-indications in personal background or criminal record indicating unsuitability to work with children/young people/vulnerable clients/finance (An enhanced DBS check is required)

Other conditions:

  • To be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection; being vigilant for signs that children may be being abused and to report any such suspicions to the school’s nominated Child Protection Co-ordinator or the Head Teacher
  • To act in accordance with the Data Protection Act and maintain confidentiality at all times e.g. access to staff/student/parent and carers files
  • Accept and commit to the principles underlying the Schools Equal Rights policies and practices
  • Be able to perform all duties and tasks with reasonable adjustments, where appropriate, in accordance with the Equality Act
  • Must be legally entitled to work in the UK

GCSEs at grades A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent), cleaning and support services N/SVQ Level 1 (or equivalent experience or equivalent qualification), or willingness to train to achieve these.

Desired skills


  • Willingness to gain knowledge of health and safety procedures and precautions and regulations, for example COSHH, Manual Handling procedures etc.
  • Will possess the ability to work as part of a team
  • Will possess basic literacy and numeracy skills (grammar, spelling and basic mathematical knowledge)
  • Willingness to use relevant equipment
  • Will possess the ability to relate well to children and adults
  • Willingness to gain knowledge of cleaning procedures required to meet specified cleaning standards
  • In line with the Immigration Act 2016; you should be able to demonstrate fluency of the English Language at an Intermediate Threshold Level


  • Will be aware of health and hygiene procedures
  • Willingness to gain knowledge of basic plumbing, electrical and decorating repair procedures

Personal qualities

  • Reliable and punctual
  • The ability to work individually and as part of a team
  • A pro-active approach to learning and work is essential
  • Degree of maturity required
  • Confident and well-presented

Future prospects

Support and on-the-job experience of becoming a caretaker within a school setting.

Things to consider

We are looking to recruit for this vacancy as soon as possible so we may close the vacancy before the advertised closing date if we find suitable candidates.

Standard Title: Property Maintenance Operative

Level: Intermediate

Length of Programme:  Minimum of 12-months

Mode of Delivery: Day Release at Keighley College

The standard includes maths and English understanding and functional application at level 1.

Core Technical Competencies/Skills and Knowledge/ Understanding of the standard:

A Property Maintenance Operative will use their knowledge and understanding of basic carpentry, electrical, plumbing and decorating to:

  • Understand and demonstrate the importance of Health and Safety in the workplace
  • Comply with organisational safety, policies and procedures and identify hazards and reduce them
  • Consider safety compliance with a diverse sector of client groups
  • Understand and demonstrate the importance of working safely at height
  • Carry out repairs to the fabric of a building, for example repairs to walls, doors, doorframes, skirting boards or plaster damage to internal walls
  • Understand and maintain plumbing and drainage systems, for example repairs to WC systems, leaking taps or water testing and unblocking drains
  • Maintain high levels of water hygiene within a building
  • Understand and maintain electrical distribution, safe repair of electrical installation to legal requirements, for example replacing damaged sockets, plugs, lighting and fuses.
  • Understand and maintain plant, safety systems and equipment
  • Demonstrate and implement energy, environment and sustainable practices
  • Understand and maintain grounds and external fabrication of a building, such as drainage and guttering
  • Understand and demonstrate the safe use of hand tools, for example screwdrivers, power drills, pliers, paper strippers and a variety other tools used in plumbing and carpentry
  • Demonstrate and understand the importance of the control of resources and stock
  • Understand and demonstrate the principles of Planned Preventative Maintenance
  • Understand how to prepare for refurbishment or deep clean of equipment and surfaces
  • Carry out repairs and reactive maintenance
  • Understand the importance of customer service
  • Record and report information accurately either internally or externally

Apprenticeship standard

Property maintenance operative


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If you have any enquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact our apprenticeships team on apprenticeships@keighleycollege.ac.uk or call us on 01535685035.

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