Building & Maintenance Assistant

May 17, 2022

Job Description

Sedbergh School are looking for a Building and Maintenance Assistant to join their fantastic Estates team.

We are looking for hardworking individuals with a passion for building and maintenance work to assist with the building and repair work at our excellent campus in Sedbergh.

The ideal candidate will be confident to carry out general building work and maintenance, including construction work to school properties. To ensure that all work undertaken is completed with due regard for timescales, cost, quality, productivity, good communications and in line with health and safety requirements.

Main Duties & Responsibilities

General Building Work

  • To undertake general building work on all school properties as necessary, including any repairs or modifications.
  • Perform maintenance and light repairs throughout the School
  • To undertake general building new works, maintenance & repairs
  • Undertake duties as assigned or emergency tasks (e.g. gritting or shovelling snow) and support to the grounds staff
  • Identify, report the need for minor and major repairs followed by action to resolve
  • Carry out maintenance works posted on the helpdesk and as directed by the Clerk of Works and Maintenance and Helpdesk Supervisor;
  • To liaise with the Heads, Senior Management Team and other members of staff within the school and report any matters as necessary to the immediate line manager.
  • To provide a service to the school and maintain a good customer relationship as a priority.

Health and Safety

  • Ensure that routine housekeeping of the work areas around the school, the workshops and vehicles; keeping them clean, tidy, safe and legal.
  • Ensure the safe security and upkeep of tools and equipment, including the maintenance of any relevant records.
  • Ensure that all work is performed in accordance with the requirements of Health and Safety and other relevant legislation.
  • Ensure that Risk Assessments are undertaken, documented, adhered to and regularly reviewed.
  • Report near miss events immediately
  • Ensure the safe storage and monitoring of any COSHH items.
  • To assist the Clerk of Works with delegated work as required.
  • To use school IT systems including the Maintenance Helpdesk to manage jobs.To assist colleagues as necessary during busy periods.
  • Attend relevant staff meetings, other meetings, and training and development as required by the post.
  • Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to safeguarding (child protection), health safety and security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person.
  • Contribute to the ethos of the school.
  • Undertake such other general maintenance duties as requested from time to time in accordance with the grade of the role.
  • Be prepared to cover weekend call out duty when requested – rotational with other team members

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

The following are essential criteria:

  • Evidence of a wide range of general building and maintenance work, including small works and projects.
  • A minimum of three years relevant work experience.
  • A minimum qualification of at least an NVQ Level 3 or equivalent in general building, preferably having served a general building apprenticeship.
  • An understanding of health and safety management, including risk assessments to ensure all activities are carried out in a safe way.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in dealing with staff at all levels.
  • The ability to prioritise workload and manage competing deadlines/demands and use initiative in a variety of situations to manage the client (school) expectations.
  • Up to date training in manual handling, safe use of powered machinery, working at heights (ladder, scaffold and MEWP) and COSHH.
  • The ability to maintain accurate records to ensure compliance with all statutory and non-statutory regulations and guidelines.
  • Physically fit to stand, bend, lift and carry heavy goods in accordance with the manual handling requirements of the role.
  • Flexible, likes working in a team and able to work on their own initiative.
  • To have a working knowledge of IT systems in order to use basic Microsoft Office tools and access and update jobs generated by the Maintenance Helpdesk and use the School Hub
  • Full driving licence – the post will require some driving
  • An understanding of safeguarding (child protection) – explained during interview and inductions
  • An empathy with the ethos and values of the school.
  • Willingness to learn new skills

The following are desirable criteria:

  • Another trade skill to a good DIY level at least.
  • Experience of Health and Safety issues associated within a school environment.
  • Experience in a similar school/maintenance role.
  • Specialist dry stone walling or lime mortar skills and experience

In exchange for your hard work and commitment, the School will offer:

  • Contributory Pension Scheme – to include life cover while remaining within the scheme;
  • Statutory Sick Pay entitlement – conditional on meeting the demands of the scheme
  • Free car parking;
  • Ride2Work;
  • Opportunity to see School productions;
  • Staff events and family fun days!
  • Use of the School’s vast facilities (outside School timetabling) including the indoor swimming pool, tennis & squash courts, and the incredible state of the art Hirst Centre, which opened in 2018.

Why Sedbergh?

The magnificent location of Sedbergh and the equally picturesque site of our Prep School at Casterton, just 10 miles away, offers staff an enviable opportunity to work in the spectacular scenery of the Howgills and Yorkshire Dales. If you live outside the area, then you should consider the benefits of relocating here.

Outdoors enthusiasts have a wide range of walking, fishing, sailing, climbing, caving and other outdoor pursuits all within easy reach.

For those with a desire to get away occasionally, the M6 motorway and the West Coast railway are both a short distance away for travel North or South, while other routes make West Yorkshire and the North East easy to reach.
Working for Sedbergh School means working within the School community as part of a close-knit Estates Team. Sedbergh school is committed to the development of its people and there are opportunities to develop your career and qualifications further.

Early application is advised as an appointment will be made upon finding a suitable candidate.

Sedbergh School is committed to safeguarding & protecting the welfare of children. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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