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School Caretaker - Hob Moor Children's Centre, York (30 hpw)

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Location: Acomb
Company: Sewell Group
Hours: Part time
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About our company:
Sewell Group has a long and illustrious history dating back to 1876, leading the way in core business areas; Investments, Projects, Construction, Safety, Health & Environment, Facilities and Fuel & Convenience Retailing. Sewell is recognised as a ‘Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For’, living the core philosophy of ‘a great place to work and a great company to deal with’, with customers and communities at its heart.

Sewell Facilities provide a full range of tailored, cost effective packages, for all purposes across a variety of industry sectors. This includes planned and reactive buildings maintenance services and life cycle planning, together with the provision of soft services such as front of house, catering, cleaning, grounds maintenance and site supervision. The multi-disciplined, multi-skilled Facilities team is supported by a strong supply chain and specialist service partners. Sewell Facilities are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year via a Helpdesk which is part of our Computer Aided Facilities Management (CAFM) system.

Role Overview:

Reporting to the Facilities Manager/Facilities Team Manager, the School Caretaker will be based at Hob Moor Children's Centre, York, and will have overall responsibility for maintenance, porterage and cleaning services. The School Caretaker will also ensure that all services are provided to a consistently high standard and assist the Facilities Management team in all areas required to meet the needs of both the business and the client. The School Caretaker will need to work flexibly to meet the needs of the team and may be required to take part in the out of hour’s on-call rota system.

Hours of work:

  • Monday to Friday, 12.30pm-6.30pm
  • 30 hours per week

Key responsibilities:

  • Planned and reactive maintenance as required. Responding to all allocated helpdesk requests ensure jobs are completed within allocated service level agreements
  • Utility monitoring
  • General maintenance and repairs to building fabric and associated equipment as necessary
  • Identification and reporting/repairing of defects and maintenance requirements
  • Porterage and caretaking tasks; including accepting deliveries, litter picking, weeding, removal of rubbish and the setting out of furniture to agreed timescales and standards
  • Supervision and induction of Subcontractors; including monitoring of risk assessments & method statement compliance during works
  • Health & Safety duties; ensuring that the building is operated in a safe and legally compliant manner at all times
  • Client liaison; including communication with the Head Teacher / nominated deputy
  • Health, Safety and Environmental watchdog
  • Managing and fire systems and relevant documentation as Building Fire Officer
  • Be a main key holder to the School, including responding to emergency call outs as part of the on-call rota system
  • Carry out emergency cleaning as and when required
  • Ensure safe pedestrian access especially during adverse weather conditions
  • Carry out the normal operating and testing procedures for the hydrotherapy pool

Sewell is an equal opportunities employer, recruiting within the guidelines of the Equality Act 2010. We are committed to the promotion of diversity and equal opportunity, as an employer and in the delivery of our products and services. As a committed safe employer, an enhanced DBS (criminal record) check will be carried out for this role


Skills & Attributes:
As well as exhibiting the Sewell Behaviours, the successful person will have the following:


  • Have a positive and professional attitude
  • Be computer literate (Microsoft Office)
  • Have a proactive attitude towards maintaining the facility at a world class quality level
  • Hold excellent communications skills and the ability to liaise with Tenant Groups & subcontractors
  • Possess good organisational skills with the ability to prioritise a variety of tasks
  • Possess a positive approach to learning, development and progression
  • Have a trade background or good practical core skills together with previous maintenance experience
  • Have a flexible outlook towards hours worked (some out of hours working may be required)
  • Have working knowledge of current Health and Safety practice


  • Previous working experience within a school environment
  • Be First Aid at Work trained
  • Hold a Valid UK Driving license
  • IOSH Managing Safely – or similar qualification


  • £10.65 - £11.15 per hour
  • 6 monthly bonus opportunity
  • Auto enrolment pension
  • Access to thousands of highstreet retail discounts
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