Caretaker/Handy Person - Mulberry Tree Family Centre

England, Essex, Colchester
04 Aug 2020
19 Aug 2020
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Contract Type

Please note this is 6 month Fixed Term Contract

Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a very successful track record of delivering transformational change. ECC anticipated change was needed in the public sector and has worked to deliver better quality at lower cost. We have an ambitious transformation agenda - one with the scope to reach every part of the council. We are changing the way we think, the way we work, and the ways in which we deliver our services. We are committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We're immensely proud of our flexible working options.

The handy person/caretaker will undertake a range of caretaking duties including security and supervision of the premises and related equipment, maintenance, DIP/handyperson duties, porterage, cleaning and monitoring standards of contracted cleaner to ensure the premises are in a good condition and can function efficiently.

To act as keyholder to lock and unlock buildings ensuring access by staff, pupils and visitors ensuring the relevant security of the premises including dealing with any unauthorised access issues as appropriate.

Duties may include:
  • Provide access to the premises in an emergency, including responding to call outs outside normal working hours in the event of break ins or other emergencies
  • Planning of own routine workload to ensure that the premises are clean and in a good state of repair and function efficiently
  • Undertake first line repairs and handyperson/maintenance tasks as required, including painting, repairs, putting up shelving
  • To undertake the full range of cleaning tasks within the premises (and monitor those carried out by the contract cleaner) including toilets, the cleaning of windows and polishing of floors etc.
  • Ensuring that toilets are replenished with stock and that stocks of cleaning materials etc. are maintained
  • To check that central heating systems are appropriately set and function effectively, organizing maintenance if required. Take meter readings as required
  • Monitor the condition of the premises reporting any routine repairs that cannot be undertaken by the postholder and follow up to ensure that work is undertaken
  • Monitor contractors working on site ensuring that work is undertaken satisfactorily
  • In liaison with the head of establishment identify and plan for any longer term premises repairs and maintenance needs
  • Porterage duties including moving and setting out of furniture and taking delivery of stock
  • Ensure that own equipment is maintained
  • To keep all hard areas and paths are free from litter and all drains and gullies are free flowing and clean. Clear paths of snow etc in the event of bad weather
  • Pruning and strimming as and when necessary and reporting additional requirements to grounds maintenance contractor
  • Undertake any additional duties in connection with the evening or weekend use of the premises as required
  • Undertake health and safety duties as required by including the weekly testing of fire alarm bells and appropriate recording, ensuring that all other duties are carried out in accordance with health and safety requirements
  • To participate in the performance and development review process, taking responsibility for identifying learning and development opportunities and reflect on training needs for discussion with the line manager
  • To ensure that all duties and services provided are in accordance with the council equal opportunities policy and practice
  • The duties of the post may be changed and/or varied to meet changing circumstances at the discretion of the head of establishment
  • Able to undertake physical aspects of the job. (post involves lifting/ carrying heavy loads and working in awkward positions)
  • Able to on occasions/regularly cover evenings and weekends on a rota basis and able to respond to any emergency call outs
  • You will be required to operate powered equipment including domestic-type laundry equipment and work in a flexible way to meet the requirements of the centre

  • Educated to RQF level 2 (GCSE) or equivalent by experience, which may include specific practical qualifications such as apprenticeships.
  • Evidence of Health and Safety experience, relevant qualifications and recent training.
  • Evidence of a First Aid qualification, training and experience.

  • As part of employment with Essex County Council should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please visit:

    Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. For more information please use the following link:

    Please note ECC regularly reviews its reward and benefits

    Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

    We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

    If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Resourcing Team on 03330135888.