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Handyperson/ Groundsworker

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Part Time, Permanent
Working Pattern:
Part Time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 28/10/2018 23:59
£18,870 to £20,541 (pro rated to hours worked)
Secure unit allowance of £2,285 per annum (pro rated to hours worked)
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Skilled Trade
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Vinney Green Secure Unit, Emersons Green Lane, Emersons Green, Bristol, BS16 7AA
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
28 Oct

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Handyperson/ Groundsworker

Summary of Post

Vinney Green Secure Unit opened in February 1995, and accommodates 24 young people of both sexes, aged between 10 and 18. The Unit has been designed to a very high standard and is structured to provide physical containment in an environment which is comfortable and attractive. Vinney Green Secure Unit offers young people a safe and caring environment, where they experience quality care, education, recreational facilities, vocational and life skills training.

Responsible to the Facilities Manager, the main duties will include general caretaking duties such as portering, basic building maintenance including painting and decorating, repair and/or replacement of some fixtures, security checks, some specific cleaning and tidying tasks, general landscaping/horticultural work and escorting on site visiting contractors.

This post is subject to General Vocational Qualifications.

This post is permanent and part time 22.5 hours per week, to be worked over 3 days (exact days of work negotiable).

Interviews will be week commencing 5 November 2018.

Please note as per Children’s Homes National Minimum Standards a worker aged 23 or older is required for this post

South Gloucestershire Council is committed to treating everyone fairly, to challenging inequalities and to promoting equality of opportunity for all. We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workforce.

Main duties

Painting and decorating to a high standard.

To supervise contractors ensuring they can account for their tools at all times and that Unit security is maintained. Monitoring the safety of their work practices, reporting where possible on the quality of their work, communicating any apparent failures to the Facilities Manager

To be responsible for the opening and closing of external gates to the playing field and the doors to the courtyards, roofs, generator room and electricity room, when access is required by contractors, ensuring they are secure at all times

To undertake minor repair work and maintenance as required, i.e. change light bulbs, repair furniture, repair exterior non-secure fencing and to paint and decorate rooms as required.

To undertake grass-cutting duties using hand and ride-on mowers, strimmers and other equipment, ensuring all areas are let clean, tidy and maintained to a high standard.

To carry out general horticultural maintenance duties such as pruning hedges, shrubs, landscaping work and planning of shrubs and trees.

To carry out once a day secure fence and gate checks to ensure that they are secure and that no dangerous articles have been left or put in secure areas where young people could have access to them.

To take delivery of stores, goods and equipment and distribute as appropriate throughout the establishment, maintaining records and completing paperwork/returns as required with the appropriate authoritative signature.

To report building, furnishing and fitting deficiencies to the Facilities Manager.

To carry out repairs where appropriate.

To undertake emergency repairs to the air conditioning plant and hot water systems where appropriate.

To ensure the storeroom is kept clean and secure.

To ensure that the fire alarms are tested once per week by the designated contractor.

To prepare an inventory of supplies required and to be responsible for the keeping of essential repair items that have a long delivery time, in conjunction with the Facilities Manager.

To set out/put away furniture for Unit events and undertake general porterage as required by the Facilities Manager.

To be responsible for the general tidiness and safety of the outside areas, e.g. the removal of litter and graffiti from paths and hard surfaces; to keep surface drains free of obstruction to ensure pedestrian access in periods of severe weather conditions; treating main entrances and paths with salt/grit as appropriate.

To clean defined area of the establishment not covered by other staff, together with emergency cleaning duties (including graffiti) arising during the working day.

To maintain COSHH records of all substances used in the repair and maintenance of the Unit.

To be responsible for ensuring that all electrical equipment is tested as per the Health & Safety legislation and to maintain records accordingly.

Selection Criteria

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience section of the application form.

Essential Criteria

Able to use domestic power tools for appropriate repair and maintenance tasks.

Relevant trade experience or work related discipline, and an appreciation of the importance of working to agreed standards of quality.

Able work effectively as part of a team.

Able to prioritise work, allocate routine tasks to others and monitor results.

Able to carry out bending and lifting such as moving equipment and materials.

Ability to work unsupervised on a day to day basis to an established work pattern. Able to deal with routine problems, but also know when to refer to the Facilities Manager.

Willing and able to wear protective clothing (which will be provided if required).

Awareness of COSSH standards, health and safety rules and procedures and to report health and safety concerns to the Facilities Manager as necessary.

Able to communicate effectively with team members and clients.

Knowledge and ability to check and maintain accurate records such as timesheets, rotas, stock lists etc.

The post holder must be committed to self-development via NVQ training and other training and development courses deemed to be appropriate by the Department, which includes compulsory “core” training.

Exemplify the Council’s values and behaviours.

Desirable Criteria

Experience of allocating and supervising the work of others.

Additional Information

For informal enquiries, please contact Peter Randall, Resource Manager on 0117 970 2286.

This post is permanent and part time 22.5 hours per week, to be worked over 3 days (exact days of work negotiable).

Interviews will be week commencing 5 November 2018.

Please note that it is a requirement of employment that an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is obtained for this post. This means that you must declare any criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings unless these are ‘protected’ as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) order 1975 (as amended in 2013).

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has a confidential checking process for transgender applicants who do not wish to reveal details of their previous identity to the person who has asked them to complete an application form for a DBS check.

The contact details are:
Sensitive Applications Team, Customer services, PO Box 165, Liverpool, L69 3JD
Email sensitive@dbs.gsi.gov.uk

Use of vehicle

If the nature of the duties require you to travel on Council business on a regular basis, so you must either have a current driving licence and provide a car, or have access to appropriate means of travel.

If you use your vehicle on authorised Council business, you will receive a mileage payment based on the Inland Revenue Authorised Mileage Allowance Payment Scheme (AMAPS). The allowance is provided on the condition that your own insurance covers you for business use and indemnifies the Council against claim (including those concerning passengers) arising out of the use of the vehicle on official business. You will also be eligible for a car loan if you meet the criteria within the Council’s Car Loan Scheme.

Annual leave must be taken in conjunction with the needs of the secure service

It is essential that the post holder is prepared to work outside normal working hours and be contactable if an emergency situation arises.

The post holder may be required to work evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays.
Annual leave must be taken in conjunction with the needs of the secure service.

A Secure Unit is a closed facility and movement is governed by the controlled unlocking of electronic doors

The environment can become tense and anxiety provoking given that young people are detained

Young people can present physically threatening behaviour

Surveillance cameras are in use in certain areas of the building

VGSU is a no smoking environment, and there is no provision to facilitate smoking

Lifting involved

Some “dirty” jobs involved

The post holder must be committed to self-development via NVQ training and other training and development courses deemed to be appropriate by the Department, which includes compulsory “core” training

The post holder must be mindful of confidentiality at all times

It is essential that you are fit to carry out Restrictive Physical Intervention techniques for which full training will be given

There is a requirement for staff to make a monthly contribution towards the beverages provided by the unit, which is deducted at source

This post is also subject to a medical, which is satisfactory to management

NB: A Secure Unit Allowance is payable in recognition of the ‘closed’ nature of the facility

In the future there may be a requirement to undertake further physical fitness checks.

This post is subject to a Disqualification from Working with Children declaration.

Salary: £18,870 - £20,541, plus secure unit allowance of £2,285, per annum (pro rated to hours worked)

Hours: 22.5 hours per week, to be worked over 3 days (exact days of work negotiable).

Closing Date: 28 October 2018

Vacancy Ref: SGC1320/840/SS

Our Values

Our staff need to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. They must work well with others to reach a common goal and be willing to embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. They must use their initiative to deliver and take responsibility for their performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and must make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services. Our managers are also required to demonstrate effective leadership qualities, shape and manage team plans and motivate their staff to achieve.

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