The King’s School, Macclesfield

Grounds Operative (Apprentice)

Client details:
King’s is a beautiful school and a wonderful place to work. Founded in 1502, the school currently has two teaching sites in Macclesfield, Cheshire. Few schools can offer such a rich and varied curriculum and wide array of extra-curricular opportunities, within a warm and friendly community with excellent relationships between its pupils and staff.  In September 2020, the school will relocate to new purpose-built facilities on our new campus on the edge of Macclesfield and Prestbury.

The King’s School employs around 200-230 staff (inclusive of self-employed), with a unique set of skills and abilities.  We are proud to support our superb staff and this applies as much to our dedicated support staff as to our teaching colleagues.  We want all staff to feel part of the King's community and for them to make the most of their career.

We offer a range of benefits to our employees:
> Competitive salary;
> Teacher pension scheme for teaching staff;
> Dedicated support staff pension scheme;
> Opportunities and support for continuing professional development including dedicated and personalised CPD funding arrangements;
> Dedicated Development Days for whole staff training;
> King's is a regional centre for NQTs (ISTIP approved);
> Free school lunches on the days you are working on site during term-time;
> Wellbeing initiatives, i.e. Flu jabs, yoga, staff football, full-time nurses on site, mindfulness for staff, and other support as needed;
> Access to latest technology both at home and in school;
> Opportunities to participate in/run a myriad of clubs and societies;
> Staff social events (Christmas lunch, end of term celebrations);
> Fee discount for staff children for permanent members of staff.

Candidate profile:
The objective of this role is to ensure the efficient maintenance and development of sports playing surfaces, their structures and associated areas and to ensure that safe, consistent, well presented and good quality playing surfaces are always available to students and visitors. In addition, the role will require the general maintenance and development of landscaped and garden areas.

Previous experience is not essential but a degree of working on one’s own initiative is essential. The job is varied and requires a hands-on approach with good communication skills.   The role includes the use and maintenance of various tractors, machinery and equipment as required.  Grounds staff may also assist other support staff in the day-to-day needs of the school environment.  As the school operates across various sites in Macclesfield, a driving licence is advantageous to enable travel between sites.  The suitable candidate will be required to sign up to an apprenticeship course and attend courses as necessary.

Key accountabilities:
The objective of this role is to ensure the efficient maintenance and development of sports playing surfaces, their structures and associated areas and to ensure that safe, consistent, well presented and good quality playing surfaces are always available to students and visitors. In addition, the role will require the general maintenance and development of landscaped and garden areas.

Previous experience is not essential but a degree of working on one’s own initiative is essential. The job is varied and requires a hands-on approach with good communication skills.   The role includes the use and maintenance of various tractors, machinery and equipment as required.  Grounds staff may also assist other support staff in the day-to-day needs of the school environment.  As the school operates across various sites in Macclesfield, a driving licence is advantageous to enable travel between sites.  The suitable candidate will be required to sign up to an apprenticeship course and attend courses as necessary.

Grounds Operatives are responsible for ensuring that the grounds are maintained across all sites and tasks will vary on a daily basis.  Duties may include:
> Assisting in the preparation and maintenance of all sports surfaces and horticultural areas to a high standard;
> Tractor and trailer driving;
> Lawn maintenance and cultivation;
> Carrying out minor repairs to gardening equipment, tractors and machinery;
> Making use of appropriate equipment and facilities in order to complete duties in the most efficient and effective way;
> Ensuring security of the departmental vehicles, tools, machinery and equipment at all times;
> Maintenance of boundary fences, hedges, ditches, verges, car parks and paths;
> Hedge-cutting including use of a mobile elevated work platform and ladders;
> Soil cultivation, digging and forking, mulching, watering, raking, weeding, edging, pruning, seed sowing, bed preparation and planting;
> Ensuring ornamental borders and lawns are maintained to the required standard to provide a high quality, visually attractive site;
> Maintaining the grounds to ensure pathways and drives are clear of litter/snow/ice with cooperation from additional support staff.

HOURS AND ENVIRONMENT
This is a full-time position available as soon as possible and involves a core basic 40-hour week.  In addition, the working hours of the role may include early mornings, late evenings and weekends. 

The post holder will be on their feet for the majority of the time, bending, lifting, carrying and often on ladders.  Grounds and Garden staff are provided with protective clothing for inclement weather and other clothing, such as gloves and overalls, is also provided as required.  The duties of this post will include lifting and manual handling.  Therefore, the job holder should be familiar with the procedures required for these areas.

SALARY AND CONDITIONS
The salary for this post will be based on minimum wage dependent on age.  The successful candidate will be expected to enrol in a suitable vocational apprenticeship course through a relevant provider.  A contributory pension scheme including life assurance is also available.  Candidates should note that all appointments are subject to a routine check with the DBS.

The hours of work are 40 hours per week from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm with a one-hour lunch break. Holiday entitlement is 18 days plus Bank Holidays and four mandatory shutdown days per annum, increasing to 23 days plus Bank Holidays and four mandatory shutdown days after five years’ service.  It is expected that holidays are taken out of term-time by prior agreement, as it is essential that presence be maintained during term-time.  Some weekend and evening work may also be required.  Free school lunches are provided whilst the school is open during the term.

Essential requirements:
The successful candidate will be expected to enrol in a suitable vocational apprenticeship course through a relevant provider. 

Process to apply:
If you wish to discuss the post, informally, please speak to Steve Moores, the Head Groundsman, on (01625 260000). Your completed application form should be sent to the Human Resources Officer (staffvacancies@kingsmac.co.uk) as soon as possible. The closing date for applications is 28th February 2020.  The school prefers the form to be completed electronically. It is available from the school’s website.

Website: 
www.kingsmac.co.uk.

Type:
Permanent, Full time

Hours:
40 hours per week

Closing date:
Friday, 28 February 2020 - 11:45pm

Salary:
Minimum wage dependent on age

Region:
North of England

Email:
Staffvacancies@kingsmac.co.uk

Telephone:
01625 260000