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Job Title : Grounds Person Apprentice
Employer : Houghton Regis Town Council
Location : Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire, LU5 5EY
Position Type : Apprenticeship
Sector : Horticulture
Vacancy Reference : VAC-11880
Brief Description : Joining a busy grounds team, this training position will develop your competence in Grounds work within the Council’s cemetery, parks, recreation areas and open spaces and the maintenance of play equipment, sports facilities and buildings.

 

Qualifications Required : Good level of Maths and English
Vacancy Detail : Joining a busy grounds team, this training position will develop your competence in Grounds work within the Council’s cemetery, parks, recreation areas and open spaces and the maintenance of play equipment, sports facilities and buildings.

Buildings and Equipment

As directed by the Grounds Foreman:

• Maintenance of all council owned buildings
• Maintenance and cleanliness of Council Workshop.
• Routine maintenance of machines, equipment and buildings.
• Routine maintenance and cleaning of all Council vehicles and plant.

Health & Safety

• Own health and safety
• Proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). PPE must be worn when applicable.
• Reporting of safety defects & concerns
• Reporting of any health & safety concerns

Service Provision

As directed by the Grounds Foreman the maintenance of the cemetery and all parks, open spaces and recreation grounds including:

• Grass mowing/strimming
• Preparation and marking out for sports activities
• Plant and shrub bed work
• Tree / hedge cutting
• Pathway clearance and edging
• Litter collection
• Emptying litter bins including dog waste bins
• Weed and pest control
• Fencing and barrier work
• Burial plot preparation
• Annual pitch renovation programme

Maintenance of community assets, including:

• Play equipment
• Street furniture

Liaison with members of the public, users of facilities etc.

Such other duties within the range and scope of the job as may be required from time to time.
Positions Available : 1
Working Week : 37 hours per week including training (Summer and winter hours apply)
Salary : £148.00 Per Week
Application Deadline Date : 15/09/2019
Possible Start Date : 23/09/2019
Personal Qualities : Energetic, enthusiastic with a proactive attitude, keen to learn and grow, have a personable and positive manner.
Skills Required : Good communication skills both written and verbal; be able to work as part of a team; use your own initiative and be eager to learn new skills/tasks.
Future Prospects : This apprenticeship is a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic individual to start their horticultural career.
Training to be Provided : Level 2 Apprenticeship in either Horticulture or Landscape Operative. Plus: Emegency First Aid at Work, Level 2 Safe use of handling and application of pesticides, Functional Skills in English & maths (if required). You will also study a range of topics to include: Health and Safety, Business Skills, Machinery, Plant and Soil Science, Plant health
Other Information : Candidates must attend an initial interview with a member of the Bedford College Apprenticeship Recruitment Team and complete an online maths and English test which will be sent out prior to your initial interview if you meet the entry criteria. Please note this is part of the recruitment process and must be completed in order for your application to be progressed to the next stage
Things to consider : Would the candidate comfortable with working within the cemetery ground?
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