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Apprentice Sports Field Grounds Person
(St Benedict’s School)

Location:

Ealing, London, W5 2ES

Course level:

Intermediate

Course Duration:

20 months

Application Deadline Date:

2.7.24

Weekly Hours:

40 hours

Salary:

£7 ph

Positions:

1

Accommodation:

None provided

About this opportunity:

St Benedict’s provides a well-rounded, seamless education which can begin in our Nursery and continue to the end of Sixth Form. St Benedict’s has a distinguished tradition of sporting excellence. The school promotes the highest sporting aspirations and is also committed to physical fitness and sport for all. A wholesome approach to sport is encouraged in all our pupils from a very young age. Through our sports programme our pupils learn the value of teamwork, leadership, perseverance, commitment, humility, respect and discipline. Pupils are encouraged to develop the confidence that comes from participating and enjoying success by showing enthusiasm for games and competitive sport.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Undertake Level 2 Sports Turf Operative qualification through supported distant learning and on the job training and assessment.
  • Undertaking the routine grounds preparation, maintenance, and upkeep of all playing surfaces, both grass and artificial, as directed by the Head Groundsmen.
  • Involved in the preparation, to the highest standard of the Sports Field pitches.
  • Creating, marking out and setting up playing surfaces.
  • Maintaining lawns and landscape areas.
  • Maintaining an awareness of the Health and Safety Regulations in your areas of responsibility.
  • Carrying out safe working practices at all times.
  • Machinery, equipment, and vehicle operation in accordance with the manufacturers’ instructions and Health and Safety regulations.
  • Informing the Head Groundsmen of any breakdowns or defects to equipment or machinery.
  • Maintaining the cleanliness of the school grounds and work areas.
  • Supporting the efficient use of resources.
  • Assisting on occasions with traffic management, gate supervision, the control of car parking and the smooth running of major events.
  • Assisting with the movement of equipment and materials, their installation around the school, and carrying out any tasks deemed necessary to the smooth running of the school.
  • Work at either the main school or Sports Field sites.
  • Carrying out such other similar and related duties as may be required by Head Groundsman, Groundsman or senior staff.

Personal responsibilities: 

To carry out the duties and responsibilities of the post, in accordance with the School’s Health and Safety Policy and relevant Health and Safety Legislation.

St Benedict’s is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young and elderly people in their care and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Performance Standards:

To ensure that all services within the areas of responsibility are provided in accordance with the school’s commitment to high quality service provision.

This job description will be reviewed annually and may be subject to amendment or modification at any time after consultation with the post holder.  It is not a comprehensive statement of procedures and tasks but sets out the main expectations of the school in relation to the post holder’s professional responsibilities and duties.

Desired Skills and Qualities:

  • Be highly motivated and ambitious
  • Be reliable and enthusiastic
  • A desiring to achieve the highest standards
  • Work independently but also as part of a team
  • Always adhere to Health and Safety guidelines
  • Have a confirmed place on an approved Grounds maintenance course (to be arranged on application).
  • Genuine interest in sports ground maintenance

Desired Qualifications:

  • GCSE’s, or equivalents in maths and English are desired but not essential
  • Driving Licence is desired.

Future prospects

  • Subject to a suitable vacancy existing on the completion of your apprenticeship, you may then be considered for a permanent position at St Benedict’s School.

Training: 

  • Full training to be provided by the employer and KEITS at the place of employment.
  • The applicant will be working towards and gain a Level 2 Sports Turf Operative Apprenticeship Standard.
  • The learner will be allocated an industry specific training consultant who will provide both remote and on site visits throughout the apprenticeship.
  • The apprentice will work towards an End Point Assessment (EPA) at the end of their apprenticeship.

Things to consider

  • KEITS Training Services Ltd reserves the right to close the vacancy earlier than the listed closing date should the need arise.
  • All of our staff benefit from a competitive remuneration package, including:
  • 35 days holiday (for full-year posts, pro rata for part-time or fixed-term positions) to be taken during periods agreed with your line manager and meeting the needs of the department
  • Discounted school fees for permanent staff
  • A range of family-friendly benefits including enhanced maternity pay and childcare vouchers
  • Onsite parking
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Conditions of Service:

This position is offered as a full-time, full-year fixed-term contract for the duration of Apprenticeship Course (2 years).

On the completion of the course, you will receive an intermediate qualification as a Level 2 Sports Turf Operative. Failure to meet the course requirements will result in the termination of the apprenticeship and employment with St Benedict’s School.

The Apprentice Grounds person will work 5 days per week Monday to Friday with the occasional Saturday.  The hours are 40 hours per week with a 1hr unpaid lunch break. There will be an occasional requirement for flexibility with the start and finishing times to meet the needs of the department or for school events throughout the year.  Where additional hours are required, you will be given time off in lieu, and in exceptional circumstances, a claim for overtime must be approved in advance and will then be paid on submission of an authorised timesheet. Any changes to your working hours will be mutually agreed in advance with your line manager.  

We welcome applications from all parts of our community as we aspire to attract staff that match the social and cultural diversity of our student intake.

Applications will be reviewed daily, and we invite interested candidates to apply as soon as possible.

As a result of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996, employers now must verify that new recruits who are not British Nationals are eligible to work in this country.  Therefore, any applicant who is offered an interview will be asked to provide official documentation to verify their ID, address and right to work in the UK.  It is also normal practice for the school to ask for original qualifications and professional membership documents as detailed on their application.

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