Premises Assistant - Working for Essex
Salary: £22,361 per annum
Closing date: 12 Oct 2023
Location: Basildon
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 13810
Role: Operations
About the role

Premises Assistant

Fixed Term, Full Time

£22,361 per annum

Location: Basildon

Working Style: Fixed-base worker

This is a Fixed-term contract for 12 months 37 hours per week role, 5 days a week. Exact working pattern can be discussed at interview, but some evening and Saturday shifts will be required.

8% enhancement to be added when working unsociable hours during an evening shift.

The primary working location is Adult Community Learning Basildon, Lifelong Learning Centre, Churchill Avenue, Broadmayne Basildon SS14 3SG. Therefore, a driving license and car, or ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means, is essential.

We are looking for someone 18+ as you will be expected to lock and unlock buildings and lone working. You will need to be very practical and interested in gaining experience in the facilities industry and possibly a level 2 qaulification in a related field.

Job Purpose:

The Premises Assistant is responsible for organising and carrying out effective caretaking, and cleaning of the centre to ensure a safe and clean environment for customers, with responsibility for the implementation and monitoring of all Health & Safety requirements at the centre.

Adult Community Learning (ACL) is ECC’s provider of lifelong learning experiences for Essex residents.

ACL offers qualifications to help people move nearer to, enter or progress within the workplace, or gain skills to enhance life chances. The service focuses many of its programmes and activities on the hardest to reach communities within Essex. ACL learners have access to a diverse range of accredited and non-accredited courses which encourage creativity, healthy lifestyles, social inclusion and engagement.

The role is 37 hours per week. Main shift pattern is Monday to Saturday. This can be discussed in interview. However, you will need to be flexible to working outside of those hours and days when required. Very occasional Sunday cover required.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  • To oversee the security of and access to the site, locking and unlocking building to allow access, acting as key-holder in an emergency and responding to calls outside normal working hours, setting and turning off alarms as required and checking them regularly.
  • Undertake caretaking and cleaning to ensure an efficient and effective service is provided for staff, learners and customers. Ensure cleaning standards are met in accordance with specifications
  • To undertake room setups and supply teaching aids in accordance with tutor and visitor booking information.
  • To take part and help organise periodic Emergency evacuation of premises in line with Health & Safety codes of practice.
  • Responsible for preventing, as far as possible, unauthorised access to the site and unauthorised parking of vehicles, within appropriate policies and codes of practice
  • Responsible for welcoming members of the public, other colleagues and contractors onto site
  • Maintain an inventory of the centre’s equipment, updating and reviewing on an annual basis. Test and check functioning of electrical equipment
  • Undertake Health and Safety Risk Assessments, including external premises, ensuring policies and procedures are adhered to. Organise periodic emergency evacuation of premises in line with Health and Safety codes of practice. Monitor systems and equipment ensuring they meet health and safety requirements
  • Monitor contractors and personnel working on the site, ensuring work is carried out in accordance with specification and compliant with health and safety procedures
  • Maintain grounds, including mowing and clearing of weeds, ensure all hard areas and paths are free from litter and drains and gullies are free flowing and clean. Clear snow paths and provide access to premises in all weathers
  • Creation and keeping of records, carrying out admin data inputting and general IT communications
  • Contribute to the management of stock, ordering and delivery of cleaning materials, other supplies, materials and goods
  • Undertake first line repairs and maintenance, as set out in the maintenance plan, ensuring the most effective use of resources
  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework Requirement to travel between centres as and when required.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Educated to level 2 (GCSE) or equivalent by experience
  • Ability to develop skills within role
  • Hands on approach to problem solving
  • Experience of cleaning, caretaking and maintenance activities
  • Exemplar knowledge and understanding of Health & Safety regulations and policies/procedures with proven understanding of Health & Safety and manual handling policies
  • IT literacy – corresponding by email, Teams and general IT admin required
  • Good communication and general people skills. You will be meeting and greeting all visitors to the site(s)
  • The role requires the postholder to be mobile throughout a wide operational area, including travelling around the county of Essex. A driving license and car, or ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means, is essential

Training and Qualifications Provided:

  • PAT Testing.
  • Legionella testing.
  • First Aid Qualification(Emergency First Aid at Work or First Aid at Work)
  • Risk assessment
  • ACL Essex offers a wide range of courses that can be undertaken as a staff member. Ranging from Pottery to L5 Qualifications including apprenticeships. These course can be supported through work place development.
  • You will also receive generous holiday pay and access to hundreds of discounts and perks as well as the opportunity to join our competitive pension scheme.

Please note that the job role requires you to be mobile throughout an operational area. Therefore, the post holder will need to have a driving licence and access to a vehicle, or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means.

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If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

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