Apprentice Caretaker

Would you like a career in a school? There’s an exciting opportunity for you to join Brighton & Hove City Council’s and Downs View School and gain full training and qualification as a Property Maintenance Operative. 

About Downs View School

Downs View is an Outstanding (Ofsted 2016) SEN Specialism (communication & interaction) school & college for 171 pupils aged 4 to 19 years with the above needs.

We are a highly innovative, committed, outward looking and enthusiastic organisation in all aspects of our work but especially: highest quality education and care, inclusive practice, staff development and parental engagement.

About The Role

As a core member of the school’s maintenance team you will learn to understand the mechanism of buildings including electrical, plumbing, plant, safety systems and equipment and how to carry out basic maintenance.

This will include learning to inspect school equipment and to carry out basic maintenance to school buildings – this may include decorating, carpentry, basic plumbing, and minor repairs such as faulty plugs, fuses, light bulbs, and refurbishment projects such as erecting shelves, partitions, work surfaces as directed within capabilities.

There is an opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised qualification (Property Maintenance Operative level 2 apprenticeship) whilst gaining real work experience and a salary.

The course is run by Chichester College Group who is responsible for supporting you with your learning and carrying out training. Your work experience will be linked to the modules and units in your course. You will receive additional support from a nominated mentor, throughout the duration of the Apprenticeship.

Flexible working is supported where possible, local government salary-related pension offered, a child care voucher scheme as well the benefits of gaining staff discounts around the City and accessing other services. As an Apprentice you are also eligible to gain an apprentice NUS card and can take advantage of the Catch the bus4work scheme.

The deadline for applications is 1st November 2019 with interviews happening w/c 11th November 2019.

Please note, your application may be shared with the training provider.

The duration of the apprenticeship will be 24 months.

How To Apply

You can apply for this role by downloading and completing both the Apprentice Caretaker Application Form and the Apprentice Caretaker Questions form shown below. The job details and person specification can also be found below. Please note that Brighton & Hove City Council does not accept CVs or resumes. As you go through the application, it will explain what information you need to provide and why. Don’t forget, please read the guidance notes to help you put across your experience, skills and abilities necessary for the job you apply for. And please don’t forget to also complete the Questions form.

Apprentice Caretaker Application Form (with guidance notes)

Apprentice Caretaker Questions Form

Apprentice Caretaker Job Description and Person Specification

To apply for the role, please fully complete both the above application form and the questions and send through to

If required, please send hard copies to: Abi Signorelli – School Office Manager, Downs View School, Warren Road, Woodingdean, Brighton BN2 6BB.

If you have never worked or been unemployed for a while, an apprenticeship can often be a great way of gaining valuable work experience whilst studying for a qualification. It can enhance your CV and be a good way of making professional contacts that could help your future chosen career.