Ground Worker/Fencing Operative
Brighton and Hove City Council are recruiting for experienced and enthusiastic tradespeople to join our newly in-sourced Housing Repairs and Maintenance Team
Do you want to support the residents of the city with their general ground works and repairs? Do you want to focus on your trade and not sourcing materials, writing quotes or chasing customers for payment? Do you have a full clean drivers licence? Do you have experience in a ground working trade?
If so, we’d welcome your application to work within our busy Housing Repairs and Maintenance Service.
For an informal discussion, please contact Keith Perry – Project Manager on 07592 591491 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About the role
You will carry out high-standard general repairs and refurbishment activities for our residents’ homes, delivering high customer service and meeting all safety, quality and cost control standards.
You will mainly be working on occupied properties within the Brighton and Hove area either on your own or in a small team. The key tasks will be:
• Concrete repairs
• PCC slabbing/Poured concrete pathways
• Keyklamp/pre-fabricated handrails
• Repair/renew rainwater goods
• Installation of ground drainage systems (Aco/French drains)
• Experience of hand excavation, for concreting/ slab laying, and fencing
• Role will include using medium to heavy concrete breakers.
• Experience in removing and re installing all types of fencing along with varying types of fence repairs.
• A good understanding of basic building and carpentry would be advantageous,
• Ability to set out and install new fencing.
• Experience in using petrol driven tools, mowers and strimmers.
• Good experience of working with service users.
• Good experience in a building construction/maintenance environment working as a groundworker/ fencing operative.
• Experience of working with general building tools and equipment and personal protective equipment.
Our residents come from a variety of backgrounds and some are vulnerable so you will need to be comfortable interacting with a wide range of people.
Our team members say they enjoy working in Housing Repairs because “Every day is completely different, we really get a chance to help people from the local community and it feels great to have made a difference at the end of the day”.
In return for your skills and hard work, we offer:
• A defined working week of 37 hours per week plus 5.5 hours of contracted overtime (Monday – Friday 08.00 – 17.00)
• The opportunity to take on additional call out shifts if you want to
• A full induction with job shadowing in your first week and on-going development
• Your own allocated fleet vehicle for work use
• Paid annual leave
• Pension scheme
Please read our Apply for a job at the council (brighton-hove.gov.uk) pages carefully. They give you all the guidance you need to complete your application as well as information on what will happen after you’ve submitted your application and at interview.
As part of your application, you will need to upload your CV and answers to some shortlisting questions. Your answers to the shortlisting questions are the most important part of your application as they will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (CV guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk) and Shortlisting questions guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk) as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is term-time only. For part time applicants, where your working week is less than the council’s basic 37 hour week, contracted overtime rated pay will not form part of your working hours. This is because overtime rated pay is payable for hours worked in excess of the council’s basic 37 hour week. Your starting salary will be pro rata based on the basic annual salary elements of pay between £24,948 & £26,845.
Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see Gov.uk for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.
For more information about our values and the benefits of working at the council, visit Why work for us (brighton-hove.gov.uk)
Encouraging a diverse workforce
Our city is known and loved for its diversity. Not only is the mixture of people, culture and skills vital to the economic and social development of the city, it's what makes Brighton & Hove such a great place to live, work and visit. We are committed to developing and retaining a workforce that is representative of the diverse communities we serve so we welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds. In order to achieve our aims of proportionate representation, we particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, male or trans.
Find out more about our commitment to being a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone can achieve their potential by reading about our fair and inclusive actions, our anti-racism strategy and the work we are doing to encourage a diverse workforce (brighton-hove.gov.uk).
Please note that this post is subject to a Basic Disclosure Criminal Records Check.