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Apprentice: Grounds (Level 2)

The post holder will:

Assist the Grounds Team in the general grounds maintenance of all University Sites, not only to support the University Development plans, but also to put customer satisfaction as a prime performance target. This post is predominantly based at St Johns Site with the Grounds Team however; the post holder will be required to work on any of the other University Sites as and when required within the Campus Services Team.

This position will be running alongside a recognised horticulture course in conjunction with Pershore College and the post holder will be expected to attend on days specified.
Training: The position offers a combination of “on the job” training working alongside experienced colleagues, and paid day release to Pershore College to undertake the following formal qualification:

Work Based Learning Diploma level 2 in Horticulture.
The role is suitable for people qualified up to level 3 (e.g. A level) and the minimum requirement is 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) in Mathematics and English. The successful candidate will attend Pershore College and will need to be available to attend an initial 2 day induction. You will need to be able to travel independently to college and agreed travel expenses will be paid.

Please ensure that you provide examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria in the Person Specification. To read about the experience of our other apprentices please visit and more about the Apprenticeship Scheme, visit:

 In the supporting statement of your application form please give evidence to demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria listed in the person specification; you are advised to address each item on the person specification in turn and give specific examples of activities you have undertaken.


Closing date: Sunday 17 Dec 2017

Reference number: FM1716 - 3477

Job details

Job details

Band 1: £15,961 - £16,168
37 hours (weekends and flexibility with hours may be required)
As soon as possible
The apprenticeship to be completed within a maximum of two years
Responsible to
Grounds Manager
Responsible for
Interview date
To be confirmed


For more information about the department visit the Facilities website.



The University of Worcester is a high quality University with an international reputation for excellent, inclusive education, as well as a dynamic engine for social and economic development in the region. We are known for creative, high achieving work with partner organisations and for promoting equal opportunities.

The Henwick Grove site in St Johns is located close to the city centre in Worcester and is within 43 acres. It is characterised by relatively low-density development with non-residential and residential buildings of a range of ages and designs. There are extensive playing fields and the campus is attractively landscaped. The residential student Halls provides 789 bed spaces.

The second site in the City Centre is the former Worcester Royal Infirmary, which is vacant following the relocation of the hospital. The site has an area of 22 hectares, is within walking distance of the St Johns site at Henwick Grove and has potential for a mixed use development and currently has student Halls providing 176 bed spaces.

The University also have a number of satellite sites ranging from a sport arena and sports fields to accommodation.
Campus Services are based within the Facilities Department, which covers a wide range of services within University of Worcester, including Halls of Residence, Cleaning, Estates, Porters, Grounds, Reception, Commercial bookings and Catering. We also work very closely with Student Services supporting the University Community Development Workers.

Students living and studying on campus come from a range of backgrounds, cultures and communities and the primary task of the Facilities department is to ensure all University of Worcester students live in a harmonious, secure, tolerant and respectful environment conducive to learning and personal development.



Main duties

Main duties

1. To carry out day-to-day tidying of all areas on any allocated University Site.

2. To carry and communicate via a two-way radio communication system.

3. To use mechanical machinery such as mowers, hedge cutters, strimmers, etc.

4. To report damage and breakages to the Grounds Manager.

5. To remove day to day waste materials for recycling and confidential waste from pre- determined collection points. To transport the waste to compactors and skips.

6. To empty litter bins around campus daily and undertake patrols of all areas of the University’s sites and car parks. Where appropriate, to clear litter using pedestrian and mechanical sweepers.

7. To be responsible and provide assistance and when fire/intruder/panic alarms sound.

8. To carry out general grounds maintenance such as grass cutting or weeding.

9. To work with the Grounds Team on any major or minor grounds improvement using whatever tools are applicable.

10. To Contribute towards ideas and improvements for the University Grounds

11. To assist where possible to the University biodiversity action plan.

12. To carry out any driving duties as directed by the Grounds Manager.

13. To undertake any additional training required for the role.

14. To assist with the removal of snow and ice from paths, doorways and roadways.

*Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training.

*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being and that of other staff and students.

*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working.



Person specification

Person specification

Please provide evidence of how you meet each of the essential criteria.

Essential Criteria

1. Meet the criteria to be able to gain a place on the Level 2 course at Pershore college.

2. Ability to travel independently to attend college

3. A willingness and commitment to carry out the training associated with the Apprentice role.

4. Evidence of an enthusiasm for out-door work (eg through work, placements, voluntary work or hobbies).

5. Excellent interpersonal skills, including tact and diplomacy, and ability to deal effectively with a range of people.

6. Ability to work in a demanding environment, dealing with customer queries in a courteous manner.

Desirable Criteria

1. Fully competent and conversant in IT, including Word.

2. Knowledge of a Higher Education environment.

3. Full Driving licence to allow use of company vehicles

Applications from Non EEA Workers:
Prospective applicants are advised to ensure that they are eligible to work in the UK without restriction.

Prospective applicants in points-based system immigration routes should assess their circumstances against the published criteria, which are set out on the GOV.UK website at .

Visit  for more information on how you can use a qualification from outside the UK to meet the requirements of the immigration rules.

Unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs
The University is strongly committed to the fair treatment of its staff and potential staff, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibility for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background.

In line with the University's policy on the Recruitment of People with a Criminal Record, shortlisted candidates are required to provide information of any unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs. Applicants are advised to seek independent advice if there is any doubt about the status of a previous conviction, caution or bind-over. Disclosures will only be considered at the point when an offer of employment is made. The existence of a criminal record will not in itself prevent you from gaining employment.

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.

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