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Building Maintenance Apprentice - University of Cambridge



14th May 2021

Employer Description

Our vision is to ensure that our high-quality discovery science contributes to tackling fundamental challenges in Global Food Security, Growing a Sustainable Bioeconomy, and Protecting the Environment. With this approach, we will increase the visibility of Plant Sciences in the global arena, train significant numbers of plant biologists across all scales of the discipline – from molecular biologists, to biological engineers, to conservationists, and in so doing drive advances in understanding of fundamental biology that will have major positive impacts on society.

The Department
The Department is made up of twenty research groups whose long-term aim is to contribute to the four global challenges above. A broad portfolio of grant income from diverse sources including UKRI, Government, Charitable Foundations and Industry supports 55 post-docs, 91 PhD students, and 14 research assistants. Strategic links both within Cambridge, as well as across the East of England and further afield allow us to make the best use of our science.

Locally, our discovery science is based on links with others in The University of Cambridge including colleagues in Applied Mathematics, Biochemistry, Engineering, Genetics, Land Economy, Physics and Zoology as well as the Sainsbury Laboratory. However, we also have a key strategic link with the National Institute of Agricultural Botany, and we formed the CambPlants Initiative to bring together all those working on plant and crop sciences in the local area. CambPlants involves policy makers, industry as well as academics. OpenPlant, a BBSRC-funded initiative, has cemented strong links with the John Innes Centre. In the International Arena, we have many links across the globe that are driven by our discovery science. However, we also have important strategic partnerships that aim to translate knowledge from improved understanding of fundamental biology into practice. These partnerships span East and Central Africa via the BecA-Hub in Kenya, include an additional 15 national agricultural agencies in Sub-Saharan Africa, and in India incorporate institutions such as NIPGR, The Punjab Agricultural University and ICRISAT.

The Department is based at 3 main locations in Cambridge, the main building on the Downing site, a Plant Growth facilities at the Botanic Gardens and the new Crop Science Centre on Huntington Road.

Main description

Our vision is to ensure that our high-quality discovery science contributes to tackling fundamental challenges in Global Food Security, Growing a Sustainable Bioeconomy, and Protecting the Environment. There is an exciting opportunity for a maintenance apprentice to join the team.

The role holder will be based in the Department of Plant Science in central Cambridge and the Plant Growth Facility (PGF) at the Botanic gardens. The department has a dedicated facilities team, engaged in the support of the infrastructure to facilitate teaching and research.

The successful candidate will undertake training to provide vital infrastructure support for teaching and research.

Duties will include:

Work with the facilities team in the Department of Plant Sciences.

  • Responsible for testing water supply temperatures under the initially supervision of the Building Maintenance technician.
  • Learn basic skills of area of work  under the supervision of supervisor or allocated staff member(e.g. use of basic workshop tools and machinery).
  • Apply skills in routine and straightforward task under supervision. (E.g. replacement of projector lamps; basic electrical wiring).

Entry requirements

3 GCSEs Grade A*-C(9-4) to include Maths, English and one other subject.

Skills required

  • Be able to follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Physically able to carry out the role.
  • A driving licence would be desirable but not essential

Personal qualities

Desire to learn new skill.
Willingness to be flexible.

Training to be Provided

Property Maintenance Operative Level 2 Apprenticeship

Things to consider

The role is based in central Cambridge and follows a normally Monday to Friday work pattern. The role involved lifting and carrying so the role holder should be physically able to perform these tasks.

Future Prospects

This apprenticeship should enable the role holder to either move onto an advanced apprenticeship or be in a better position to apply for building maintenance roles within the University and beyond.

Closing Date

The closing date for this job offer is on 30/06/2021


£15,236 per year


This job is located in Cambridge, Cambs

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