How you'll make a difference

Working in our Handyvan Team, you will use your knowledge and experience in horticulture to offer a garden maintenance service for households, schools and commercial properties across South Gloucestershire.

You will make a difference by providing services to support older and vulnerable people feel safe and remain independent in their own homes.

What will you be doing:

  • You will ensure timely and accurate records are kept on work activities, providing information and be able to communicate effectively with external contractors and suppliers ensuring that value for money is obtained for the organisation.
  • You should be able undertake all aspects of garden maintenance and be competent in the use of tools associated with the trade.
  •  You should be able to undertake other garden maintenance activities such as fencing, decking, patios and guttering. You will also be able to undertake basic plumbing repairs, carpentry, flooring, painting and decorating, shelving, flat pack furniture building or tiling and grouting.
  • In the role you will conduct work within schools and commercial buildings offering a minor works maintenance service, mainly, plumbing repairs, carpentry, window and door repairs, glazing, drainage, painting and decorating.
  • It is expected that you will use your technical knowledge to carry out assessments of work environments in homes or offices including costing and invoicing for the work undertaken.
  • You must ensure work is completed to required standards are followed and that all statutory requirements and professional standards are complied with in order to secure the safety of staff and customers.

What we need from you

  • You must be a Skilled Craftsman with the relevant City and Guilds Trade Qualification.
  • We require you to have and in-depth working knowledge and experience of property maintenance with experience of safe working practices including Health & Safety legislation as it relates to the operational tasks associated building maintenance.
  • You will have experience of face-to-face contact with the public within a working environment showing competency in customer care.
  • It is key that you have a working knowledge of meeting timebound deadlines, financial targets and costs in an operational team.
  • It is essential that you can proficiently use a wide variety of hand and power tools associated with the building trade and have experience in using mobile working technologies such as hand-held devices.
  • You will have a good level of competence in literacy and able to interpret information in a variety of formats including bespoke or standard ICT systems, maps and specifications from paper or on hand-held technology.
  • You need a Driving licence and CPC to category C1E no restrictions.

How a career at South Gloucestershire Council is different

We know our team work best when they have balance in their lives, and we offer genuine flexibility to help them achieve that work/life balance.
We value our staff as individuals, investing in their careers and we are recognised for the quality, breadth and depth of our training and development offer, which helps make the greatest long-term difference in work. 
We have invested in the technology and support to enable staff to work seamlessly from home so we can ensure we are keeping staff safe during Covid-19.  For those staff who may need to work in the office we have also ensured that our offices and hubs are Covid secure; and have measures in place such as one-way systems, socially distanced workstations and hand sanitizer stations throughout our premises.
Our teams at South Gloucestershire Council are making a real difference to the lives of people who live,work and learn here.
  • We’re providing essential services across our internal network to ensure we can fully support our community. 
  • We’re positive and forward thinking, always looking for new and innovative ways of working work and we’re ambitious about the future.
  • We've achieved a great deal, but we need talented and dedicated people to ensure we continue to make a difference.
We’re making a difference, be part of it! 

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