Handy Person


  • Salary From £24,294 Per Year
  • Salary To £25,119 Per Year
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Handy Person

Location: Broadstairs, CT10 1BY
Salary: £24,294 – £25,119 + Benefits
Contract: Full Time, Permanent
Hours: Monday to Friday – 37 per week – 9am – 4:40pm


  • Highly competitive Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Employee Rewards High Street Discount Scheme
  • Private Healthcare
  • Investors In People Platinum Accredited employer
  • Fantastic training and development opportunities
  • Thorough induction process
  • Strong health and well-being focus
  • Generous Holiday Allowance (Over 6 weeks of holiday pay)   
  • Wide Range of Discounts             

About Us:

Bradstow is a creative and unique residential school and children’s home for children between the ages of 5 & 19. It is situated in 13 acres of parkland in Broadstairs, Kent.

We seek to meet the needs of children and young people with autism and severe learning difficulties with associated behaviour’s that may be challenging using a Gentle Teaching approach and engaging in reflective practice.

We have achieved national recognition for our developments in Communication and Behaviour Management.

We have also been awarded the Platinum standard for the Investors in People accreditation

Handy Person – About the Role

To work directly reporting to the Head of Care providing quality, swift support to maintain and improve the buildings in the children’s homes and where works require escalation to the maintenance or domestic teams, or to an external contractor, to act as client for the works on behalf of the Head of Care.

To take a deep pride in the standard of accommodation maintained, and an intimate knowledge of defects and work in hand so as to build confidence with visitors such as prospective families, local authorities and Ofsted that site-related matters in the homes are proactively managed and resolved within the swiftest possible timescales.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Inspecting each children’s home daily, recording defects identified and prioritising how they will be addressed
  • To undertake general “handy person” duties such as, but not limited to:
    • Cleaning as required;
    • Housekeeping and tidying of both internal and external areas including sanitary waste;
    • Remedial painting and decorating;
    • Pro-active improvements as requested by the Head of Care and (if authorised by the Head of Care) Home Managers such as installing notice boards, shelves, storage units and so on
    • General portering duties including; moving furniture, parcels, cleaning materials and delivery of meals to residential accommodation.
    • Ensuring waste recycling areas are clean and tidy, movement of waste bins between collection points. 
    • Taking steps to keep the premises free from infestation from pests and vermin and taking immediate action, in accordance with instructions in force from time to time, on the discovery of any pests and vermin.
    • Undertaking administrative tasks e.g. job sheets, meter readings, water temperature checks, emergency lighting checks, fire extinguisher checks and to keep records as required.
    • Liaising with other school staff to maintain stock records as required.
  • At all times to work in accordance with relevant health and safety procedures as advised from time to time by relevant staff such as the Site Manager and the Head of Domestic Services
  • Carrying out bike maintenance on young people’s bikes to ensure they are safe for pupils’ usage.
  • Supporting school events including room preparation and erecting of garden marquees.
  • Undertaking routine building locking and unlocking in order to maintain effective security of the school site.
  • Proactively taking steps to ensure that the premises are free from hazards and safe, warm and secure for students, staff and visitors.
  • Acting as a registered key holder and ensuring the security of the premises.
  • Working flexibly, efficiently and intelligently to undertake appropriate works at the appropriate times of day and points in the year: for example, developing the Forest School and horticulture areas during school holidays, attending to minor works in school buildings after the young transition back to the homes and so on.
  • Supporting home managers with tasks such as Monitoring and ordering consumables, minor fixtures and fittings, domestic appliances and so on
  • To be fully aware of and understand the duties and responsibilities arising from the Children’s Act 2004 and Working Together in relation to child protection and safeguarding children and young people.
  • Any other duties commensurate with grade as directed by Line Manager or Senior Management

Handy Person – Skills & Experience: 

No formal qualifications or experience are necessary for this post, but you will be required to commit to achieving the Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare within 2 years of beginning employment at the school.

We look for candidates who are mature, warm, creative, and open to learning with a patient and caring attitude.

  • Experience of working in a similar position, preferably 1 years’ experience, an advantage
  • A strong customer-service focus, recognising the importance of swift action, strong communication and the presentation of a positive, can-do and professional approach at all times and in every interaction with anyone.
  • Domestic-level DIY skills
  • Willing to undertake additional training within a reasonable travelling distance.
  • Due to nature of this demanding role, there will be some physical tasks, candidates must be able to perform those effectively
  • Able to undertake maintenance work as required to support the Children’s Home team, including decorating.
  • Able to prioritise own workload and meet strict deadlines.
  • Flexible, practical and responsible in approach.
  • Good written communication skills to complete safety checks and prepare for audits. (This may include Functional Skills level 2, English GCSE C or above or equivalent qualification or demonstrable experience.)
  • Full clean driving licence, ideally with the code D1 included, and a willingness to drive the school vehicles, desirable
  • Have knowledge of Health & Safety implications.

Please Note: In order to be considered for this role you must complete an online application form on Bradstow School website.

If you feel you have the necessary skills and experience to be successful in this role click on “APPLY” today, forwarding an up to date copy of your CV for consideration in the first instance.

No agencies please.

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