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  • Employer: Gravesham Council
  • Reference: GREC366LS
  • Published: Wed 09/12/2020, 15:15 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 17/10/2021, 12:00 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £19,702- £20,088
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Brookvale Depot, Northfleet, Kent

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Gravesham Borough Council is to further expand its Direct Services workforce in the second stage of a programme that has seen it improve its repairs and maintenance service to its tenants and become more cost effective.

As a council, we are the only one in Kent with its own Direct Services Organisation, employing skilled workers to carry out repairs and maintenance to council-owned homes. Since the initial lockdown due to Covid-19 in March, we have taken extra steps to keep our workforce safe and an in employment.

Since 2018 it has recruited an additional 25 members of staff, allowing kitchen and bathroom works to be brought in-house. Which led to us being shortlisted as a finalist in the category of Maintenance Team of the Year in the national Housing Heroes Awards in July 2019. Our submission outlined our journey and achievements and it was a proud moment for all of the workforce to be recognised and shortlisted.

We are on the lookout again for an additional 23 additional workers, allowing as much repair and maintenance work as possible to be retained in house and to bring the council‘s electrical upgrade programme in house too. We are keen for people to work with us who share our commitment to deliver a Gravesham to be proud of and want to play a part in the on-going success of the service.

If you want to work for us we offer competitive pay, generous holiday allowance, pension, tool allowance, uniform, training and a lot more job security in this line of work

The role

Performs various manual labour tasks requiring some specialized skills to assist in the work of skilled tradesmen and craftsmen such as carpenters, plumbers, painters, roofers etc.

Main responsibilities

Performs various manual labour tasks requiring some specialized skills to assist in the work of skilled tradesmen and craftsmen such as carpenters, plumbers, painters, roofers etc.

Digs trenches and similar excavations, refills excavations, spreads and levels to grade dirt, gravel and other materials using pick and shovel.

Loads and unloads trucks; unpacks and stores supplies and equipment in stockrooms, storerooms or warehouses; and takes periodic inventories of supplies and equipment.

Undertake property and garden clearance.

Operates a variety of small stationary equipment such as air compressors, portable generators, concrete mixers, pumps, etc.

Performs minor repairs as requested

To ensure all rubbish and waste is cleared away and disposed of correctly.

Essential qualifications/experience

Good communication skills with trades people

Ability to carry heavy items such as building and waste materials.

To have a knowledge and understanding of maintenance in unoccupied and occupied properties.

Is comfortable working at heights/ ladder work.

Desirable qualifications/experience

Driving License

In return we offer you:

Holiday entitlement

A generous holiday entitlement, plus paid bank holidays. 


In-house and external training including non-qualification, Continued Personal Development (CPD), NVQ and other qualification training.

Employee Assistance Programme

The Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a free and confidential support service, offering you unlimited access to advice and information as well as coaching and counselling where appropriate. 

Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the service is there to help you manage all of life's events and support you through the challenges. Their expert advisers are there to help,

whenever you need them. Support on the telephone, online and face to face. 


A very secure pension scheme which both you and we pay into. More information can be found on the Local Government Pension Scheme website. 

Occupational health

An on-site Occupational Health Advisor. We have an occupational health service provided by East Kent Hospitals University Foundation NHS Trust. The service is delivered by a team of health professionals who specialise in occupational medicine and deal with the relationship between your work and your health. Occupational Health also works with us to resolve any issues in the workplace and also to ensure that well-being at work is maintained.

Important Information

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Gravesham Borough Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.