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
Maintaining council’s housing stock in respect of at least one trade but can competently carry out other work in other trades. To include carpentry, plumbing, building, certain double glazing repairs, drainage, decorating/wet trades, roofing, fencing and ground work.
To execute workmanship to a high standard and ensure it is carried out in strict compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act, and any other relevant legislation covering safety in the workplace for self and others.
Plan and organise the work, materials and equipment according to priorities, the size and complexity of the job, the need to minimise travel and other non-productive time, and the need to keep scheduled appointments.
City and Guild Level 3 qualification within the primary trade required.
Experience of working in building and construction (materials, methods and tools involved.)
Multi Skill Experience
Good customer service skills.
In return we offer you:
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.
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.
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.