Brief overview of the role
You will be an integral part of one of the Council’s service areas supporting its day-to-day operations of all aspects of the Arboriculture team and Ground Maintenance.
01 Mar 2019
- Working week
- Monday - Thursday 7:30am – 4:00pm. Friday 7:30am – 12:30pm
- Total hours per week: 37.00
- Weekly wage
- Expected apprenticeship duration
- Possible start date
- Apprenticeship level
- Reference number
Your responsibilities will include:
General duties and responsibilities include:
- Maintain professional study of apprenticeship course and modular assignments, including attendance at college
- Assist with enquiries from the public professionally, efficiently and in a courteous manner
- Liaising with other Council Services and external organisations as required, to gather or share information and maintain and update records
- To carry out under close supervision, all appropriate arboriculture and grounds maintenance operations across the district
- Under supervision, to operate all machinery, tools and equipment in a safe and appropriate manner, and in accordance with the manufacturers recommendations and with due regard to Health and Safety and Safe Systems of Work
- Under instruction, to assist with basic tree inspections/surveys
- To learn how to safely and appropriately use chainsaws, climb, fell and dismantle trees and undertake aerial work
- To carry out maintenance operations such as re-staking, stake removal, tie adjustment and removal
- To undertake crown lifting, reduction and thinning operations from the ground, using ladders and/or climbing equipment, following training
- To carry our felling and grubbing out operations once trained
- To ensure that vehicles, machinery and hand tools are kept clean, secure and serviceable at all times
- Once trained, to ensure safety of all operations, including works on or adjacent to the public highway by using appropriate signing, guarding and traffic management measures
- To maintain accurate and legible records including timesheets, tick sheets, vehicle and machinery defect report forms, pesticide application forms, incident forms etc.
- To maintain a full driving licence as you will be required to travel and report any changes immediately to your Supervisor
- To assist with the planting and maintenance of annual bedding displays, hard and soft landscaping and associated grounds maintenance duties as required
- Any other ad-hoc duties as may reasonably be required
Requirements and prospects
- Recognise Health and Safety needs onsite and work safely
- Ability to communicate effectively with the Manager, colleagues and the public as required
- Can demonstrate a knowledge of equality and diversity issues and the relevance to this role
- Take appropriate care of tools and equipment
- Ability to work effectively as part of a team
- Comfortable working at heights
- Minimum 3 GCSE’s to include Grade 4/C or equivalent in both maths and English
All of our previous apprentices have secured permanent employment on completion of their apprenticeship, most of them with the Council. Whilst there is no guarantee of a permanent role at Sedgemoor District Council, we have recently introduced a small number of “Apprentice Plus” posts, which offer successful candidates a permanent role on completion of their apprenticeship, incorporating further development and progression.
Things to consider
Must be able to get to and from the college in a safe and timely manner. Driving Licence preferable but not essential.
23 working days of annual leave.
Competitive salary with incremental reviews every six months, subject to satisfactory progress.
Flexible working options including flexi-time on completion of your apprenticeship.
Family friendly and wellbeing policies.
Local Government pension.
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About the employer
Sedgemoor District Council
Employer is not registered as Disability Confident
Sedgemoor District Council is fully committed to the ongoing development of its employees and this includes our apprentices. We continue to invest significantly in apprenticeships with a range of positions each year in different services across the Council.
These positions offer unique and exciting opportunities to gain a qualification alongside valuable on the job training and experience. Apprentices are required to complete all assessments and exams related to their course of study. Full support and training will be given for all aspects of the work that the apprentice undertakes. The Council has a network of workplace mentors and each apprentice is assigned a mentor to provide individual support. Apprentices are also encouraged to provide peer support to each other.
Training to be provided
The successful applicant will be enrolled on a Level 2 Arborist apprenticeship standard with The Focus Training Group. The two year programme comprises ten block weeks of training at a training centre, along with on the job training and assessments.
The following licence to practice qualifications would be required prior to end point assessment:
- Level 2 award in emergency First Aid at work
- Level 2 award in safe use of brushwood chipper
- Level 2 award in chainsaw maintenance
- Level 2 award in crosscutting timber using a chainsaw
- Level 2 award in felling and processing trees up to 380mm
- Level 2 award in accessing a tree using a rope and harness
- Level 3 award in aerial tree rescue operations
- Level 3 award in aerial cutting of trees using free fall techniques
- Level 2 award in safe use of mobile elevated work platform
- Level 3 award in use of a chainsaw from a Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEW
- Functional Skills in maths & English (depending on previous qualifications)
Focus Training And DCET Training
- Leah Flanagan