South Staffordshire College

Cleansing and Environmental Maintenance Apprentice – Telford & Wrekin Council (21/02/2018)

Closing Date: Wed 21st February 2018
Salary: £131.25
Category: ApprenticeVacancy

Vacancy Description: 

  • To study for a Cleansing & Environmental Maintenance NVQ Level 2 qualification.
  • Completing training assignments and maintain a student portfolio, which will be assessed by a Training Provider.
  • The role involves a combination of street cleansing and grounds maintenance work, along with contributing to various environmental improvement projects such as hard and soft landscaping.
  • To gain skills, knowledge and experience of cleansing and grounds maintenance
  • To become conversant and skilled in the use of hand tools and pedestrian machines and appropriate powered hand tools.
  • To undertake general constructional work including fencing, re-surfacing of footways and roads etc, installing and maintaining street furniture and other work of a similar nature.
  • Delivering a quality service with a high level of customer care.
  • Resolve or refer queries from the client or members of the public in a polite and respectful manner.
  • Working outdoors in all weathers.
  • Support other staff/colleagues in the efficient running of the team.
  • Contribute to providing an efficient, courteous, high quality service.
  • To attend other short training courses and assessments as may be required and complete any relevant course work and assignments.


Vacancy Title: Cleansing and Environmental Maintenance Apprentice

Employer: Telford & Wrekin Council

Employer Description: Telford and Wrekin is a unitary district with borough status in the West Midlands region of England. For Eurostat purposes it is a NUTS 3 region (code UKG21) and is one of four unitary authority areas that comprise the “Shropshire and Staffordshire” NUTS 2 region. The district was created in 1974 as The Wrekin, then a non-metropolitan district of Shropshire. Before the creation of The Wrekin, Telford was a new town run by the Telford Development Corporation (TDC) from the 1960s to the changes in 1974. In 1998 the district became a unitary authority and was renamed Telford and Wrekin.

All of the council houses previously owned by Wrekin District Council and the subsequent Telford and Wrekin Council were transferred to a newly created Housing Association, the Wrekin Housing Trust, in 1999 which now owns the majority of social housing in Telford.

The borough’s major settlement is Telford, a new town designated in the 1960s incorporating the existing towns of Dawley, Madeley, Oakengates and Wellington. The next largest population centre is Newport, a market town to the north of Telford.

On 1 April 1998, as a result of the Local Government Commission for England’s review, the district became a unitary authority, independent from Shropshire County Council. The headquarters of the council are in Telford Town Centre. It remains part of the Shropshire ceremonial county and shares institutions such as the Fire and Rescue Service with the rest of Shropshire. Telford and Wrekin comes under the West Mercia Police, based in Worcester (outside Shropshire).

The borough borders Staffordshire, but is mostly surrounded by the non-metropolitan county of Shropshire, whose unitary authority is Shropshire Council. The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, and covered Dawley, Newport, Oakengates and Wellington urban districts, Wellington Rural District and part of Shifnal parish in the Shifnal Rural District.

Telford and Wrekin applied unsuccessfully for City status in 2000, but the district was granted borough status in 2002.

Vacancy Location:

Granville House

St. Georges Road



Working Week: Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm (37.5 hours per week)


  • NVQ Level 2  Cleansing & Environmental Maintenance
  • Functional Skills Maths and English (if required)


Vacancy Type: Intermediate Apprenticeship Information

Duration: 12 months


  • Hardworking
  • Honest
  • Attention to detail


Qualifications: Ideally, candidates will hold GCSE grades A*-C (4-9) in Maths and English (or equivalent qualifications).

Skills Required:

  • The post holder will be expected to display a sensible approach to problem solving and to refer matters to higher authority as required.
  •  The post holder will contribute to improving services by making suggestions for improvement.
  • The post is physically demanding and will include working outside in all weather.
  • The ability to use any equipment or machinery, for which training will be given, including strimmers, hedge cutters and grass cutting equipment.
  •  No supervisory responsibility.


Future Prospects: Possibility of progression onto Level 3 Environmental or Horticulture qualification.

Things to Consider: 

  • There are 4 vacancies situated at various Parish Councils within the Authority.
  • The successful candidate will need a suitable level of fitness and be willing to work outside in all weathers
  • 20% off the job training required to complete this apprenticeship.
  • Weekly session will be delivered by tutors/assessors onsite at Telford & Wrekin Council.


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