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What are you looking for?

We are Recruiting an Apprentice to train as a Grounds Keeper, supporting the Grounds Team within the Partnerships Directorate.

What does the Grounds Keeping Service do? 

The  Grounds team’s role is to ensure that the grounds of all our Partnership properties are being maintained to a high standard by undertaking routine grounds maintenance including winter grounds maintenance, i.e. snow clearing, road and patch gritting, and other associated duties as directed by the Head Groundsman. 

The team cover the Gartnavel Campus, Leverndale Hospital, and approx. 45 Health Centres and Clinics within Greater Glasgow and Clyde.  Winter call out is an essential part of Ground Services and we operate an On Call Rota between October and March

What qualifications do I need?

At the point of submitting your application you must already hold at least Three National 4 Qualifications (or SCQF Level 4 Equivalent)  one of which must be in English.

As well as meeting the academic criteria you must also be enthusiastic to learn and to develop within an apprenticeship. 

You will need:

  • excellent communication skills,
  • the ability to work as part of a team being flexible and reliable.
  • the ability to follow departmental protocols/procedures

This role is a demanding one and requires you to work outside in all kinds of weather so we are looking to recruit someone who is interested in working outdoors and wants a job where they will be working with their hands.

You should enjoy work of a physical nature and to be able to adapt to working outdoors in challenging conditions.  During the winter a key part of the role is snow clearing, road and patch gritting as the hospital must accessible to staff and patients at all times.

The work is also of a seasonal nature with on going grass cutting, tree trimming and other duties that require you to  operate  and maintain hand and motorised grounds equipment and tools.

You will find further guidance on how to complete this section of the application form and suggested examples of cross transferable skills from education/extra curricular activities in the in the Candidate  Information pack.

Is there an age limit?

The current vacancy for the apprentice Grounds Person within the Partnership Grounds Keeping Team is open to candidates aged  16 to 24 (or 16 to 29 years for Disabled Applicants or applicants  who are care experienced*), in line with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Youth Employment Plan and workforce projections. Please ensure you include your date of birth in the equal opportunities section of the online application form.

* Care experienced applicants are people who live/have lived with foster parents/kinship carers or who live/have lived in a residential children's setting/secure unit. If this describes you please indicate this in question 3 of the assessment section in the online application form.

Can I find out more about the job or visit the site?

We will be hosting an information session on Wednesday 19th June.

Please email [email protected] before Noon on Tuesday 18th June.

Where will I be working? 

You will be based on the Gartnaval Hospitals Campus, 1055 Great Western Road, Glasgow G12 0XH. As a member of the Grounds team the role requires travel across a number of external sites and transport will be provided to and from the base at Gartnavel Royal on a daily basis.  Click this link to view a map and travel information.

What are the working hours and shift pattern?

You will work a standard 37.5 hour working week from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

What will I do?

A full outline of the duties is provided in the full job description which you will find in the information pack for this post.  The duties will change regularly depending on time of year and what work and projects are required within the service. 

However, in general these tasks will be;

 Main duties include:

  • Undertake a variety of grounds maintenance duties, including grass cutting, hedge/ tree trimming/pruning and weeding, general gardening, cultivation, pesticide control and litter collection.
  • Operate hand and motorised grounds equipment.
  • Operation of weed killing/pesticide spraying equipment.
  • Maintenance of roads and paths during periods of snow and frost. (Winter gritting and snow clearing.) This will involve participation in an on-call rota. 
  • Maintenance of grounds equipment.
  • Work on other healthcare properties as agreed.
  • Leaf clearing.
  • Carry out planned maintenance.

Who else works in the team?

You will be working as part of a team which  consists of a Head Grounds Person, 3 Supervisors and 11 Ground staff team members. 

What qualifications and training will I receive?

During the MA programme you will be working towards achieving an SVQ 2 in Healthcare Support – Non Clinical.  You will also be trained in all key aspects of this role.

How long will the Apprenticeship last?

This apprenticeship will last for one year.

When will this Apprenticeship start?

We anticipate that successful candidates will commence employment (subject to the length of time it takes to complete individual pre employment checks) by September 2019.

What happens a the end of the Apprenticeship?

All candidates who successfully complete all elements of the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Modern Apprenticeship Programme are guaranteed permanent employment.

How much will I be paid and how many hours a week will I work?

Yes.  This post will be paid at Band 2 (Annexe 21). NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is a Living Wage Employer. This Modern Apprenticeship will pay you a minimum £17, 593 per annum (£9.00 per hour) for the duration of your apprenticeship. 

You will work a 37.5 hour week.

As an employee of Greater Glasgow and Clyde you will also be entitled to all the benefits that our staff receive including a minimum of 27 days paid annual leave, an additional 8 days paid public holidays and enrolment in the NHS Scotland Pension Scheme.

How do I apply for this Apprenticeship?

Step 1: Please Click Here to download and read the Information Pack for this vacancy




Last Updated: 27 June 2019