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We value openness and honesty, so we listen to (and learn from) our employees.

At Building Services we follow the Councils behaviours, we want you to enjoy working here and provide the best possible services to our communities. By demonstrating these behaviours we can create a great place to work.

  • Positive
  • Supportive
  • Communicative
  • Honest
  • Respectful
  • Flexible

Rewarding commitment and performance

Everyone, from the newest trainee upwards, is encouraged to realise their full potential, and to become a pro-active participant in the quality service that we deliver.

Building Services employees are amongst the most experienced, dedicated and highly trained in our industry. We value our people, building on individual strengths to develop and reward commitment and performance at every stage. Career opportunities are diverse - from management, administration and craft operatives, through to apprenticeships and traineeships.

The sky is the limit once qualified you could earn between £23.000 to £32.000 per annum, depending on trade and appraisal criteria

The career opportunities at Building Services are extensive and we support drive, talent and commitment at every stage. Our investment in talented people doesn't stop with apprenticeships. We actively encourage former trainees to continue their studies wherever possible. We offer further career opportunities through a variety of short courses and safety training. It's not unusual for promising staff that start out as apprentices to rise up the ranks to senior level.

Fully qualified craft operatives

We advertise vacancies in the local press, at job centres and on the internet. We ask short listed applicants to carry out a skills test and attend an interview. Applicants must produce craft certificates and have a valid driving license and CSCS card.

The Apprenticeship Scheme

We run a two-year Building Services' Apprenticeship Scheme in partnership with local colleges. On completion, the trainee's progress is assessed both on site and at their college. If a trainee has made significant progress, they may be retained by Building Services so that they can complete their craft training. Building Services will then employee the trainee for the remaining period of their apprenticeship. For joiners this will typically be a further 18 months, for plumbers and electricians a further two years. When an apprentice has completed their training, we will assess their progress and suitability for full-time employment as a qualified trade operative. In the majority of cases, apprentices achieve NVQ levels 2 and 3.

Colleges we use: (subject to change)

  • Kirklees College - Manchester Rd, Huddersfield
  • Leeds College of Building - North Street, Leeds
  • Bradford College - Bradford
  • Calderdale College - Halifax
  • British Gas Academy - Leeds
  • Sheffield Hallam University - Sheffield

Recruitment

Building Services recruits in the spring, advertising in the local press and the internet. Anyone wishing to train as a plumber must obtain two grade 'C' GCSEs in English and Mathematics, and pass the industry test. For other trades, you will need to pass the relevant industry test. All applicants may then be short listed and invited for interview.

College and induction courses

Trainees attend a local college on a day release or block release basis, studying initially for NVQ Level 2. In their first year they also attend a Personal Development course which helps them develop interpersonal and communication skills.

Apprentices are provided with support throughout the process from management and college tutors. Although a job is not guaranteed at the end of the apprenticeship, we have a high success rate with a lot of apprentices getting a permanent job at the end. If not a job with Kirklees Council it will give the apprentice the qualifications needed to pursue a career outside of the council.

Tools and clothing

Trainees are provided with protective clothing, footwear and safety equipment. Each trainee is also required to purchase a set of tools. These are paid for during their second year of training, on a Monthly basis. Qualified operatives will receive a tool allowance so that they can purchase their own set of tools.

Wages

Trainees and craft operatives are paid Local Authority agreed rates. Wages are paid directly into the employee's Bank or Building Society account, on a Monthly basis.

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