Caretakers are employed to look after buildings of different types, such as offices, schools, hospitals and industrial units. They must ensure these buildings are secure, well-maintained and clean. It is a very practical job, ideal for those who enjoy DIY and have a strong awareness of health and safety issues.
On this page you will find a number of recruitment agencies that have substantial experience in matching suitable candidates to caretaker vacancies.
Qualifications will not be as important as experience as far as most employers are concerned. The ability to carry out the day to day tasks required is key, and as such skills in woodwork and general DIY will be of benefit. Those with experience as a cleaner or porter, or in other maintenance capacities, will be desirable for the role.
In the case of working in a school, a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check will be required.
Once employed, a number of qualifications can be applied for, including an NVQ Level 2 in Cleaning and Support Services and a Certificate in Skills for Supporting Public Services (awarded by NOCN and NCFE), among others.
Working hours tend to be normal 9 to 5, 37 to 40 hours per week. Starting salaries are around £12,000 per year, rising to £20,000 for senior caretaker staff.