Accommodation warden

property manager hall manager sheltered housing warden

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What's it like?

You would support people who stay in sheltered housing, youth hostels and student residences. You would make sure the building is safe and clean.

Depending on where you work, you would support:

  • Elderly people
  • People with disabilities
  • Homeless people
  • Tourists
  • Students

You’d run the day-to-day services like cleaning and serving meals, and respond to the needs of the residents.

You would:

  • Look after the residents and make sure they are well
  • Supervise the staff who cook and clean for residents
  • Respond to emergencies and contact doctors, social workers or community nurses
  • Check that residents are safe and keep the building secure
  • Arrange repairs and maintenance
  • Give out rooms and advise residents about the rules of living there

You might also organise leisure activities like bingo, lunch clubs and guest speakers for elderly, homeless or disabled people.

In a youth hostel, you’d give people information about fun things to do and see in the local area and answer their questions about tourist attractions.

You’d need to be be friendly, calm and outgoing so you are able to get on with a wide variety of people. You‘d need to keep accurate records and write reports.

Working conditions

Hours

You’d normally work 35 to 37 hours a week. It may be Monday to Friday, though some jobs may involve working weekends or providing a 24-hour on-call service. Part-time work is often available.

Environment

In supported or sheltered accommodation, you may need to live on site.

Travel

In supported or sheltered accommodation, you may need to travel between sites. You may need a driving licence and use of a car.

UK employment status

Full-time

Part-time

Self employed

Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Communicating with people
  • Listening to people
  • Caring for people
  • Being tactful
  • Working on your own
  • Using computers
  • Finding solutions to problems
  • Planning and organising
  • Working with numbers
  • Making decisions

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.

Qualifications

There are no formal entry requirements, though this may vary depending on the type of accomodation.

Useful subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Administrative or ICT subject
  • Modern language
  • Practical technologies subjects 

You will also need

To be approved for membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme run by Disclosure Scotland.

Helpful to have

  • Voluntary experience in this area.
  • Qualifications that show your employability, customer service and practical skills such as Skills for Work Hospitality; Construction Crafts (SCQF Level  4/5); or SQA Employability Award (SCQF Level  3/4).
  • NEBOSH Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety
  • Driving licence