Caretaker

janitor

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What's it like?

You would look after buildings such as schools, community centres and flats. You’d check the buildings and arrange repairs and cleaning so they are safe and well-maintained for the people who use them.

You would:

  • Supervise cleaning staff
  • Do day-to-day maintenance and minor repairs
  • Book contractors to do major repairs
  • Check that heating, lighting and alarm systems work
  • Order fuel, cleaning materials, new equipment and furniture

You’d open the building in the morning and lock it at the end of the day or evening.

You’d arrange the chairs and tables for meetings and clear them away afterwards. If rooms are available for hire then you’d take the bookings for them.

When the building is shut you’d check that the doors and windows are locked. You’d try to prevent vandalism or break-ins.

If you work at a school you might also drive the school minibus to take pupils out on educational trips. The pupils may call you the ‘jannie’.

You could also work as a mobile caretaker and be responsible for buildings at several different locations.

You’d need to understand health and safety regulations, and security and hygiene issues.

Working conditions

Hours

You might work up to 37 hours a week, which could include early mornings, evenings and weekends. In many jobs you could work fewer hours but have split shifts, covering early mornings and evenings with time off during the day.

Environment

Some of your work could be physically demanding and involve lifting. You may also need to work at heights, using ladders.

Travel

As a mobile caretaker, you would work from a specially equipped van.

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
  • Taking the lead
  • Working on your own
  • Repairing and fixing
  • Finding solutions to problems
  • Planning and organising
  • Time management

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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

No formal qualifications are required.

Most employers value a good general education.

Useful subjects

  • English
  • Maths

Helpful to have

A driving licence is sometimes an advantage.

It helps if you have skills such as joinery, plumbing or electrical work.

You may need to pass a PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) Disclosure check for some jobs.