Provides services to ensure streets and neighbourhoods are places which are welcoming and attractive. Empowers people to be involved in supporting successful communities and increase involvement in activities to enjoy their environment and to have healthier lives.

Arborist

About the job

Arborist’s undertake tree stock management duties involving climbing, pruning, thinning, felling and dismantling trees. The work involves using climbing techniques, working with ropes, harnesses, strops and irons as well as using equipment such as chainsaws, wood chippers and grinding machinery. You complete documentation to ensure the Council can show that robust maintenance and monitoring regimes are in place. You help may need to be on standby, attend emergencies and undertaken tree work in bad weather.

It's a physical role which requires strenuous activity and work at heights.


Requirements

  • Enjoy working outdoors in all weathers
  • Physically fit and can pull and lift heavy items and work at height
  • Literacy and numeracy skills to complete documentation
  • Work well as part of a team
  • Enjoy the satisfaction of immediate results
  • Chainsaw certificate
  • Tree climbing certificate
  • A full driving licence
  • Chemical spraying qualification
  • An awareness of safe working practices, industry regulations and current best practice

Approximate wage

Starting from £20,000


Skills learned/developed

  • Team work skills
  • Bending and lifting techniques
  • Knowledge about council services

Career progression

  • Have your own business in the private sector
  • Forestry supervisor

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  • Trees and woodland inspector
  • Gardener
Area Cleaning Manager

About the job

Cleaning is carried out in council and customer buildings across the borough, including office areas, school classrooms, public toilets, public areas like markets and communal areas in council owned housing stock. Reporting to the Senior Cleaning Manager, the Area Cleaning Manager is responsible for the delivery of the cleaning service to customers in approximately 80 different buildings / locations. The role will manage the business on a day to day basis, and through supporting and motivating the cleaning teams, will ensure that a responsive, customer focused service is delivered. The role will be key in the relationship with customers through site visits where site base problems will need resolving to ensure the smooth running of cleaning operations and that customers are satisfied with the outcome. The Cleaning Service is a Traded Service and customer satisfaction is paramount in contract retention. The post will ensure that their buildings are effectively staffed, that staff are trained and that monitoring is undertaken on a regular basis.


Requirements

  • A financial interest for income generation and expenditure
  • An attention to detail to identify the need for corrective action if cleaning falls below the required standards.
  • Don’t mind not being office based.
  • An awareness of Health & Safety legislation and COSHH and are able to interpret the guidance into safe working practices
  • The administrative skills to complete service documentation
  • Familiarity with IT packages, Word, Excel and the capacity to use bespoke data bases.
  • Experience of supervising staf

Approximate wage

Starting from £24,000


Skills learned/developed

  • ILM Team Leader Certificate.

You may have the opportunity to complete qualifications such as:

  • Level 1 Award/Certificate in Cleaning and Support Service Skills
  • Level 2 Award in Cleaning Principles
  • Level 2 Certificate in Cleaning and Support Service Skills
  • Level 3 Diploma in Cleaning Supervision Skills.

Alternatively, there may be the opportunity to take the British Institute of Cleaning Science’s (BICS) Cleaning Professionals Skills Suite. This contains three mandatory units, chemical competence, equipment safe use and care, storage of equipment and materials then you choose from a wide range of options to suit the type of cleaning you do and the environment you work in.


Career progression

  • Senior Cleaning Manager

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  • Caretaking Manager
  • Specialist Cleaning Manager
Catering Supervisor/ Catering Manager

About the job

The role involves the management of the kitchen in the preparation and service of food to the customers. The customer base will depend on where the role is located ie school, café, residential care establishment. The level of seniority is directly related to the location and the number of meals produced.


Requirements

  • An interest in food nutrition
  • Ability to work as part of a busy team
  • Experience in the preparation and production of food to a minimum of 100 customers daily
  • To be able to structure and prioritise jobs
  • Good communication skills
  • Some experience of supervising staff and being able to delegate tasks
  • Have the Basic Food Hygiene Certificate or an equivalent qualification
  • DBS check if working in a school

Approximate wage

Starting from approx £16,000


Skills learned/developed

  • Menu Planning
  • New way of delivering a customer focused service
  • Stock rotation and ordering
  • Administration skills
  • Use of IT

Career progression

  • Catering Supervisor / Manager

Similar roles

Other catering roles in the public sector in bigger kitchens or college training leading to a chef’s role in the private sector.

Communications and Marketing Officer

About the job

The Council’s Communications and Marketing team provide advice, guidance and direction about communications best practice to colleagues at all levels across the organisation. The team ensures that the Council communicates with residents and stakeholders through media management, high quality communications and effective customer and staff engagement.


Requirements

  • Ability to put customers first
  • Enjoy working in a team, and thrive in a creative environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • The ability to work under pressure and to deadlines
  • Good knowledge of marketing techniques
  • The ability to work on multiple projects at one time
  • Good attention to detail and accuracy
  • Good organisational and planning skills
  • Strong IT skills

Approximate wage

Starting from approx £17,000


Skills learned/developed

  • Improve strategic marketing skills
  • Further develop drafting, layout and design skills
  • Develop relationship and account management skills
  • Improve evaluation, research and provide evidence of campaigns

Career progression

  • Communications and Marketing Senior Officer
  • Communications and Marketing Team Leader

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  • Customer Service Officer
  • Business Support Officer
  • IT Officer
  • Governance Officer
Contact Centre Manager

About the job

The contact centre manager is responsible for the daily running and management of the centre and responsible for meeting customer service targets as well as planning areas of improvement or development. The contact centre manager ensures that calls are answered by staff within agreed time scales and in an appropriate manner.


Requirements

  • Enjoy and thrive on delivering high standards of service to customers by making the most effective and efficient use of call-center staff and technology resources.
  • Financial planning and budget management
  • People management
  • Strong communication – verbal, presentational, written
  • Business analysis
  • Business management
  • Leadership and motivational skills

Approximate wage

Starting from approx £16,000


Skills learned/developed

  • Deal with complex enquiries
  • Problem Solving

Career progression

  • Senior Contact Centre Officer
  • Team Manager
  • Operations Manager

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  • Customer Service Officer
  • Revenues Officer
  • Benefits Officer
  • Business Support Manager
Cook

About the job

The role involves the preparation and service of food to the customers. The customer base will depend on where the role is located ie school, café, residential care establishment. The role supports the senior catering post in the kitchen.


Requirements

  • An interest in food and nutrition
  • Enjoy ensuring that customer needs are satisfied
  • Work well as part of a busy team
  • Some experience in the preparation and production of food to a minimum of 100 customers daily
  • To be able to structure and prioritise jobs
  • Good communication skills
  • Some experience of supervising staff and being able to delegate tasks
  • Have the Basic Food Hygiene Certificate or an equivalent qualification
  • DBS check if working in a school

Approximate wage

Starting from approx £15,400


Skills learned/developed

  • Menu planning
  • New ways of delivering a customer focused service
  • Stock rotation and ordering
  • Administration skills
  • Use of IT

Career progression

  • Catering Supervisor / Manager
Gardener

About the job

The role involves carrying out horticultural maintenance and landscape work. This could be in parks, communal areas, roads or pavements. It involves grass cutting, planting, pruning, weeding, hedge trimming, litter picking, applying chemical treatments, or line making.


Requirements

  • Enjoy working outdoors in all weathers
  • An interest in plants and horticulture
  • Physically fit and can bend and lift heavy items and walk considerable distances
  • Enjoy working as part of a team
  • An appreciation that not all environments you encounter will be pleasant
  • Can easily adapt and undertake different jobs as required
  • Literacy and numeracy skills to complete basic documentation
  • Experience of using hand tools and garden equipment
  • NVQ2 in horticulture
  • An (FEPA – PA2) Qualification for the application of chemical treatments
  • Full driving license to be able to drive vehicles such as a van, ride on mower, mini tractor or quad bike
  • Understand the importance of following correct working practices for health and safety and customer care

Approximate wage

Starting from approx £17,000


Skills learned/developed

  • Team work skills
  • Bending and lifting techniques
  • Knowledge about council services
  • Opportunities to gain a LGV qualification

Career progression

  • Refuse Driver both in the public and private sector
  • Team Leader

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  • Ranger
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Refuse Collector

About the job

The role involves collecting refuse and trade waste from households and businesses across Kirklees. The majority of bins collected are wheeled but you could collect refuse from households which require assisted support, collect other bagged waste, bulky items or skip collections. You help to identify problems about waste so that appropriate action can be taken to improve the whole street environment.

It’s a physical role which requires some strenuous activity and the ability to walk for long distances on a daily basis.


Requirements

  • Enjoy working outdoors in all weathers
  • Enjoy working as part of a team
  • Physically fit and can pull and lift heavy items and walk considerable distances
  • An appreciation that not all environments you encounter will be pleasant
  • Literacy and numeracy skills to complete basic documentation
  • Understand the importance of following correct procedures for health and safety and customer care

Approximate wage

Starting from approx £16,000


Skills learned/developed

  • Team work skills
  • Bending and lifting techniques
  • Knowledge about council services
  • Opportunities to gain a LGV qualification

Career progression

  • Refuse Driver both in the public and private sector
  • Team Leader

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  • Ranger
  • Sweeper
Sweeper

About the job

The role involves street sweeping, emptying bins, weed removal, digging/grubbing out verges, clearance of waste on fly tipped sites, clearance of dead animals, snow clearing and salt spreading. You take appropriate action to remove waste yourself or report waste problems to help improve the whole street environment.


Requirements

  • Enjoy working outdoors in all weathers
  • You care about neighbourhoods and are keen to maintain attractive, clean and litter free environments.
  • Physically fit and can pull and lift heavy items and walk considerable distances
  • You can work on your own for long periods without supervision and follow a work plan.
  • An appreciation that not all environments you encounter will be pleasant
  • ou can be adaptable to undertake different jobs as required.
  • Literacy and numeracy skills to complete basic documentation
  • Understand the importance of following correct procedures for health and safety and customer care

Approximate wage

Starting from approx £15,000


Skills learned/developed

  • Bending and lifting techniques
  • Knowledge about council services
  • Opportunities to gain a LGV qualification
  • Opportunities to attain a Certificate of Competence to apply chemical pesticides (FEPA) qualification.

Career progression

  • Refuse Driver both in the public and private sector
  • Gardener in the public and private sector

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  • Ranger
  • Refuse Collector