Kickstart - Kickstart Assistant Neighbourhood Operative

Job details
Posting date: 15 January 2022
Hours: Part time
Closing date: 24 February 2022
Location: MANCHESTER, M402AX
Company: DWP Kickstart Scheme
Job type: Temporary
Job reference: V0000387577

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To apply for this job, you must be claiming Universal Credit and 16 to 24 years old.


Job Purpose: -
The role holder will support the provision of high quality green spaces within the Manchester area through the delivery of a variety of manual and operational tasks. The tasks will be carried out as part of a team that will include Council Operatives. The green spaces maintained are Parks and roadside grass verges.

The role holder will assist in effectively supporting all aspects of the Operational work required and this will range from assisting with litter collection through to driving and operating ride on mowing machines.

The role is initially for 25 hours but will be under review and if it is suitable to the Council and the employee, hours may be increased to 35 hours.

Key Responsibilities: -
Assist with maintaining litter green spaces by cutting grass using either walk behind or ride on mowing machines, emptying litter bins collecting litter and carrying other horticultural tasks such as weeding and reducing shrubs. Follow appropriate training in Health and use of machinery and equipment. Be supported in providing a high-quality Operational work as directed by your line manager. Demonstrate a personal commitment to continuous self-development and service improvement. Through personal example, open commitment and clear action, ensure diversity is positively valued, resulting in equal access and treatment in employment, service delivery and communications.

Personal Development Programme: -
Receive training on the processes and procedures in place to carry out ground maintenance work.
Learn how to effectively carry out Operational Tasks in an efficient and effective manner.
Manual Handling training
Health and Safety training
Potential opportunity for training on use of Ride in mowing machines
Equality and Diversity Training

A positive attitude and pride in completing tasks effectively and efficiently is the primary skill required.

The candidate will require to have a basic level of physical fitness given the operational and manual nature of much of the work.

The candidate must be able to start work at 7.00am and be punctual and reliable as teams cannot be held back to wait for late arrival.

The candidate should be able to work as part of a team and be self-motivated to complete tasks without close supervision.

Previous experience of working in an operational/manual environment would be useful but by no means essential.

Will be confirmed once in placement

Manchester Living Wage (£9.50ph)

Once a young person has been offered a placement, the relevant service will be supported by our Learning and Development team to ensure a robust Induction is offered. This will include key Council policies such as Health and Safety, Safeguarding, GDPR, Cyber-security and Equality and Inclusion. Other e-learning modules will be made available related to their role. Additionally, all mandatory and statutory training required for a specific role (i.e., lifting and handling) will also be provided. This will be part of a broader offer of development available centrally that continues throughout the placement ensuring the young person has the access to a range of opportunities to learn and develop their skills and knowledge, maximising their experience and chances for employment beyond the placement. During the placement, the placement manager will ensure appropriate line management arrangements are in place, and support the young person to develop their skills and experience, including but not limited to: supporting with basic skills, such as attendance, timekeeping and teamwork, working as part of a team, regular supervisions and offer of ongoing support, support in understanding Our Ways of Working. Each young person will have access to a Personal Development Planner in which they can record what tasks they have undertaken and what knowledge and skills they have acquired in the process. Time will be given during the working week for this to be completed. All young people on placement with MCC will also be invited to attend the Our Manchester Experience and Listening in Action sessions to better understand the underlying principles of Manchester City Council as an organisation. In addition to regular one to ones, each placement manager will be required to meet with the young person at the beginning, middle and end of the placement and complete a form which captures their learning and voice at each stage.

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