Apprenticeships – Estates & Facilities
The Facilities Management service at Cambridge University Hospitals provides a wide range of services covering estates and hotel services functions.
Responsibilities can include:
- Maintenance of grounds, building, electrical, mechanical and engineering installations
- Energy management
- Voice telecommunications, including the Switchboard and Main Reception
- Travel information
- Business travel services
- Domestic services
- Postal services
- Waste disposal and incineration
- Design of new works, small and large
Like any buildings, NHS sites need repairs and regular maintenance. As the needs of the NHS change, existing buildings need to be extended or renovated and new sites built. The fabric of the building needs to be looked after – walls, floors and windows – as well as the systems inside them – heating, power and ventilation. All this work needs skilled staff, often from the construction sector. More information can be found on our Direct Entry Apprenticeship page.
Application: These roles are recruited to around once every two years when there is a vacancy. For all current vacancies, please go to Support Services Vacancies
These roles involve carrying out skilled work, primarily using timber products, either on a construction site, or in a workshop, creating and installing building components. The senior carpenter and joiner is able to undertake complex job tasks, requiring high levels of practical skills and knowledge, in addition to managing their own work and leading small teams.
On completion of this apprenticeship, carpentry and joinery workers will be able to:
- Work safely and be aware of key health, safety and welfare issues
- Plan and carry out their work to commercial standards of quality and speed
- Move, handle and store resources, such as materials and timber components, complying with relevant legislation & guidance
- Interpret and follow verbal and written work instructions from trade supervisors and site managers
- Select the required materials to carry out the work, such as correct timber, tools and fixings
- Access, interpret and use drawings and specifications to carry out their work
Carpentry & Joinery
- Apprenticeship Duration: 18 to 24 months
- Apprenticeship Standard: Carpentry & Joinery
Carpentry & Joinery Apprenticeship Level 3
- Apprenticeship Duration: 12-18 months
- Apprenticeship Standard: Advanced Carpentry & Joinery
Application: Level 2 roles for carpentry may be advertised every two years when there is a vacancy. Level 3 roles tend to be offered to existing staff. For all current vacancies, please go to Support Services Vacancies
Planning, selecting, installing, servicing, commissioning and maintaining all aspects of plumbing and heating systems. As a competent Plumbing and Heating Technician, the installation of plumbing and heating systems includes accurate measuring, marking, cutting, bending and jointing metallic and non-metallic pipework. Appliances and equipment can include gas, oil and solid fuel boilers as well as pumps, heat emitters, bathroom furniture or controls as part of a cold water, hot water, and central heating or above ground drainage and rainwater systems. Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technicians are at the forefront of installing new and exciting environmental technologies like heat pumps, solar thermal systems, biomass boilers and water recycling systems.
It is important for a plumbing and heating technician to be able to work independently or as a team and use their knowledge and skills to ensure that both the system and appliances are appropriately selected and correctly installed, often without any supervision, and done so in a safe, efficient and economical manner to minimise waste.
Plumbing & Heating Technician, Level 3
- Apprenticeship Duration: 48 months
- Apprenticeship Standard: Plumbing & Heating Technician
Application: Plumbing qualifications are currently offered to existing staff within the department.