A School Caretaker is responsible for the upkeeping and maintenance of the school. This includes ensuring the grounds are tidy, and conducting minor repairs where necessary. You may have to also plan for future developments, and manage any external contractors.
Practical skills such as woodwork and DIY would be useful and your skills and ability to do the job will often be more important than any qualifications.
It could also be an advantage if you have relevant work experience. You will also need Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance to work in schools.
As a school caretaker you could be earning around £20,000 on average throughout the school year. Since you’ll be working in a school setting you’ll generally be working within term time, which might affect how much you’re paid. If you’re a new starter you might be earning around £18,000 or more.
Your income as a school caretaker is going to depend on a few things. Firstly, think about where you’re going to be working. Your location could mean you’re earning more or less than the national average, so it’s good to check out how pay might vary between your local area and others. For example, Londoners can expect to earn on average 25% more than the next closest region because of things like the cost of living.
Your experience level will also be a major factor in what you’ll earn. As a new starter with little experience you might not be earning much, especially if you’re going to be working part-time or similar. After you’ve gained some experience in the role then you’ll probably find you’re earning significantly more. Experienced school caretakers can expect to earn around £25,000 or more in the role. If you have any relevant experience then it might helpful in getting you a higher salary.
As a School Caretaker, you will normally work 38-42 hours a week subject to term times.
Some staff work all year round while some take term holidays.
Once in the post, there are numerous development opportunities for site staff. Post-holders could take a vocational qualification in the following:
Experienced caretakers with responsibility for managing a small team may be able to consider:
We offer both Level 2 and Level 3 Courses & Qualifications. Some of these may be eligible for government funded learning meaning you could study for free subject to eligibility.