Maintenance Technician

Position:          Maintenance Technician

Location:         Meadowcroft – The Hub, Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Salary:             £23,500 per annum 

Hours:             42.5 hours per week

Contract:         Permanent

The Role

We are looking for a Maintenance Technician to join our outstanding team at Meadowcroft – The Hub in Wakefield. You will have experience of basic maintenance and repair work including painting, decorating and gardening.  It is important you are comfortable working in a special educational needs environment.

Key Responsibilities

  • To respond effectively to all urgent maintenance and repair tasks as they arise
  • To undertake general repairs and maintenance around the site, inside and out, including plastering, basic joinery, decorating, repairs on furnishings and buildings, including woodwork, and gardening etc. to ensure a safe and well cared for environment is maintained
  • Maintain security of the site i.e. opening and closing of the premises in line with agreed opening and closing procedures. Liaise with the alarm company as and when required
  • Be a key member of emergency and fire marshal group undertaking training as and when necessary
  • Undertake regular periodic checks including asbestos visual check, weekly fire alarm call point tests, water temperature tests, first aid box checks, ,emergency lighting tests, fire door checks, operation of fire exits, fire extinguisher tests, ladder checks, equipment condition checks
  • To ensure that all equipment and materials are used in accordance with Health & Safety guidelines
  • To ensure that company tools and equipment are kept in good order and propose solutions to repair any faulty tools or equipment to the appropriate manager
  • Perform basic maintenance on the school vehicles so that they are in good order and the correct number of vehicles are available for use when required by the school

Essential Skills and Competencies

  • A full clean driving licence
  • Experience of basic housekeeping, repair work and upkeep of a large site
  • Ability to use basic tools and power tools
  • Ability to work under own initiative on occasion
  • Understanding of the challenges of working in a special educational needs environment

About the School

Meadowcroft is an independent specialist day school for boys and girls aged from 5 to 19, catering for children with a wide range of needs in 3 sites across Wakefield. Our dedicated team work together to ensure successful outcomes for pupils who often arrive at the school with a troubled view of education and life.

We pride ourselves in steering children in the right direction, nurturing aspiration to progress them both academically and socially to encourage them to take pride in their achievements. Socially, we build confidence in our students so they are able to have a greater understanding of the wider community in which they live.

We have a team of fantastic multi-disciplinary specialists who work closely together to find creative tailored solutions to support the emotional development to make a positive life changing difference to our students.

About the Group

We are part of the Acorn Care and Education and can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.

Acorn Care and Education provide education and care across schools and residential care homes nationally. Our vision is to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK to be happy and make their way in the world. Every day we improve the lives of thousands of young people, their families and communities through relentless focus on caring and learning.

Why join Acorn Education & Care? 


Your health and wellbeing are important to us, so you’ll get an exceptional reward package including:

  • Competitive Holiday Entitlement with the opportunity to buy 5 days additional
  • Life Assurance
  • Pension scheme with options to increase your contributions
  • “Your Wellbeing Matters” – access to a wide range of first-class mental health support services and physical health checks

And a market-leading benefit offering through our Flexible Benefits Platform, Vista, enables you to choose the package that’s right for you, including:

  • A wide range of health, wellbeing, and insurance benefits
  • 100’s of discount options valid in the UK and abroad
  • Cycle to Work Schemes
  • Electric Car Purchase Scheme
  • Critical illness cover

And that’s not all, we place the outcomes of the children and vulnerable young adults in our services at the heart of everything we do, so you’ll wake every day in the knowledge that your role will have a significant positive impact on the lives of others.

We are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to a fully enhanced DBS, which must be registered on the update service.