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New apprentices arrive

The Facilities Management team have taken on six apprentices who will receive on-the-job training while working in a variety of roles across the team and also pursuing a Level 2 City & Guilds NVQ qualification in facilities management. They started in early June and are now undergoing a two-week period of intensive training – the ‘FM boot camp’ developed for their predecessor apprentices – before moving to placements in FM-managed buildings around the estate.

The new apprentices follow in the footsteps of the cohort of eight young people who were taken on in late 2016; six of those original eight have now moved into full-time employment with the University.  There is now opportunity for last year’s apprentices to move onto a Level 3 qualification in Facilities Management as part of the Work Learn Develop programme.

Elsewhere in Estates Services, the Graduate Accommodation team has also taken on an Apprentice Caretaker, who started in late May. The Parks team are in the process of hiring an Apprentice Gardener, while the Direct Labour Organisation is planning to take on three apprentices – two in its Mechanical team and another in its Plumbing team – via a partnership with Abingdon & Witney College.

Estates Services adds asbestos expertise 

George Bennett and Peter Howat have arrived in the Conservation and Buildings team as Asbestos & Compliance Manager and Asbestos Surveyor respectively. They are working closely with Riverside Environmental Services, the University’s asbestos surveyor, to improve the information the University holds on asbestos around the estate and procedures to manage the risks this asbestos presents.

They are working on carrying out asbestos management surveys on an initial shortlist of around 20 buildings that are seen as at greatest risk of holding asbestos-containing materials. They hope to work their way through this list by around the end of next year. The ultimate goal is to carry out comprehensive surveys for all buildings put up before 2000.

New addition to Mechanical team within Building Services

Ray Blackford has joined the Building Services team as a Senior Mechanical Services Engineer. He reports to Mark Davies, Principal Mechanical Engineer. 

Bruce Shakespeare joins FM Operations team

Bruce Shakespeare has become a permanent Senior Facilities Manager, after spending several months on secondment within the FM team as FM Projects Manager. He previously worked at IT Services before moving to the FM team when the building moved under FM management. Bruce is responsible for the provision of FM services to the Temporary Staffing Service, Dartington House, 11-13 Banbury Road, 92 Woodstock Road and the Tinbergen building. He manages two staff and reports to John Weston, Head of FM Operations. 

New arrival boosts Legal teamCharlotte Astley - Legal Services

Charlotte Astley has joined the Legal Services team as a Solicitor.

DLO continues active work experience programme

The Direct Labour Organisation (DLO) has taken on numerous under-16 students for work experience over the years, and so far 2018 has been particularly active in this respect. In recent months students have spent a week with various DLO teams including Administration, Joiners and Building Maintenance. The Mechanical Maintenance team will be hosting a student in July. The work experience placements are a service to the wider community and give young people a chance to experience doing practical work in a variety of maintenance-related fields.

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