Accommodation Officer

Job Reference: BSAO/04.2023

Salary: £11.72 per hour dependent on skills and experience. Full Time Equivalent Salary £20,105 per annum

Working Hours: 15 hours per week 52 weeks per year with an opportunity for more hours.

Shift Pattern: This role is to cover a variety of shifts. The shift pattern would include weekend and weekdays offering day and evening shifts with a willingness to cover a night shift if required. The night shifts would typically be 10 pm to 7 am, weekdays and weekends

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Accommodation Officer to join our Accommodation department.

The purpose of the role is to be responsible for the immediate supervision and welfare of students living in on-site accommodation.

The successful applicant must have:

  • Knowledge and understanding of supporting / working with young people aged 16-19 whether in the workplace (youth work, care, education or similar setting) or equivalent
  • Experience of lone working and working on own initiative
  • Maths and English at GCSE A-C grade
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Sills for working effectively within a team
  • The ability to deal with student behaviour
  • Housekeeping / Cleaning skills
  • A good attention to detail
  • Accurate record keeping skills
  • A common sense approach to problems
  • The Ability to complete manual handling activities
  • Computer literate skills (or willingness to learn)

The roles main duties include:

  1. Ensuring that all students in on-site accommodation behave in accordance with the terms as set out in the Student Residential Licence.
  2. Monitoring and supervising the activity of students in on-site accommodation ensuring students adhere to Health and Safety procedures and that safe practice is observed by the students.
  3. Ensuring that all communal and study-bedroom areas in the on-site accommodation are kept clean in accordance with weekly and weekend task rotas for cleaning and preparing rooms and, ensure that those responsible for damage are identified and made accountable.
  4. Planning, participating in and contributing to social and extra-curricular activities to develop students’ independent living, study and employability skills.
  5. To work independently while on duty following relevant procedures for escalating concerns re: missing students, repairs and maintenance and any student behaviour issues

This role requires you to engage in regulatory activity in the FE sector. The full definition of regulatory activity is set out in the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 as amended by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. Regulated activity includes teaching, instructing, caring for or supervising children if the person is unsupervised.

Fancy a 4-day working week*?

Grantham College ran a trial of a 4-day working week from September 2022, as a result of staff feedback and the positive impacts experienced during the trial has been made permanent from April 2023. Staff benefit from a reduction in working hours but still receive full pay, a full-time member of staff with a permanent salaried contract for 37 hours per week reduces to an average of 33 hours per week with the same pro rata reduction for part time employees. Annual leave entitlements will reduce in line with the reduction in contracted hours, but the number of weeks of leave will remain the same. You will work your core hours Monday to Thursday with full time staff working a Friday morning on the 4th week. Upon commencing employment with Grantham College the 4 day week will be discussed with you in detail.

Grantham College experienced positive benefits from the trial including improvement to staff wellbeing and morale. We have also seen benefits in terms of reduced staff turnover leading to greater consistency of performance for our students and apprentices. The number of staff sickness absence days has reduced alongside the energy usage for the college and therefore its carbon emissions. We have also seen improvements in key quality indicators such as student attendance and retention and we are confident this will feed through into improved achievement rates and more positive outcomes for our students.

*pro rota reduction for part time staff

What we offer you in return:

  • An excellent pension scheme (Teachers’ Pension or Local Government)
    • Local Government: Employer Contribution 23.8 %
  • A continued professional development programme of up to £750 per academic year
  • In addition to the 8 Bank Holidays a year, a generous annual leave allowance of:
    • 5 Weeks for Support employees, this will increase to 5.8 weeks, after 5 years’ service
  • Generous occupational sick pay scheme after one years service
  • Family friendly policies, including up to 5 paid occasions for time off for dependants within a 12 month period, after the first year of service
  • Up to Five college closure days in December in addition to annual leave

The closing date for all applications will be Sunday 04 June 2023.    

Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive we will only be able to contact candidates who have been selected for interview. You are welcome to download a full application pack and return your completed application to  
Please note that we do not accept CV’s by way of application or online application via other websites, you must complete a Grantham College application form. Grantham College are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. All employment offers are subject to a self-funded satisfactory enhanced DBS check. The successful applicant will have a deduction of £44 taken from payroll. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


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