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Vacancy - Workshop Technician Apprentice

The Wheelchair Maintenance Service Department is primarily concerned with the supply of wheelchairs and related equipment to Oxfordshire residents with permanent and serious difficulties in walking, some of whom have complex postural problems requiring specialist input. This department is looking for a technician apprentice to start in September 2017.

Workshop Technician Apprentice

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Wheelchair Maintenance Service

Closing date

31 August 2017

Apprenticeship summary

Working week

  • 8am - 4:30pm with 1 hrs lunch. Monday to Friday.
  • Total hours per week: 37.50
  • Weekly wage

£180.00

Expected apprenticeship duration

2 years

Possible start date

4 Sept 2017

Apprenticeship level

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

Vacancy description

The apprentice will learn and develop the skills for repair, adjustment, maintenance and refurbishment of wheelchairs and associated equipment to departmental and manufacturers’ standards.

Learn how to carry out equipment-related administrative tasks associated with the role of workshop technician.

There will also be the opportunity to spend time with the Maintenance Service mobile technicians and the engineering and technical staff working at the Oxfordshire Wheelchair Service.

  • Repair, adjust, maintain and refurbish wheelchairs and associated equipment to the required departmental and manufacturers’ standards in a cost-effective manner ensuring all finished items are correct to the specifications supplied.
  • To ensure accepted standards of quality and workmanship are maintained.
  • Maintain good discipline and timekeeping, ensuring all departmental equipment is fit for purpose and maintaining own working area in a tidy and organised fashion.
  • Carry out tasks in order of priority as detailed by their supervisor, reporting back on progression of the allocated tasks.
  • Ensure that completed tasks comply with departmental quality standard.
  • Attend departmental and other meetings as appropriate.

 

  • Complete all required documentation in an accurate and timely fashion.
  • Be responsible for own equipment and tools and ensure that they are maintained and cleaned and the workshop environment is kept clean and tidy.
  • To liaise with the supervisor and Wheelchair Maintenance Service Manager regarding any problems that may arise.
  • To perform any additional administrative duties as required by the Wheelchair Maintenance Service Manager.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Experience in the use and handling of hand tools.
  • I.T. literate, including good working knowledge of Microsoft Office and its applications.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail and the ability to concentrate when carrying out administrative tasks such as checking goods against delivery and order documentation.
  • Good organisational skills.
  • Energetic and hard working.
  • Physically fit enough to carry out the manual work required.
  • The ability to work under pressure and deal with interruptions whilst carrying out tasks
  • Ability to analyse information, form judgements and advise accordingly

 

Desireable

  • ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence).
  • Aptitude for repairing and assembling equipment demonstrated by hobbies and interests.

Personal qualities

  • Team player who also has the ability to work on own initiative.
  • Self-motivated, enthusiastic and proactive.
  • A “people person” with the ability to develop strong working relationships and empathise with patients and their families.
  • Adaptable, with a flexible attitude to work and able to work in an environment with frequent interruptions.
  • Able to deal with confidential information and potentially sensitive situations.

Qualifications required

A minimum of four GCSE's (or equivalent qualifications) at grade C and above including English, Science and Maths.

Future prospects

We put a lot of time and effort into training our apprentices as we hope that they will all stay with the company as valued employees once their apprenticeship is complete.

Things to consider

The successful candidates will need to commit to undertaking a comprehensive training programme, on-the-job training and completing a portfolio of evidence – in line with NVQs.


About the employer

Employer

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Wheelchair Maintenance Service

Description

Oxfordshire Wheelchair Service is primarily concerned with the supply of wheelchairs and related equipment to Oxfordshire residents with permanent and serious difficulties in walking, some of whom have complex postural problems requiring specialist input.

The majority of our clients are seen by community therapists who are trained to assess various types of manually propelled wheelchairs, accessories and pressure distributing cushions on our behalf. Where more complex requirements are identified, including powered mobility, a request is made for assessment either at OCE, the person's home or another convenient location.

We have a range of demonstration stock including:

  • wheelchairs
  • cushions
  • complex seating for greater postural support.

Address

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Wheelchair Maintenance Service

Unit B Horspath Industrial Estate

17 Pony Road, Cowley

Oxford, OX4 2RD

Training

Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship delivered over two years, consisting of:

Level 2 BTEC Technical Certificate (delivered by an external provider

Level 2 NVQ delivered in-house alongside a Trust training plan