Trades & Services
Caretakers look after buildings such as schools, community centres and apartments and ensure they are secure, clean and well-maintained.
Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent
What does a Caretaker do?
Caretakers look after buildings such as schools, community centres and apartments. They make sure the buildings are secure, clean and well-maintained.
Your tasks as a caretaker would vary depending on the particular job, but could include:
- supervising cleaning staff
- carrying out day-to-day maintenance and minor repairs
- booking outside contractors for major repair work
- making sure that heating, lighting and alarm systems are working properly
- making sure that doors and windows are locked when the building is not in use
- checking the premises to guard against vandalism or break-ins
- opening up the building in the morning and locking it at the end of the day
- arranging chairs and tables for meetings and clearing away afterwards
- ordering fuel, cleaning materials, new equipment and furniture
- taking bookings if rooms in the building are available for hire.
You could also be responsible for several different sites.
Key skills and interests
To become a caretaker, you would need:
- practical DIY skills to carry out minor repairs
- the ability to manage your own workload
- good problem solving skills
- the ability to supervise cleaning staff and manage contractors
- awareness of health, safety, security and hygiene issues
- to be physically fit.
Working hours and conditions
You might work standard weekly hours, which could include early mornings, evenings and weekends. In many jobs you could work fewer hours but have split shifts, covering early mornings and evenings with time off during the day.
Some of your work could be physically demanding and involve lifting. You may also need to work at heights, using ladders, and in all weather conditions.
How to become an Caretaker?
Entry Level Education
To become a caretaker, you would need to have good practical skills, such as joinery and DIY. It would also be an advantage if you have relevant experience, for example from working in building maintenance, cleaning, gardening or security. A plumbing or electrical qualification might also be useful although not essential.
You would probably get some training on the job. You may also need basic computer skills for record keeping, and a drivers’ licence in some jobs.
Overall employment of caretakers is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations.
Employment growth coupled with high job turnover should result in good job opportunities for candidates for these positions.