Vacancy -- Craft Skilled Stonemasons/Bricklayers x 4 - South East and West Wales

Working for the Civil Service

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Vacancy Details

Economy, Treasury and Constitution Group
Cadw
EO - £25,860 - £29,430
£25,860
Full time (not suitable for candidates who wish to work on a part time or job share basis)
Permanent
Pan Wales
'Pan Wales' means that the location in which the vacancy can be based is flexible, subject to the needs of the business. Please note it may not always be possible to accommodate a preference for a specific office location, but requests will be taken into consideration.
TBC

Purpose of Post:

Cadw is the Welsh Government’s historic environment service - working for an accessible and well-protected historic environment for Wales.

We conserve Wales’s heritage to the best possible standard and help to sustain the distinctive character of Wales’s landscapes and towns. We are responsible for some of the most significant sites in the world, and we help people understand and care about their place and history – and the place of Wales in the world.

Our in-house conversation teams carry out statutory responsibilities for the conservation and maintenance of the monuments in our care. Primary functions are to undertake stone masonry conservation works, cyclical and reactive maintenance and presentation works at Cadw’s sites and monuments within a geographical area.

There are a number of vacancies available in various teams across Wales:

South East, South Central, South West and North Wales. Please state your preferred region(s) when applying.

Key tasks:

Key Tasks & Skills include:

  • Using your sound practical and theoretical knowledge of traditional masonry construction to enable you to carry out consolidation and reworking of wall tops, face work and open fragmented wall core.
  • Working safely at all times and at considerable heights from properly constructed scaffolding when required.
  • Recording, annotating and undertaking careful sequenced dismantling of fragile and unstable historic masonry, and carefully and accurately rebuilding and stabilising sections of masonry authentically from drawings, photographs and records.
  • Fixing on site special and bespoke dressed masonry (prepared elsewhere).
  • Undertaking specialist conservation techniques such as pinning, grouting, plastic mortar repairs, anchoring, shelter coating, graffiti removal, etc.
  • Undertaking miscellaneous building works associated with the maintenance and preservation of historic monuments and sites which are open to visitors, including winter maintenance and site presentation improvement work of a non-masonry nature.
  • Assisting with manual labouring duties including mortar removal, movement of materials, mortar mixing, weather protection, etc.
  • Preparing, agreeing and maintaining, with your line manager, a Performance Management, Training and Development Plan. You will undertake all mandatory training and seek out further internal and external training and development opportunities deemed applicable.
  • Ensuring all Welsh Government vehicles, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), plant, access equipment and tools are compliant, safe and well maintained.
  • Ensuring all Welsh Government vehicles, plant and equipment is left safe and secure at all times.
  • Driving and being responsible for works vehicles as and when required.
  • Ensuring that works welfare facilities are clean, hygienic, safe, tidy and compliant. Reporting risks and issues promptly and responsibly.
  • In conjunction with the Works Supervisor and Conservation Works and Property Manager you will have input into the scope and extent of work packages, appropriate conservation and intervention methods, material selection, access requirements, programme, etc. You will assist in the development of Method Statements and Risk Assessments, undertake tool box talks in rotation with colleagues and develop specific Risk Assessments to works required.
  • Assisting in developing forward works programmes by identifying future potential works.
  • Contributing to the promotion of public understanding of Cadw’s work by showcasing our  work to visitors, attending and representing Cadw at external  events, work demonstrations, media opportunities etc.
  • Operating IT equipment with a basic level of skill and understanding.

Development opportunities:

Internal and external training and development opportunities will be encouraged as part of a structured training and development plan. As part of a small specialist team, there is a career path and potential future opportunities to further a career.

Closing Date:

04/11/2022, 16:00

Eligibility

Posts recruited to as part of this recruitment campaign are broadly open to UK nationals, those with right to remain and work in the UK and those that meet the Civil Service Nationality Rules only. Check your eligibility here:

Prior to appointment, all successful applicants will be required to produce original, acceptable documents as part of the pre-employment checks. If it becomes apparent at a later stage in the process that you aren’t eligible to apply, your application will be withdrawn, or offer retracted.

Equality and Diversity

The Welsh Government is committed to providing services which embrace diversity and which promote equality of opportunity. This is underpinned by the Equality Act 2010 and will be adhered to at each stage of the recruitment process. Our goal is to ensure that these commitments are also embedded in our day-to-day working practices with all our customers, colleagues and partners.

We are committed to being an anti-racist organisation and increasing diversity in the Welsh Government by removing barriers and supporting all our staff to reach their potential. We are committed to recruiting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people and disabled people who are currently under-represented in Welsh Government.

We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, marriage and civil partnership (both same sex and opposite sex), impairment or health condition, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, gender identity or gender expression.

We are a Stonewall Diversity Champion and a Disability Confident Level 3 (Leader) organisation. Key to supporting this work and providing peer support are five Board sponsored Staff Networks (Disability Awareness and Support (DAAS); Minority Ethnic Support Network (MESN); Mind Matters (Mental health and well-being); PRISM (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex +) and Women Together.

Disability Confident

The Welsh Government has adopted the social definition of disability, in which it is recognised that barriers in society act to disable people who have impairments or health conditions, who are neurodivergent or who use British Sign Language. We are committed to removing barriers so that all (or potential new) staff can perform at their best.

We guarantee to interview any disabled person who meets the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide us with evidence, at each stage of the assessment process before interview, which demonstrates you generally meet the job description requirements. We are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.

If you have an impairment or health condition, if you are neurodivergent or use British Sign Language and need to discuss reasonable adjustments for any part of this recruitment process, or wish to discuss how we will put in place any adjustments if you were to be successful, please email sharedservicehelpdesk@gov.wales as soon as possible and a member of the team will contact you to discuss requirements and any questions you may have.

A Great Place to Work for Veterans

This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.

Welsh Language Requirements

The Welsh Government is a bilingual organisation and Welsh language skills are considered an asset to the organisation. We encourage and support staff to learn, develop and use their Welsh language skills in the workplace. 

The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the line manager on behalf of the Welsh Government of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.

Not necessary to undertake the duties of this post

Social Partnership

In Welsh Government, the relationship between the employer and trade unions is based on social partnership. We believe our goals can best be achieved by management and trade unions working together.

Our 3 recognised trade unions are:
•         PCS
•         Prospect
•         FDA

This relationship is underpinned by a partnership agreement. This sets out how our unions work with Welsh Government on issues such as:
•         pay
•         terms and conditions
•         policies and procedures
•         organisational change.

Our Welsh Government trade union colleagues work together to give their members a real say in the workplace. They make sure that the interests of their members are promoted and protected. They also help reduce inequalities and improve terms and conditions.

The Welsh Government has an excellent track record of working in partnership with its trade unions. We encourage staff to get involved. We support you to join a recognised trade union, to ensure your voice is heard in the workplace. and to learn more about trade unions and partnership working.

Competencies / Job Specific Criteria

The following experience criteria are ESSENTIAL for this role.  Please ensure you attach a CV which demonstrates your ability and experience in relation to these skills:  

  1. Experience of conserving or rebuilding stone or brick buildings or walls  
  2. Experience of using lime mortars 
  3. Experience of other conservation techniques (e.g., graffiti removal, stone pinning, lime washing, grouting, vegetation removal) 
  4. Experience of working in a team

We ask that your CV submission does not exceed 2 sides of A4 but ensures that it covers all of the 4 criteria noted above. 

Assessment Process

Sift Stage

As part of your application you will be asked to upload a copy of your CV. This should be no more than 2 sides of A4. Anything above 2 sides of A4 will be discounted and will not be considered as part of the sift. 

An initial sift will be carried out against your CV and the 4 experience criteria noted above. To confirm, these are:

  1. Experience of conserving or rebuilding stone or brick buildings or walls 
  2. Experience of using lime mortars 
  3. Experience of other conservation techniques (e.g. graffiti removal, stone pinning, lime washing, grouting, vegetation removal) 
  4. Experience of working in a team

Interview Stage

Candidates who have passed the sift stage, will be invited to participate in a virtual interview with the selection panel. 

During the virtual interview the panel will:

  1. ask you questions relating to your skills and experience, aligned to the Experience Criteria noted above.
  2. ask you to demonstrate your technical knowledge by assessing your response to questions asked about images related to the stonemason/bricklaying profession. 
  3. ask you questions to understand your passion, motivations, and commitment to the stonemason/bricklaying profession. 

Overall elements of the Success Profile Framework being assessed  

Sift Stage: Experience 

Interview Stage: Experience, Technical, Strengths 

Strengths assessed at Interview 

1. Disciplined 

2. Adaptable 

3. Focussed

Other Information

  • Unless stated otherwise in ‘actual starting salary’, all candidates will start at the minimum of the pay scale being appointed to (this includes existing civil servants).This is not negotiable.
  • Unless stated otherwise in ‘type of opportunity’, this recruitment advert is not open on a Loan or Secondment basis.
  • For more information on the eligibility criteria and terms and conditions for Loan and Secondment positions in Welsh Government, please see external recruitment candidate guidance.
  • Unless stated otherwise in ‘Location of Post’ the role/s recruited to via this campaign can only be worked in the UK, not overseas.

There are 4 posts available. 

3 posts are located in South East Wales

1 post is located in South West Wales

Adam Jenkins - 07866928789

How to apply

All applications for this vacancy should be made online via the Welsh Government's online application system.  If you have an impairment which would prevent you from applying on-line, please e-mail SharedServiceHelpdesk@gov.wales to request an application pack in an alternative format, or to request a reasonable adjustment related to an impairment in order to submit your application.

To apply, you'll need to have an account on our online application system.  Click the 'Apply' button below, and you'll be asked to 'Log in' if you already have an account, or 'Register' if you don't yet have an account.  Registration takes just a few minutes to complete.  You'll need an e-mail address to be able to register.  Once you've registered for an account and logged in, you'll be taken to the online application form, which you'll need to fully complete and submit before the deadline on the closing date.  

If you’d like to apply for this vacancy in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

For further information regarding the Welsh Government recruitment process, please see the Recruitment Guidance for External Candidates (link).


Grievance and Complaints

Anyone who believes they have been treated unfairly, or has a grievance or complaint, about how the process was conducted should either write to the Head of Resourcing, Welsh Government, Cathays Park 2, Cardiff CF10 3NQ or email SharedServiceHelpdesk@gov.wales.  If you are unhappy with the outcome of the complaint raised with the Welsh Government and feel that the principles of appointment on merit through fair and open competition have not been met you have the right to pursue your grievance with the Civil Service Commission.

This vacancy is closed to applications.