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Laundry Assistant

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Role Introduction

We are looking for Laundry Assistants to be part of the team providing a full laundry service for the College.

Working Pattern

  • 31 Weeks per annum at 40 hours during term time (Monday-Friday from 8am to 4.30pm)
  • 7 Weeks per annum at 39 hours (Monday-Thursday 8am – 4.30pm and Friday 8am-3.30pm)
  • 6 weeks per annum at 27.5 hours during summer holidays (Monday – Friday 8am – 2pm)
  • Working days include a 30-minute meal break.

The Laundry Department consists of 24 members of staff operating state of the art equipment, the exception being a rare Collar machine dating back to the 1900’s. There are industrial sized washing machines and dryers, a steam powered shirt unit and ironer which processes bed and table linens. There is also a Butterfly machine that folds and stacks garments and a tunnel finisher for the drying of delicate items. The Laundry processes items for the boys, boarding house staff, catering departments, summer schools students, the Bursary and many other departments in the College.  The Laundry Department can process up to 50,000 items per week.

The remainder of the time when the Laundry is closed will be unpaid. Salaries are however paid in 12 equal monthly installments.

Due to the needs of the school and the department, we may interview suitable candidates before the closing date. This job may also close early if a large number of applications are received. You are advised to submit your application as early as possible to avoid missing your chance to apply.

Main Duties

  • Sort dirty clothing on arrival at the Laundry;
  • Launder items ensuring they are cleaned to the highest standard;
  • To be able to operate all items of equipment once training has been given;
  • Sort and list items of clothing and linens for return to the boarding houses;
  • To ensure equipment is kept clean and report any equipment failure;
  • To be able to work quickly & accurately to ensure each day’s workload is completed;
  • Take delivery & check-in cleaning product orders from our suppliers;
  • Pick orders for boarding houses and departments;
  • Stock checks as and when required;
  • Ensure the stores are kept clean & tidy;
  • Where required, undertake regulated activity, such as unsupervised contact with children, ensuring that safeguarding procedures are followed and providing safe and effective care at all times;
  • Good understanding and effective implementation of Child Protection procedures;
  • Commitment and promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion;
  • All positions at Eton are classed as ‘regulated activity’ as per the Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021 guidance, therefore a good understanding of safeguarding procedures is essential;
  • Commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, including by not limited to, completing safeguarding training as required, and ensuring any safeguarding updates issued by the College are read and understood;
  • Understand and comply with procedures and legislation relating to confidentiality.

The Ideal Candidate

To be successful in this role, the incumbent should have:

  • The ability to work as part of a team;
  • Good written and verbal communication skills;
  • Efficiency & accuracy when completing tasks;
  • Flexibility with hours;
  • Self-motivating with good initiative;
  • The ability to lift heavy items;
  • The ability to work in a hot, busy atmosphere.

Benefits

Eton College offers a wide range of benefits, including; an 11% employer contribution to your pension (with 4.9% employee contribution), Employee Assistance Programme, enhanced Maternity / Paternity scheme (where applicable), free eyecare vouchers, a cycle to work scheme, subsidised lunches during term time, free access to the College’s sport and leisure facilities and discount at local retailers and businesses.

About the College

We are an equal opportunities employer and are seeking applications from suitable candidates from all backgrounds. We are dedicated to creating and sustaining an environment that values individuality and difference and celebrates the diversity of both staff and pupils by fostering perseverance, tolerance and integrity. We believe in equal opportunity for everyone, irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or socio-economic background.

If you have any queries about the application process or any problem with submitting your application online, the Recruitment Team will be happy to help. Should you require any reasonable adjustments to be made or facilities provided to enable you to apply online, please do not hesitate to contact us on recruitment@etoncollege.org.uk so we can make adjustments accordingly. 

 

DISCLOSURE CHECKS

Eton College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including reference checks with past employers, an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service and, where applicable, a Barred List, Prohibition and EEA checks. If you are successful in your application, you will be required to complete a DBS Disclosure Application Form.  Any information disclosed will be handled in accordance with any guidance and/or Code of Practice published by the DBS. The College is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore all convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings (including those which would normally be considered as “spent” under the Act) must be declared, subject to the DBS filtering rules. It is a criminal offence for any person who is barred from working with children to attempt to apply for a position at the College.

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