Property Maintenance Operative L2 Apprenticeship

Level 2 Property Maintenance Operative Apprenticeship
What is Property Maintenance?

A Property Maintenance Apprenticeship is made for individuals interested in pursuing a career in property maintenance and management.

This Apprenticeship is designed for those who aspire to become skilled professionals responsible for the upkeep and repair of various properties.

You will gain hands-on experience in assessing and addressing property issues, ensuring the safety, functionality, and aesthetics of buildings.

By the end of the Apprenticeship, individuals will be well-prepared to embark on a successful career as competent and versatile property maintenance experts, contributing to the smooth operation and value enhancement of properties in different sectors.

Apprentices will benefit from:

Earn a wage, whilst studying a fantastic course

Gaining experience in a fast-paced & competitive industry

No learning costs for the Apprentice


Potential career paths of Property Maintainance Operative Apprentices…

  • Maintenance Assistant 
  • Maintenance Technician 
  • Multi-skilled Technician 
  • Multi-skilled Trade Operative 
  • Property Maintenance Operative 
  • Property Technician
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Duties of a Property Maintenance Operative Apprentice

This occupation is found in the construction and built environment sector, where properties across the housing, healthcare, social care, hospitality, education, commercial, leisure, retail, and private and public sectors, require maintenance to keep them in a safe working condition, and to optimise their quality or performance.

The broad purpose of the occupation is to conduct the general day-to-day maintenance required to keep a range of properties in a good state of repair. Property maintenance operatives conduct routine maintenance tasks, and minor planned and responsive repair works, using a broad range of fundamental trade skills including carpentry, joinery, plumbing, plastering, brick and block work, external works and associated finishing trades including tiling, painting, and decorating. Operatives use a wide variety of hand and power tools, materials, components, fixtures and fittings, ensuring work that is carried out is compliant with health and safety requirements, and meets building safety regulations and legislation. This requires them to know and understand the key principles of buildings and their construction, the range of building services that support a buildings operation, including electrical, plumbing, plant, safety systems and equipment, the techniques, and processes to prevent damage. Operatives are also keenly aware of the limits of their own competence, and will respond appropriately to, and report faults and defects to, others as necessary. Increasingly, property maintenance operatives are required to support in the optimisation of building performance and minimisation of environmental impact; operatives now need to record and report building information digitally, and consider sustainability and environmental choices, such as the use, recycling, and disposal of materials and components, in order to achieve net-zero carbon emissions.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with other maintenance staff, specialist trades people, landlords and property owners, and the staff that work within or the residents that occupy buildings. Property Maintenance Operatives assist in the location of the repair works to be carried out, and to obtain further information and clarification as required from the customer, using a range of information gathering and communication techniques, whilst recording and reporting information in a variety of ways, including using digital technologies. Whilst much of the time may be working inside properties, operatives will be regularly required to work outside, conducting maintenance and repairs to properties, including to external drainage, brick and blockwork, glazing, fencing and groundworks.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for performing planned maintenance and responsive repairs to properties, maintaining a high level of quality to the works they complete, providing maximum satisfaction to customers, clients, staff or residents within those properties. Generally, operatives work alone, but receive their direction from their supervisor or manager who selects and allocates jobs relative to the skills and experience of the operative. If on arrival the job is not as originally outlined, operatives have the responsibility to recognise their own level of competence, and report back to their supervisor or manager who will make the decision to amend the works required within the competence of the operative or assign the job to a more senior colleague or specialist professional.


  • Support the planning, preparation and delivery of property maintenance tasks in accordance with building safety regulations and legislation.
  • Create a safe working environment by implementing the necessary control measures, through the identification, mitigation and reporting of risks and hazards, and in line with health and safety legislation, policies and procedures.
  • Access and utilise appropriate work plans, job sheets, specifications, drawings/diagrams, information & data sheets, taking in account factors such as regulatory requirements and legislation, performance and quality criteria, efficiency, sustainability, and the need to reduce waste.
  • Select, check, use and maintain tools, equipment, materials, components, compounds and parts appropriate to the task being undertaken, handling, positioning and storing these safely, and clearing away and disposing of waste safely on completion of work, and in accordance with codes of practice.
  • Safely isolates electrical, electronic and emergency systems to enable property maintenance operations to be performed around isolated electrical components, and the reporting of faults as required.
  • Perform fault diagnostics to implement a range of minor reactive or responsive plumbing and drainage repairs to a satisfactory conclusion.
  • Carry out preventative and corrective maintenance, minor repairs and replacement of components within water, environmental and energy management systems in accordance with current legislation, industry standards and with the manufacturer's requirements.
  • Use carpentry and joinery skills to complete minor repairs or refurbishment to fixtures within and around properties, such as doors, windows, frames, and worktops, ensuring associated fixtures and fittings are selected, installed or repaired, and working correctly.
  • Carry out minor plastering repairs using appropriate materials and surface finishing techniques.
  • Carry out remedial painting and decorating works to a range of surfaces, ensuring the appropriate and safe use of compounds, materials, tools and access equipment.
  • Carry out minor tiling and flooring activities or repairs using a variety of materials, tools, adhesives and sealants.
  • Carry out planned, responsive or temporary repairs to buildings and their immediate surroundings to make buildings safe and secure for their occupants or clients.
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing, using digital technologies to access, identify, record and report information, liaise and coordinate with other team members, and provide customer service to internal and external customers, and respect others.
  • Maintain and develop competence in the property maintenance industry, recognising own levels of competence and when to escalate concerns to others, resisting the pressure to follow unsafe working practices.


End Point Assesment

An EPA is an assessment at the end of your apprenticeship. It will assess you against the knowledge, skills, and behaviours (KSBs) in the occupational standard. Your training will cover the KSBs. The EPA is your opportunity to show an independent assessor how well you can carry out the occupation you have been trained for.

Your employer will choose an end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) to deliver the EPA. Your employer and training provider should tell you what to expect and how to prepare for your EPA.

The length of the training for this apprenticeship is typically 24 months. The EPA period is typically 3 months.

The overall grades available for this apprenticeship are:

  • fail
  • pass
  • merit
  • distinction

When you pass the EPA, you will be awarded your apprenticeship certificate.


Assessment methods

Practical assessment with questions

You will be observed by an independent assessor completing a set of tasks. It will last 10 hours. They will ask you at least 10 questions.

Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence

You will have an interview with an independent assessor. It will last at least 60 minutes. They will ask you at least 10 questions. The questions will be about certain aspects of your occupation. You need to compile a portfolio of evidence before the EPA gateway. You can use it to help answer the questions.

Multiple-choice test

You will complete a multiple-choice test. It will be closed book, meaning you will not have access to any books or reference materials.

The test will have 40 multiple-choice questions. You will have 60 minutes to complete it.

The EPAO will confirm where and when each assessment method will take place.


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