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Applications are invited for the post of Empty Homes Technician in the Empty Homes Team within the Environmental Health Department.
Preston has a mixed private housing stock with many areas of significant new development but, like many older industrial towns, it also has a legacy of older housing some of which falls into long term vacancy. The Council recognises the importance of bringing these properties back in to occupation and as a result has recently committed to an innovative partnership with a local social landlord, Making Homes from Houses, which over the next two years will form a substantial element of the post holders work . The project involved the purchase and refurbishment of long term empty properties and bringing them back in to affordable rental properties managed by the social landlord. In addition, the successful candidate will work with a range of individuals, including property owners, landlords and other agencies to reduce the number of long term empty properties. In addition, this role will complement the work of other Environmental Health services to raise standards in the private sector and improve neighbourhoods by dealing with properties in poor condition.
Although training and supervision will be provided, it would be highly desirable for the successful candidate to have experience of delivering a service in the public sector and dealing with a range of customers and organisations. In addition, a knowledge of building and construction in the domestic sector would be essential. Finally, the post holder will need to be a good team player in addition to being able to plan and organise their own workload.
For an informal discussion about any aspects of the job, contact Stephen Bennett, firstname.lastname@example.org or 01772 903417.
Interviews will be held on Tuesday, 5 February 2019.
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Deadline for all applications is 12 noon on the closing date.