The Laurus Trust is a highly successful and growing multi-academy trust in the North West of England, with Cheadle Hulme High School (CHHS), the founder school, at its centre. Our vision is for everyone regardless of background or circumstance to be inspired, to thrive in all environments, to recognise what it takes to succeed, to set aspirational goals and to work hard to achieve them.
All our Laurus Schools are hugely oversubscribed and have a reputation, both locally and further afield, for outstanding teaching and learning through the relentless pursuit of excellence and the determination to ensure that every child succeeds. In the recent Staff Engagement Survey, 97% of our employees stated that they would recommend working for Laurus Trust to their friends.
Due to continued growth and success, The Laurus Trust is looking to appoint a pro-active and dedicated Senior IT Technician to support all schools within the Trust. This is a fantastic opportunity to join the Laurus Trust family, and to play a vital role in maintaining the high standards of the Trust. Support staff work tirelessly to ensure all services run smoothly and efficiently, enabling our teaching staff to focus on delivering an outstanding education for our students.
- Manage the day-to-day work of the IT Helpdesk, taking responsibility for the daily administration and operations of the department
- Provide proactive 2nd line level support - prioritise daily support tasks, respond and follow‐up support requests
- Ensure that IT Support staff complete customer requests within targets defined in any Service Level Agreement
- Carry out installation, maintenance, integration/configuration and/or troubleshooting of ICT system, network equipment and Infrastructure, PCs, applications, AV equipment, projectors, third party software and peripherals
- Assist in the testing of the Disaster Recovery plan, ensuring that all activities are carried out according to the documentation
- Identify failing systems and suggest solutions.
- Act as an initial escalation point for IT Technicians and/or customers with complex queries
- Allocate and coordinate work to IT Technicians
- Use statistics software packages to collate, analyse and report Help Desk performance results
- Encourage and ensure knowledge sharing within the team and wider Central Services Team
- Provide staff with information regarding incidents, problems and service outages
- Ensure that appropriate escalation routes are followed for issues raised
- Support day-to-day operations and maintenance of Network and Wireless Infrastructure, Print management, mobile devices, Trust backup solution, anti-virus protection and workstation security procedures and its documentations
- Promote safe and responsible use of the internet for all staff and students, including social media
- Work closely with the IT Managers on continuous policy development, processes and Standard Operating Procedure reviews, developing and delivering skills training to wider team and any other tasks required
Key Skills & Experience
- Must have a sound educational background including GCSE’s Maths and English (A*-C) or equivalent
- Ideally be trained to an MCSA level in Desktop and/or Server technologies, or an equivalent standard
- Must have direct experience in an IT Support/helpdesk environment
- Proficiency in MS Office, Adobe CC and other relevant IT packages
- Experience of using Windows, Mac OS or Linux operating systems
- Technical knowledge of computer hardware, diagnosing & troubleshooting
- Prior experience of working in a school environment would be highly advantageous
We offer a wide range of employee benefits to all of our staff in return for their commitment to our schools, and to help contribute towards improving their well-being.
At the Laurus Trust, it is not just about what we do but also about how we do it. Our core behaviours detailed below provide guidance on the expectations we have of our staff. It is essential that any employee joining the Trust is able to demonstrate some or all of these behaviours on a regular/daily basis:
Adaptable - Open to change, to be flexible
Courageous - Willing to speak up, offer ideas, challenge the norm
Hard Working - Strong work ethic, prepared to go the extra mile
Inclusive - Treat others fairly and equally
Engaged - Involved/absorbed in your work, participate at all times
Value - Add value to your role, your team and the Trust
Enquiring - Have an enquiring mind, curious, improve and find solutions
Motivated - Pro-active, wanting to achieve goals, willingness to try, can do attitude
Encouraging - Giving/offering support and confidence to others, working together
Navigator - Providing guidance, leading when necessary
Tenacious - Perseverance, never giving up, whatever it takes
Applying to the Laurus Trust
If you want to work in a highly ambitious and successful school, and have the passion and commitment to join us at an exciting time of continuous progression and growth, then we would like to hear from you.
For more information about The Laurus Trust, or for further information relating to the role and the School you’re applying to, please download the Candidate Information Pack or visit https://www.laurustrust.co.uk/
Please note: an application form must be completed as CV’s will not be accepted. To complete an application form please click ‘Quick Apply’.
Disability Confident Committed
The Laurus Trust is committed to Equal Opportunities for all candidates. As a Disability Confident Committed Employer, we strongly encourage applications from all persons with a known disability, and we will ensure that a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants that meet the minimum criteria for this position will be offered an interview and given the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talents and abilities.
If you would prefer to request a manual application pack, or should you require any additional support in completing your application, please feel free to contact us on 0161 485 7201 or via e-mail at; email@example.com
Closing Date: Monday 12th April 2021 at 9:00am
Interview Date: Thursday 15th April 2021 at 9:00am
The Laurus Trust and its affiliated schools are committed to safeguarding and protecting the children and young people that we work with. As such, all posts are subject to a safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records and vetting checks.
We ensure that we have a range of policies and procedures in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practice across the school. This is in line with statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education and The Education Act 2002, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
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