Queen Elizabeth II, 94, has multiple royal residences across the UK and maintaining them is quite the task. A large team of staff including housekeepers and cleaners helps with the upkeep of each of her homes and the royal household is currently recruiting. There are two new job adverts on the Royal Household website outlining a specific list of skills applicants need.
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The first description is for three cleaner roles at the Queen’s Windsor Castle home.
While the Queen’s main base has traditionally been Buckingham Palace she has switched to Windsor Castle during the pandemic.
The decision to move the Queen to Windsor was made as it was deemed safer to keep her away from London where there is a higher number of COVID-19 infections.
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The description adds: “Joining our professional Housekeeping team at Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle, you’ll upkeep, clean and care for a wide range of interiors and items, ensuring they’re presented to their very best.
“Learning from your colleagues, you’ll gain the specialist professional skills needed, always aiming for the highest standards. And on occasion, you’ll support functions and events at too.
“In an environment where development and training is commonplace, you’ll be able to grow your skills within your role.”
A description of the skills applicants need states: “Some previous cleaning or hospitality experience would be an advantage, but most important is that you have a keen eye for detail and can be relied on to deliver to the highest standard.
“Highly efficient and proactive, and with good time management skills, you’re able to prioritise and manage a busy daily workload.
“And with a positive and flexible approach to work, you’re happy to get involved in a range of duties, supporting the wider team. Above all, you will be eager to learn and develop your skills.”
Successful applicants will be rewarded with a comprehensive benefits package, including 33 days holiday, an employer contribution pension scheme, with training and a range of catering and recreational facilities.
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The description adds: “You’ll join our team of Housekeeping professionals; learning on-the-job while you work alongside them to upkeep, clean and care for interiors and items, ensuring they’re presented to their very best.
“The apprenticeship will also involve off-the-job training, supported by a separate learning provider. Following a structured programme over 13 months, you’ll gain specialist technical skills that will form the foundations of your housekeeping career, as well as providing you with an understanding of the wider hospitality profession.
“The variety of work will inspire and challenge you, but we’ll be with you every step of the way. You’ll be assigned a mentor who will support you throughout your apprenticeship and will make sure you have opportunities to put your learning into practice.
“Through this combination of learning and practice, your confidence will grow. At the end of your apprenticeship, you’ll join our permanent team who deliver exceptional standards every day; making this the perfect place to start your career.”
Key requirements for the role include gaining a qualification in English and Maths.
However, the advert states the Royal household will support you to do this.
The advert says: “All apprenticeships require candidates to gain a qualification in English and Maths.
“If you are successful but don’t already have these qualifications to the required level, we will support you to gain them as part of your apprenticeship.”
Key traits in candidates include being “keen to take every opportunity to gain experience and build on your learning to become a housekeeping expert” and “a genuine interest in developing a career in the housekeeping and hospitality industry.”
The advert states: “What matters most is that you’ve a genuine interest in developing a career in the housekeeping and hospitality industry.
“You might have some relevant experience, but this isn’t important as we’ll give you all the training you need. We’re more interested in your commitment to learning new skills, proactive approach and willingness to tackle new challenges.
“Practically minded, with great attention to detail, you take pride in your work and always aim for the highest standards.
“You’ll enjoy working as part of a team and are happy to get involved in a range of tasks to support others.
“Well organised and with good time management skills, you can meet deadlines and work efficiently to get jobs done.”
You can apply for the current royal household roles at https://theroyalhousehold.tal.net/.