Who are they and what do they do? The job of a caretaker is to carry out the tasks necessary to ensure proper use of a building, or buildings, he/she is charged with looking after.
What are the activities of the job? - He/she keeps the building and its surroundings clean and tidy - ensures the house rules or other regulations or conditions of the owner, housekeeper or keeper of the building are kept - s/he does particular jobs arising from these regulations and conditions - unlocks and locks the building in accordance with the house rules or other conditions - does simple maintenance of the building (for instance basic repairs, replastering, or painting, replaces locks and bolts, replaces glass panes, cleans blocked drains with a plunger, carries out simple replacement of sealing material etc.) - calls in expert workers to carry out more complex maintenance and repairs, takes over their work - looks after heating (e.g. by operating boilers) and handles fuels - checks suitability of lifts for use according to national standards - supervises proper use of the common rooms of the building (for instance the drying room, pram room, etc.) - sees to the payment of rents and other charges by users of the building - keeps necessary records.
Where is it done and under what conditions? He/she does the job inside and outside the building or buildings he/she looks after; sometimes he/she must visit various offices.. The work has to be carried out in all weathers.
What tools/equipment do they use? The tools of the job are cleaning aids and other basic tools.
What do you need to succeed? You need skill, ability to cope with basic technical and practical problems, certain organisational skills, ability to deal with people. Level of education is usually not important.