Now recruiting for school crossing patrols – we want you

Dudley Council is looking for friendly, enthusiastic people to join the school crossing patrol team.

They are currently looking to recruit in 12 locations across the borough and anyone interested is invited to get in touch to find out more. Informal chats are welcome to help people decide if it’s for them, and applications can be made on paper through the road safety team, as well as online through WM Jobs.

Mandy Kettley, school crossing patrol of 13 years said:

I like my job because I enjoy meeting people, meeting the children and crossing them over and seeing their smiling faces.

It’s a really satisfying job and we have a laugh, we want to come to work. I just love the job, absolutely love it.

Councillor Khurshid Ahmed, cabinet member responsible for road safety, said:

Our patrols do a really important job in helping to keep our children safe on the roads, and they quickly become a key part of their local community. Many of our patrols love the role so much that they’ve been with us for decades and have seen generations of the same family grow up and use the service.

We want more people to come forward and apply for these rewarding roles and the team is happy to talk through what the job involves and the different ways they can apply.”

All posts are permanent and start in early 2019. Shifts vary on different sites, posts are normally between 6 hours and 7 ½ hours a week, and cover is required during the morning and evening school runs. Shifts tend to run between 8 – 9.10am and 2.45 – 4pm. Posts are for term time only (39 weeks a year). The hourly rate for most candidates is around £8.55 per hour. Successful candidates will need to undergo a DBS check and health screening.

Posts are available in Stourbridge, Dudley, Halesowen, Quarry Bank, Kingswinford and Netherton. To find out more about them people can watch a short youtube video interview with two of the current patrols

Applications can be made online but the team is keen to talk to anyone interested in finding out more or wanting to know alternative ways of applying. For an informal chat or help with an application, call a school crossing patrol coordinator on 01384 815401

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