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Lack of Tools Provided

Post by Toysoldier78 » Wed, 15th Feb 2017, 4:22pm

I have been a Caretaker now for almost a year, and despite many requests, I'm still having to use my own general tools, this also includes cordless Screwdriver and jigsaw etc. Is this the norm?

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Re: Lack of Tools Provided

Post by Beartaker » Wed, 15th Feb 2017, 4:32pm

Definitely not for us here mate.

We use none of our own tools. We can order pretty much anything we need and it is never turned down or questioned even.

We are a MAT so we have to make sure everything is budgeted for very carefully. My BM is very good and very generous. But we try and save as much money as we can to be fair.

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Re: Lack of Tools Provided

Post by EBJ » Wed, 15th Feb 2017, 5:21pm

No its not the morm although a lot of caretakers prefer to use their own as they feel more comfortable with them, if the school want the job done they have to supply the equipment to do it, teachers do not bring in pens and pencils and paper and books to do their job its supplied to them, the kitchen staff do not bring in pots and pans and food to do their job and so neither should you the school should provide a basic need in tools to do the job also. :hatoff:
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Re: Lack of Tools Provided

Post by Skoolkeeper » Wed, 15th Feb 2017, 7:54pm

Sounds like a post from February 7th re Uniform, as said on that post apart from some drill bits and a tin of wd40 thats all I have ever had and every-job is done using my own tools, I do this for piece of mind , but i know its wrong, :coffee_break:

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Re: Lack of Tools Provided

Post by Nail » Wed, 15th Feb 2017, 9:23pm

You need to decide what way to go and it really does depend on your relationship with your school and staff.

If it was me, I would stop using my own tools and each task that needs a tool I would give the option of a contractor call out or a purchase of the appropriate tools.

I'm fortunate that I don't have this argument because they agree that buying is better than always hiring!

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Re: Lack of Tools Provided

Post by mapper » Wed, 15th Feb 2017, 9:50pm

I only ever use my own tools if its a specialist bit of kit that would be a one off. I needed to take off a big branch and it would have been a false economy to purchase a chainsaw for the school. I gladly offered use of my own, the wear and tear contribution by the school being a new chain.

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Re: Lack of Tools Provided

Post by Drone » Thu, 16th Feb 2017, 1:17am

Are you insured to use your own gear? Is any electrical equipment you use regularly PAT tested? I`d say you are at the top end of a slippery slope. It is up to the school to provide the tools you need. You would not, for instance , bring cleaning materials from home if you have a cleaning allocation. Nor would it be expected. Tools are no different.

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Re: Lack of Tools Provided

Post by JimBergerac » Thu, 16th Feb 2017, 6:47am

You need to sit down with the head or BM and say you are no longer using your own tools and they should be provided by the school. They are an investment and the tools belong to them but they are the tools needed to do your job. Duty of care comes to mind. :rolleyes:
If you feel uncomfortable about this then do this..............Take your tools home and say you have lent them to a family friend so when you are asked to do a job you can tell them you havent got any tools. :hatoff:

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Re: Lack of Tools Provided

Post by Bigbear69 » Thu, 16th Feb 2017, 7:33am

New budgets coming in April , ask them to factor in buying some new tools. Always get branded items they last longer. Ask them to set you up an account with Screwfix , Toolstation etc and put the school credit card details in. They can always keep an eye on it then and you can order things when you need them. It creates less paperwork and gives you a degree of budget control to advance your responsibilities.

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Re: Lack of Tools Provided

Post by keith239 » Thu, 16th Feb 2017, 8:07am

Never use my own...If I have not got the tools, I can`t do the job....simple as.

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