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Security Attendant / Porter

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€18k > 31
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€18 - 31
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Last Updated: March, 2017

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Porters/security attendants work in offices and some private apartment blocks. They have a range of duties related to the maintenance and security of the building.

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Porters/security attendants have a number of duties connected with the maintenance and security of buildings, such as offices, and some private apartment blocks.  
Security is an important part of the work. Porters are often based in offices or at desks close to a building's main entrance. They monitor visitors and may be responsible for checking entrance passes. Some porters keep and issue keys. Most porters patrol the site, making sure that the building, equipment and grounds are secure. They may have to open and lock gates, doors and barriers. Security duties also involve looking after fire fighting and other safety equipment.  
Portering services often include general caretaking work. Porters supervise the operation of heating systems and carry out general maintenance jobs. Most porters have some cleaning duties. This can involve using heavy electrical cleaning and polishing machines. Collecting and disposing of refuse is also usually part of the work.  
When there are deliveries to the building, porters check in and sign for goods, and move items to the appropriate place. Porters also move furniture as required, set up rooms for meetings or other functions, and erect and take down equipment.

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You need to be mature and trustworthy. You should be reliable with a conscientious attitude to security and safety. This work suits those with practical ability. Good hand skills are needed for using tools and equipment.  
Lifting and carrying is involved so you need to be fit and active. You should also be prepared to spend long periods on your feet.  
It is important for you to be able to work without close supervision. You may spend quite a lot of your time alone, especially on night shift. You should also like working with people. A polite and friendly personality is helpful.  
You also need an enquiring mind and an ability to pay attention to detail.  
Porters need to be flexible and enjoy doing a variety of jobs. The ability to drive may be needed for some jobs.

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Organisation: Private Security Authority
Address: Davis Street, Tipperary Town
Tel: 062 31588
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Organisation: Irish Security Industry Association (ISIA)
Address: Security Centre, Unit 1A, IDA Industrial Estate, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
Tel: (01) 690 5736
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Organisation: Security Institute of Ireland
Address: Unit W9G, Ladytown Business Park, Naas Co Kildare
Tel: (045) 409 222
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Organisation: Irish Security Industry Training (ISIT)
Address: ISIT Skillnet, Security Centre, Unit 1, IDA Industrial Estate, Balbriggan, Co.Dublin
Tel: (01) 690 5738
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Organisation: National Employment Rights Authority
Address: Information Services, Government Buildings, O'Brien Road, Carlow
Tel: (059) 917 8990 Locall: 1890 80 80 90
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