Aaron Simpson

£140.00 per week


Bricklaying Apprentice
Published: Feb 04, 2018
Ref: AS306EH

Aaron Simpson is looking to take on a bricklaying apprentice to join his busy team working in Plymouth and surrounding areas.

The Apprentice’s Role

As an apprentice you will be expected to work long and busy hours on a large construction site.

You will learn and be expected to complete general labouring duties including tidying the work area, applying and sealing foundations with materials that are damp-resistant and spreading and removing excess mortar, checking brick alignments, applying bricks, blocks and pavers in lanes or decorate patterns or designs. In addition, you will be using brick-cutting machines to cut and shape bricks and building arches, brick structures and any additional tasks required.

Working Hours: The average working week will be 40 hours, Monday – Friday, 7.30am – 4pm. The working hours may vary depending on work load.

Wages: £140.00 per week, based on a 40 hour week. Any overtime above the 40 hours per week, will be paid at the appropriate national minimum wage depending on age.

Holiday: 28 days holiday entitlement, including bank holidays, will be paid each year, during the course of your apprenticeship.

Contact Details: If you have any queries please contact us on either this email address apprenticeships@skillsgroupuk.com or call us on 01752 332452.

The employer has been working in the trade for over 8 years and is now looking to take on an apprentice he can share his knowledge with. The employer is currently working at Sherford and the apprentice will need to be able to get to Plympton or to Sherford each day for work.

Past Apprentices

The employer has an apprentice currently and has had apprentices in the past. He understands the importance of teaching the apprentice and showing them how to correctly work in a site environment.

The successful applicant will progress on to the level 3 trowel occupation once completed the level 2 qualification, to further enhance your skills.

Skills Required

You will have good listening and communication skills to be considered for the role. You will be committed to completing the qualification and be willing to learn.

Personal Qualities

You will be hard working, reliable and enthusiastic. You will have a general interest in the construction trade and a team player.

Prior Qualifications

The successful candidate will not need to have A-C at GCSE in English and Maths but will need to work towards the functional skills equivalent during the qualification.

The Apprenticeship in Trowel Occupations consists of:

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations
  • Level 2 Diploma in Bricklaying
  • Functional Skills in Maths and English (Level 1)
  • Construction Skills Health, Safety and Environment test – CSCS Test
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Certified Health and Safety Course
  • Internet Safety / Safeguarding

As part of the apprenticeship programme, attendance is required at our Skills Group training centre for one day per week. All other aspects of the qualification will be delivered on-site by the employer. You will have regular visits every six to eight weeks from your designated Skills Group assessor, who will monitor your progress during your apprenticeship training.

Whilst at the Skills Group training centre, you will learn the necessary skills and gain experience to help you throughout your role. Part of your training will be knowledge and theory based, whilst the rest will be practical. You will develop your hand skills, carry out brick and block work, learn the correct use of specific tools, carry out pointing and learn mortar ratio mixes under the guidance of your assessor. Learning all these additional skills will benefit you on returning to the employer.

As an additional qualification you will also achieve your Emergency First Aid and Health and Safety Certificate, along with Internet Safety and Safeguarding.

As part of your apprenticeship Skills Group will also support you to complete your online CSCS test, which will enable you to apply for your CSCS Card. This shows that you are at the required competent level to carry out site work with the employer.

Once you have submitted this information a member of the recruitment team will be in touch to arrange your first interview with Skills Group. You do not need to apply for other vacancies at this stage, as you will be considered for all suitable vacancies.

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