Elmes Construction

£140.00 per week


Bricklaying Apprentice
Published: Feb 06, 2018
Ref: ED91JD

A small, local construction business with over 40 years worth of experience, is looking for an apprentice bricklayer to join their busy team. Work will be predominantly in and around Plymouth.

The Apprentice’s Role

You will be fully supported throughout your apprenticeship programme by a qualified bricklayer. You will be taught the skills and knowledge you need to know to successfully complete your apprenticeship programme.

As an apprentice with Elmes Construction you will be expected to conduct a variety of roles including brick and block work.

You will be working on extensions, new builds and renovation work. You will learn how to prepare foundations to specific designs and in accordance with construction regulations, how to mix cement and mortar and how to lay bricks and blocks. You will always work alongside a colleague to ensure a high quality of work. You will also learn how to cut and shape bricks to specific shapes to fit properties.

Working Hours: The working hours will be 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday, 8am to 4:30pm.

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.

Peter Elmes completed his apprenticeship over 40 years ago and has since become a master builder, Peter has taught bricklaying within colleges and schools as well as within the workplace to his own apprentices. Peter prides himself in using sustainable building solutions with each of his projects.

Past Apprentices

Peter has supported over 30 apprentices throughout his career, many of which have progressed onto their advanced level 3 qualification. Some of his former apprentices have also successfully started their own business within the construction trade and been able to recruit their own apprentices.

After completing a level 2 apprenticeship framework qualification, you will progress onto an advanced level 3 qualification and potentially gain full-time employment with the company.

Skills Required

You will need to have excellent hand-eye coordination, be punctual at all times and have a willingness to succeed within the construction industry. You will need to be a great team player and work well within a small team.

Personal Qualities

You will need to be trustworthy at all times with a good sense of humour, you must be proactive in your approach to construction work and be able to use your own initiative. You must be friendly and approachable due to working in clients homes.

Prior Qualifications

Qualifications required for this role include GCSE’s grades A-E in Maths and English, or equivalent qualifications.

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 certified Health and Safety Certificates, 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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