J & L Bricklaying

£140.00 per week


Bricklaying Apprentice
Published: Feb 09, 2018
Ref: JL864EH

This is an exciting opportunity for a bricklaying apprentice to join the small group of Bricklayers in the Plymouth area.

The Apprentice’s Role

The successful applicant will be working four days a week with the employer and having regular on site observations with an NVQ assessor to complete the NVQ part of the qualification. You must work hard whilst on site and follow Health and Safety regulations which includes wearing the correct PPE at all times ( this will be supplied by Skills Group or the employer). You may also have to complete functional skills if required during the Apprenticeship. Your main duties will be shadowing the employer to learn how to Brick lay and also including labouring duties and general maintenance work. This will include 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.

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

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 company consists of two bricklayers who work together to complete high quality on site work in Bricklaying, regularly working between Plymouth, Exeter and Cornwall. With over 15 years experience in the trade they would now like to pass the knowledge they have on to an Apprentice who is willing to work hard to complete the qualification.

Past Apprentice's

The employer has had an apprentice before but unfortunately the apprentice left to pursue a different career but had positive feedback regarding the employer and the time he spent with them.

The apprentice if successful will have the opportunity to progress on to the NVQ Level 3 in Trowel Occupation with the employer. The level 2 will last for 15 months and for the level 3 this will last for 12 months.

Skills Required

You will need good time management skills and excellent hands to eye coordination. A positive attitude towards the trade is required at all times.

Personal Qualities

The successful applicant will need to be reliable and hard working. You will need good time keeping skills with a willingness to learn the trade and enthusiasm towards bricklaying.

Prior Qualifications

The successful candidate will not need to have A-C grades in English or Maths but will be required to work towards the functional skills equivalent as part of the Apprenticeship framework if these grades are not obtained.

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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