Published: Jun 21, 2017
REB Southwest, a local company based in Plymouth, requires a motivated and enthusiastic bricklaying apprentice to join their busy, experienced and friendly team.
The Apprentice’s Role
As part of your role, you will be erecting, maintaining and repairing masonry structures using specialist cutting tools. You will also be using a variety of specialist tools and equipment to lay bricks and spread and remove excess mortar. As part of your training you will need to observe work being carried out and replicate it to a high standard.
The successful apprentice must have a high level of stamina to be able to cope with the physical demands of the role as you will be working outdoors in all weather. You will be supervised by an experienced, fully qualified member of their team, who will guide you and assist you in all aspects of your on-site training. Another part of your duties will be to make sure that all tools and equipment used is cleaned and put away at the end of each day.
Whilst on-site, you will be required to meet a high level of health and safety when conducting the tasks that you carry out. You will also be required to use the necessary Personal Protective Equipment at all times while you are working on-site.
Working Hours: The hours will be Monday to Friday, 8am to 4.30pm. There will be an opportunity for overtime on Saturdays.
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.
REB Southwest were established in 1982, and have over 30 years of experience within the building industry. Their main focus is in groundwork and stone, masonry and bricklaying on commercial sites such as schools and hospitals.
They have supported several apprentices throughout their apprenticeships, many of which have progressed onto their level 3 qualifications. REB Southwest are a very supportive employer with a thorough understanding of what an apprenticeship entails and the work required, so are very committed to invest in another apprentice.
A recent piece of work undertaken by REB Southwest, was to carry out renovation work to a Grade I listed building at Royal William Yard in which they achieved a Royal Institute of British Architect Award. They pride themselves on producing the high standard of work which you would expect from a company with many years experience in the construction industry.
REB Southwest have supported over 22 apprentices throughout their learning, many of which have progressed onto their level 3 qualification. One previous apprentice finished his level 2 and 3 qualification and was able to set up his own independent company and is now employing his own apprentices.
At present, REB Southwest currently have two apprentices who have successfully completed their level 2 qualifications, both of which are now working towards their advanced level 3 qualification. REB Southwest would like to increase their workforce by recruiting the right apprentice to join their experienced team.
After successfully completing your level 2 qualifications in bricklaying, you will have the opportunity to progress onto an advanced level 3 apprenticeship. Having these additional skills, experience and knowledge at the end of your apprenticeship programme, will provide you with greater opportunities to further your career.
This is a great opportunity to work with an employer who promotes staff training and development with a view to full time employment on completion of your apprenticeship programme.
You will need to be focused, hardworking and efficient. You must show attention to detail and provide a quality finish on all the work that you undertake. You must have a high level of stamina to be able to cope with the physical demands of the role as you will be working outdoors in all weather.
The successful apprentice must have good hand-eye coordination skills, enjoy practical work and be able to lay bricks and blocks to design plans. Being able to use your own initiative is essential, as well as having good timekeeping and attendance.
The ideal apprentices will need to be motivated, enthusiastic, and show a desire to work and progress in this role. Due to the physical demands of the job role you do need to be reasonably fit, and some experience of the construction trade would be an advantage. You must also be confident at working at height, as you will be using scaffolding and platform towers.
You will also need to be reliable, punctual and trustworthy above all. Good communication is also very important to work well within an experienced team.
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:
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.