Published: Jun 22, 2017
An exciting opportunity has become available for an apprentice in Trowel Occupation to work with Steve Hoskin Construction Ltd, the largest privately owned groundwork’s company in the Cornwall and Devon region.
The Apprentice’s Role
The successful candidate will be measuring the work area and setting out the first rows of bricks (courses) and the damp course. You will learn how to mix mortar by hand or with a mechanical mixer and be involved in laying the bricks and applying the mortar with a trowel.
You will be shaping and trimming bricks using hammers, chisels and power tools, checking that courses are straight using spirit levels and plumb lines. You will work on a particular section of a building alongside other bricklayers on larger jobs.
Working Hours: The average working week will be 40 hours, 8am – 4pm, Monday – Friday. The working hours may vary depending on work load.
Wages: £140.00 per week. There is a bonus scheme every 6 months and this will be reviewed with the learner. 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.
Established in 1995 as Steve Hoskin Construction Ltd, SHC continues a family business that was initially established in the mid 70’s.
Today it is one of the largest ground works companies in the South West employing in the region of 300 employees to provide the foundations for the region’s premier builders to build upon.
Delivering small and large infrastructure and ground works projects for local and national house builders, they are able to bring highly experienced teams to every project. For every project they utilise the most suitable, well maintained plant and equipment to ensure that their performance is always consistent and professional.
The company is looking to form a nucleus of employed bricklayers. These bricklayers will work on SHC sites under the supervision of SHC Supervisors and carry out bricklayer / blocklayer duties on its numerous sites. This opportunity would be great for apprentices who would like to learn bricklaying but also learn Groundworks.
Steve Hoskin Construction has recently put all existing staff through the Upskilling Programme at Skills Group to make sure that all staff has a recognized qualification. All groundworks are currently completing the NVQ Level 2 in Construction Operations and all supervisors are completing the NVQ Level 3 in Occupational Work Supervision.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to progress on to NVQ Level 3 in Trowel Occupation with Steve Hoskin Construction or possible Groundworks. This will be discussed during the Level 2 qualification but the successful candidate must show a willingness to want to work with Steve Hoskin Construction long term.
The successful candidate will have good hand to eye coordination. You will possess good people skills and be a good listener. As an apprentice, you will have the desire to make bricklaying or groundwork's a career.
The ideal candidate will have the ability to work hard, show initiative and be reliable. You will be hard working, flexible and have a good sense of humour.
The successful candidate does not need to have A-C grades in English or Maths but will be required to work towards functional skills in both subjects alongside the apprenticeship.
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 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.