Published: Sep 16, 2022
Ben Sleep is looking for a respectful bricklaying apprentice to join him on various sites around Launceston.
The Apprentices Role
You will need to be physically fit for and have plenty of stamina for this role, which will involve working indoors and outdoors mainly on new building developments in Launceston. You will be required to carry out duties such as laying bricks, paving stones, checking alignments throughout each stage but you will also learn how to work with timber frames and block brickwork.
As an apprentice, you will learn how to use hand tools, machinery and power tools associated with bricklaying. In this particular role, you will need to show attention to detail when cutting and aligning brickwork and slabs, and be prepared to do some labouring to assist Ben whilst on site. He is looking for an apprentice who is quiet but can keep up with the banter that will be on site. You will be working on a 1-1 basis with Ben and so he is looking for someone who will fit well within his company. English and Maths are not essential, but time keeping, and a hard working attitude is key for this role.
Throughout your training, you will be supervised by Jordan and he will support you on a 1-1 basis whilst you move closer to end point assessment.
Working Hours: The working hours will be Monday to Friday, timings TBC, depending on location.
Wages: £192.40 per week, based on a 40 hour week. Any overtime above 40 hours per week, will be paid at the appropriate national minimum wage depending on age.
Ben Sleep Bricklaying is a small gang who work predominantly on new build sites around Launceston and other areas around Cornwall. Ben has taken apprentice with Skills Group in the past and has a passion for passing on his knowledge and skills to more apprentices.
On completion of your Level 2 apprenticeship with Ben, you will have the opportunity to go self employed.
The successful candidate will need to be motivated, hardworking and enjoy outdoor physical work to succeed, so stamina is vital for this role as it is quite demanding.
You need to have good hand eye coordination skills and show a focused approach to the job in hand, with an eye for detail and quality finish.
Excellent time keeping and attendance are also desirable, with good communication skills to work well within a team.
The ideal candidate will need to be physically fit and show a keen interest to progress for this demanding role.
You must be confident when working at heights, as this role will involve working on top of secured scaffolding and platform towers.
You will need to show the enthusiasm and willingness to learn and develop your skills, with the aim to secure full time employment and be fully qualified at the end of you apprenticeship programme.
Qualifications required for this role include GCSE’s grades A – E (9-2) in Maths and English, or equivalent qualification.
The Apprenticeship in Bricklaying 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.
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