Published: Apr 26, 2021
BJP Stonework and Building Ltd is looking for a bricklaying apprentice to join his team in Plympton, Plymouth.
The Apprentice’s Role
The right candidate will need to be physically fit for and have plenty of stamina for this demanding role, which will involve working indoors and outdoors. You will be required to carry out duties such as laying bricks, paving stones and blocks correctly, and checking alignments throughout each stage. You will be shown how to prepare and spread mortar using the correct ratio mixes.
You will learn how to use all the specialist hand tools, machinery and power tools associated with this role. You will need to show attention to detail when cutting and aligning brickwork and slabs. You will be shown how to use all the power tools and specialised cutting equipment safely and correctly by a qualified member of their team.
Throughout your training you will be supervised by a fully qualified member of the team, who will also make you aware of Health and Safety procedure in the work place, as well as ensuring that you clean and put away all specialised tools and equipment used throughout the day correctly. This is a very exciting, varied and demanding role for the right candidate to progress in this chosen trade.
Working Hours: Your normal working days will be Monday-Friday, times will be confirmed at interview, however these may change depending on site location.
Wages: £172.00 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.
Holidays: 28 days holiday entitlement (including bank holidays) will be paid each year, during the course of your apprenticeship.
BJP Stonework and Building Ltd are a Plymouth based sub-contractor, who have built their reputation on quality, trust and outstanding expertise.
They are looking to expand their workforce by hiring a new apprentice to join their hardworking team.
This employer has had a number of young people completing their work experience and is now looking to take on an apprentice to join his team on a more permanent basis.
After having completed the level 2 apprenticeship in bricklaying, you will have the opportunity to remain with the employer, or progress on to being self-employed and own your own small business.
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.
You will need to be physically fit and show a keen interest to progress for this demanding role.
The successful apprentice must be confident when working at heights, as this role will involve working on top of secured scaffolding and platform towers.
The successful apprentice will need to be motivated, hardworking and enjoy outdoor physical work to succeed. A high level of stamina is vital for this role as it is quite demanding.
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 your apprenticeship programme.
Qualifications required for this role include GCSE’s grades A*-E (9-4) 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.
I just wanted to say the biggest thank you to Vanessa, my trainer. You have made my journey so much easier, I don’t know what I would have done without you. You have been amazing and helped me to achieve my qualification. You’ve guided me through every step of the way, I really appreciate it, Vanessa, you have been my rock.
I always struggled in school as I wasn’t very academic, so knew learning on the job would be a better option for me. I would find it difficult to get up for 9am but now I wake up and look forward to my day. I wanted to try a hair apprenticeship as I’ve always been interested in hairdressing, and by the end of the first week, I already loved it!
I have developed a range of new skills through work including the technical, industry skills required for the job, to personal development such as ensuring I am always on time. The biggest change since leaving school is adjusting to the independence you gain from earning a salary. My advice to anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship would be find what you like doing, and go for it!
Since starting the apprenticeship, I’ve become far more confident. In a classroom, you only interact with your classmates, but through working you develop your people skills as you interact with customers on a daily basis. At school, you are closely monitored and parented, however I am now more independent and feel grown up
The most important thing I’ve learnt since leaving school is that there are other routes to success than just academia. I failed my GCSEs, as I never suited the school environment. Now though, I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship as I’ve discovered I learn more through hands-on practice.
I would just like to thank you and your team for all the amazing work they do, you have provided me with the most invaluable experience which has helped to pave the way of my future. The work you do for young people is incredible!