Published: Nov 30, 2021
Chestnut Carpentry and Building Services is looking for a carpentry apprentice to join their hardworking team in Plymouth.
The Apprentice’s Role
As a carpentry apprentice you will learn all aspects of carpentry and joinery as well as building and construction work, you will be expected to learn how to measure, cut and build using materials. You will be working with wood on a day to day basis and must be precise with all of your work.
You will be need to be willing to learn and take direction well and you must have good attention to detail. The successful apprentice will learn other aspects of the building and construction trade to enhance and develop your knowledge. The successful candidate will learn all aspects of carpentry within commercial and residential environments, whilst working towards achieving their level 2 apprenticeship.
Working Hours: The working hours will be around 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday, hours may vary slightly depending on workload and travel time.
Wages: £172.00 per 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
At Chestnut Carpentry they pride themselves on being proactive, reliable and having a positive attitude, this has enabled them to work on high spec renovations across the South West.
They are a reliable, respectable business, continuously supporting its team with appropriate training to carry out safe practices on site. They are also committed to supporting education and already have an apprentice on board, which they will be progressing onto a Level 3 NVQ.
They have a highly skilled team of professional carpenters who produce very high standards of workmanship whilst meeting production requirements and delivering quality and cover all Devon and Cornwall.
Yes, they have one apprentice who is progressing onto their level 3 in Carpentry & Joinery.
On completion of your level 2 apprenticeship with the company, an opportunity to apply for a full time post may be offered to the right learner.
The successful candidate will be keen to succeed, reliable and hardworking. You will have the ability to cope with the physical demands of the role and be able to use your own initiative.
You will have good communications skills and be able to work as part of a team and take instructions.
Potential candidates will need to be punctual, with good time keeping skills and confidence. You will also need to be able to adapt to different situations and have a willingness to learn. You must be reliable and motivated with a good work ethic.
No formal qualifications are required for the position, however a keen interest in construction and willingness to succeed are essential.
The Apprenticeship in Carpentry 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.
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!