Colin Merren

Colin Merren

£166.00 per week

Plymouth and Surrounding Areas

Carpentry Apprentice
Published: Jul 17, 2020
Ref: CM984SM

Colin Merren is looking for a Carpentry Apprentice to join his busy team in Plymouth.

The Apprentices Role

Candidates must be good team players with the motivation to succeed within a busy construction industry. The ideal candidate will be involved in a variety of duties such as building and constructing wooden frameworks and learn how to make stud walls, fit doors, skirting boards and make door frames to name a few.

As an apprentice you will be working in a very supportive close team. You will need to be able to understand instructions quickly and precisely and work to deadlines on all tasks. You will need to be physically strong in order to meet the demands of the role. Your duties and responsibilities will include the following:

•Your job will include working with large heavy materials and cutting them to certain specific shapes to design plans
•You will learn how to make stud wall fixings, stairwells and fitted furniture
•You will work with a variety of tools and equipment within this role including saws, power tools, hammers and shaping equipment
•You will be shown how to use all specialised tools and equipment correctly and safely, having a focused approach at all times

You will need to be able to work well within an experienced team, and work closely with other skilled tradesman, where you may have the opportunity to learn additional skills and gain further knowledge. You will be supervised by a qualified member of staff and as part of your duties you must follow Health and Safety procedures in the workplace at all times. You must wear the correct personal protection equipment whilst on site, and will be required to make sure that all tools and equipment used are put away correctly at the end of each day.

Working Hours: The working hours will be Monday to Friday, timings TBC.

Wages: £166.00 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.

Holiday: 28 days holiday entitlement (including bank holidays) will be paid each year, during the course of your apprenticeship.

Contact Details: If you have any queries please contact us on either this email address apprenticeships@skillsgroupuk.com or call us on 01752 686084.

Collin Merren Carpentry is based in Plymstock who work in surrounding areas. The employer has been working in the trade for a long time and would like to pass his knowledge onto an apprentice.

After completing a Level 2 in Site Carpentry there will be an opportunity to progress onto an advanced Level 3 qualification.

Skills Required

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.

Personal Qualities

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.

Prior Qualifications

Qualifications required for this role include GCSE’s grades A – E in Maths and English, or equivalent qualification

The Apprenticeship in Carpentry consists of:

Level 2 Carpentry & Joinery Standard (Site)
Construction Skills Health, Safety and Environment test – CSCS Test

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.

Katie Shorland, Level 2 Hairdressing

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!

Jaimee Benson, Level 2 Hairdressing

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!

Will Birch, Level 2 Bricklaying

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

Sam Collard, Level 2 Light Vehicle and Maintenance Repair

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.

Ben Freeman, Level 2 Carpentry

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!

Luke Kowalski, Teaching Assistant and former apprentice at Sir Robert Gefferys School