Published: Nov 30, 2021
Coughlan Brickworks are looking for Bricklaying apprentice to join their busy team based in Torquay.
The Apprentice’s Role
Throughout your apprenticeship you will be taught the skills and knowledge you need to know to successfully complete the qualification.
Work duties will include:
Working Hours: Normal working hours of Monday-Friday with times to be confirmed. However working times 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.
Coughlan Brickworks are a Torquay based company who have a broad knowledge and expertise in brickwork for both housing developments and commercial developments throughout the southwest region. They have over 20 years experience and specialise in brick, block, stonework and refurbishments. They work to the highest standards in the construction industry and have a strong commitment to customer satisfaction.
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.
You will need to be able to cope with the physical demands of the role. Good communication is required to work well within a small friendly team. You must always be on time and prompt with the work you carry out.
The successful candidate needs to have strong motivation to work hard and to a high standard to succeed in this role. You will need to be confident and outgoing as well as enthusiastic about the Construction Industry. In order to be successful you will will be physically fit due to the nature of the role.
The ideal candidate should be eager and keen to succeed within this industry.
No formal qualifications are required for the position, however a keen interest in construction and willingness to succeed are essential.
This Apprenticeship in Bricklaying includes:
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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