Published: Nov 23, 2022
Daryl Searle Bricklaying is based in Plymouth and surrounding areas and are looking to take on an apprentice bricklayer to join his construction team. The successful candidate will be working with a small team on a range of housing and construction projects throughout the South West.
The Apprentice’s Role
Duties will include:
You must comply with the health and safety regulations and work alongside other builders so will also have the opportunity to pick up skills and expertise in other home improvement activities.
Working Hours: 40 hours per week, Monday-Friday with times to be confirmed. However working times may change depending on site location.
Wages: £192.40 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.
Daryl Searle Bricklaying is based in Plymouth and surrounding areas, and works with a small team on a range of housing and construction projects throughout the South West.
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.
The right candidate must take pride in their work and show attention to detail. You must have excellent communication skills to work well within a team and use your initiative when working alone. Good time keeping and attendance are also desirable.
You must be able to work well within a team and by yourself, and have a good level of fitness, as this role can be demanding at times. Good hand eye coordination and attention to detail would also be an advantage to the right candidate.
The successful apprentice will need to be keen to succeed, reliable, hardworking and have the ability to cope with the physical demands of the role.
You will need to be focused and committed to take on this exciting position. Hard working, attention to detail and take pride in your work are all also essential.
Qualifications required for this role include GCSE’s grades A*-E (9-4) in Maths and English, or equivalent qualification.
Things to consider
Due to the nature of the work, a CSCS card is required to be able to get onto the building site, training on this will be given if you pass the interview stage with Skills Group.
This Apprenticeship 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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