Published: May 04, 2021
JH Brickworks is looking for a bricklaying apprentice to join his expanding team in Plymouth.
The Apprentice’s Role
As part of your apprenticeship programme, you will learn to help make mixes, load out and help to lay bricks. You will be using a variety of specialist tools and equipment to lay bricks, spread and remove excess mortar. As part of your training you will need to observe work being carried out and replicate it to a high standard.
You will also be erecting, maintaining and repairing masonry structures using cutting tools, whilst maintaining a high level of health and safety when conducting the tasks that you carry out. You will be required to use the necessary personal protective equipment at all times while you are working on site. Part of your duties will also be to make sure that all tools and equipment used are cleaned and put away at the end of each day.
The successful apprentices must have good hand-eye coordination skills and will be taught to lay bricks and blocks to design plans. You will be supervised by an experienced, fully qualified member of their team, who will guide you and assist you in all aspects of your on-site training.
Working Hours: 40 hours per week over 5 days, plus travel time depending on the location of the site.
Wages: £172.00 per week, based on 40 hours per week.
Holiday: 28 days holiday entitlement (including bank holidays) will be paid each year, during the course of your apprenticeship.
JH Brickwork is owned by Jacob, who began his bricklaying career with Skills Group, and due to his hard work and determination has now set up his own small business.
JH Brickwork has taken on one apprentice in the past and is now looking to further expand his team with an additional apprentice.
After having completed your level 2 apprenticeship, you will have the opportunity to progress onto higher level qualifications or establish your own small business and train the next generation of young people.
The successful apprentice will need to be physically fit, with good coordination skills and a focused approach to the job in hand.
Excellent timekeeping and attendance are also desirable.
Stamina is also a vital factor in this role, as you will be required to work indoors and outdoors and you must also be able to work at height.
You must also have good communication skills as you will need to work as part of a team as well as on your own.
You will need to be keen, motivated and enjoy physical work. The successful candidate will need to be physically fit and highly motivated to carry out this exciting yet demanding role.
A keen interest in the construction industry is also essential, be willing to work in all kinds of weather and want to work hard to progress in your chosen career.
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!