Published: Sep 16, 2022
Roy and Laura Weeks Bricklaying are based in Saltash and are looking to take on an Apprentice Bricklayer. You will be working on construction projects in and around Devon and Cornwall. The apprentice will receive full training and support throughout their apprenticeship and be supervised at all times on the construction site.
The Apprentice’s Role
Throughout your apprenticeship you will be taught the skills and knowledge you need to know to successfully complete the qualification. The successful apprentice will be expected to learn all aspects of construction specifically focusing on bricklaying.
You will work as part of a very supportive team with extensive experience in the trade. You will learn all aspects of bricklaying how to use all the specialist hand tools associated with this role. You will learn everything from the principles of construction, communication, and health and safety, through to block laying and bricklaying, cavity walling, building masonry structures, and damp proofing. You will need to show attention to detail when cutting and aligning brickwork and slabs. You will be shown how to use all the power tools and specialised cutting equipment safely and correctly by a qualified member their team. Along with this, you will be preparing mortar by hand and by mixer and setting out work areas. You will work to a high level and to strict timescales while being supported at all times.
Working Hours: Monday to Friday, 34 hours a week. Hours are likely to vary.
Wages: £172.00 per week, based on a 34 hours 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.
Laura Weeks Bricklaying are a reputable, trust worthy and reliable company consisting of a small gang of builders who collectively have over 20+ years experience in the construction industry. They have worked on sites across Plymouth and surrounding areas and are currently working on the new Sherford development. Laura has a great team behind her and has always fully supported our Apprentices through to the completion of their training.
On completion of your level 2 apprenticeship with the company, you will have the opportunity to apply for a full time post or progress into self employment.
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 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.
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.
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!