Published: Mar 07, 2023
Mark Benson is looking for a bricklaying apprentice to join his family business and work on construction projects in and around Plymouth. Mark has three sons, all of which are currently working for the family business. The apprentice will receive full training and support throughout their apprenticeship and be supervised at all times.
Mark is happy to pick the apprentice up from Fore Street, Saltash each morning on his way to work.
The Apprentice’s Role:
The apprentice will be supervised at all times working closely with the employer to learn all aspects of bricklaying.
Work duties will include:
Working Hours: Normal working hours of Monday to 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. From 1st April 2023, the national minimum wage will increase and you will be earning £211.20 per 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.
Mark Benson is an experienced tradesman, who has been working in Plymouth and surrounding areas for a number of years. Providing a high level of service to his customers throughout, Mark predominately works on large building sites.
On completion of your level 2 apprenticeship, an opportunity to apply for a full time post may be offered to the right learner. Alternatively, you could go on to complete your level 3 in bricklaying, or, go on to be self-employed and start your own company.
No formal qualifications are required for the position, however a keen interest in construction and willingness to succeed are essential.
The 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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