Martin and Phillips Building Services Ltd

Martin and Phillips Building Services Ltd

£166.00 per week

Exeter and Surrounding Areas

Bricklaying Apprentice
Published: Jul 16, 2020
Ref: MP234SM

Martin and Phillips Building Services Ltd are looking for a Bricklaying Apprentice to join their busy team in Exeter.

The Apprentice’s Role:

Martin and Phillips Building Services Ltd work on a variety of projects including, new build properties, extensions, hospitals, schools and office. This is just a few of the vast array of projects they are involved with. Main duties will include applying and sealing foundations with materials that are damp-resistant. You will be spreading and removing excess mortar, inspecting vertical and horizontal brick alignment. Along with this, you will be applying bricks, blocks and pavers in lines or following decorative patterns or designs, clearing up work space after each day and cleaning tools.

You will be working alongside other builders so will also pick up experience in other home improvement activities that are carried out. 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.

Working Hours: 40 hours per week Monday to Friday, exact timings will vary due to workload and travel time.

Wages: £166.00 per week based on 40 hours, any additional hours worked over the 40 hours per week, will be paid at the appropriate national minimum wage.

Holiday: You will be entitled to 28 days holiday, including bank holidays, will be paid each year, during the course of your apprenticeship.

Contact Details: If you have any queries please contact us on either this email address apprenticeships@skillsgroupuk.com or call us on 01752 686220.

Adam and Dave are both qualified bricklayers and have been in the trade for more than 16 years each and have grown a great company that has high standards and a good quality standard of workmanship. They work on a variety of projects including, new build properties, extensions, hospitals, schools and office. This is just a few of the vast array of projects they are involved with. 

Past Apprentices

The company have had 2 apprentices in the past that have qualified and are now sub-contractors the company. Adam and Dave are now looking to expand the workforce again. 

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 candidate.

Skills Required

The ideal candidate should be eager and keen to succeed within the construction industry. 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.

Personal Qualities

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.

A good head for heights would be desirable as you will be working at heights on scaffolding and platform towers, both indoors and outdoors.

Prior Qualifications

Qualifications required for this role include GCSE's grades A* – E in Maths and English, or equivalent qualifications.

The Apprenticeship in Bricklaying consists of:

Level 2 Bricklayer Standard
Construction Skills Health, Safety and Environment test – CSCS Test

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 6 to 12 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.

Katie Shorland, Level 2 Hairdressing

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!

Jaimee Benson, Level 2 Hairdressing

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!

Will Birch, Level 2 Bricklaying

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

Sam Collard, Level 2 Light Vehicle and Maintenance Repair

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.

Ben Freeman, Level 2 Carpentry

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!

Luke Kowalski, Teaching Assistant and former apprentice at Sir Robert Gefferys School