Published: Sep 01, 2020
Oltco is expanding their company and would like a hardworking apprentice to join their Groundworks team in Plymouth.
The Apprentice’s Role
The successful candidates will gain experience within a construction site environment, as a Ground worker. Performing duties such as excavations, site waste removals, foundations, engineering works, drainage, external finishing, top soil, landscaping, tarmac, kerbing, paving, concreting works, placing internal drainage and connecting external drainage. Foul and storm drainage including manholes varying in size from concrete. This role will also include general site labouring duties as required during the working day. The ideal candidate will have some knowledge of the construction environment, ideally within Groundworks or general labouring but its not essential.
As the Groundworker / Resin Bound apprentice for Oltco Plymouth, you will play an integral part in the preparation works and installation of resin surfaces.
This involves carrying out the groundworks required to ensure the surfaces are suitable for the resin installation. Once groundworks have been completed, you will work with the team to complete the resin installation in both the mixer and troweller role. You will be reporting to your line manager, Ben Ure and working closely alongside him on a day to day basis.
Your responsibilities include: Digging out an area to the correct depth, Installing edgings, Installing drainage, Installing base layer / concrete, Mixing and trowelling the resin, Mixing and trowelling concrete, Ensuring the workspace is always clean and tidy, Discussing requirements with the customers, Planning access for customers and the team
Working Hours: Your working hours will be Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm.
Wages: £172.00 per week with added incentives for overtime. Any overtime above 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.
Contact Details: If you have any queries please contact us on either this email address firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01752 332442.
Originally established in Cornwall as a family business, the Oltco story began in 2004, selling and installing non-slip solutions for homes and businesses. Fast forward 15 years, today Oltco is the UK’s leading supplier and installer of resin solutions.
We operate on a national scale, helping clients up and down the country transform spaces. However, we stay true to our roots and Oltco’s HQ can still be found in our hometown of Newquay, Cornwall.
On completion of your Level 2 apprenticeship with the company, the right candidate may have the opportunity to progress within the company.
The potential apprentice will be keen and motivated, professional and hardworking is also a must.
You must be friendly and hardworking as well as be able to take direction well, you must also have excellent communication skills and be focused at all times.
GCSE English and Maths at C or above would preferable but not necessary.
The Apprenticeship in Groundworks consists of:
Level 2 Ground Worker 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 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 work with the employer.
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