Published: Sep 16, 2022
R E B South West are looking for an enthusiastic apprentice to join their team in Plymouth.
The Apprentice’s Role:
As part of your role, you will be erecting, maintaining and repairing masonry structures using specialist cutting tools. You will also be using a variety of specialist tools and equipment to lay bricks and 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.
The successful apprentice must be able to cope with the physical demands of the role as you will be working outdoors in all weather. 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. Another part of your duties will be to make sure that all tools and equipment used is cleaned and put away at the end of each day.
Whilst on-site, you will be required to meet a high level of health and safety when conducting the tasks that you carry out. You will also be required to use the necessary Personal Protective Equipment at all times while you are working on-site.
Working Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm, 40 hrs per week.
Wages: £192.40 per week, based on a 40 hour week.
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.
REB Southwest were established in 1982, and have over 30 years of experience within the building industry. Their main focus is in groundwork and stone, masonry and bricklaying on commercial sites such as schools and hospitals.
They have supported many apprentices throughout their apprenticeships, many of which have progressed onto their level 3 qualifications. REB Southwest are a very supportive employer with a thorough understanding of what an apprenticeship entails and the work required, so are very committed to invest in another apprentice.
A recent piece of work undertaken by REB Southwest, was to carry out renovation work to a Grade I listed building at Royal William Yard in which they achieved a Royal Institute of British Architect Award. They pride themselves on producing the high standard of work which you would expect from a company with many years experience in the construction industry.
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.
The potential candidate will be hardworking and efficient, they will be able to cope with the physical demands of the role. Being able to use their own initiative is essential.
Potential candidates will need to be friendly, motivated and enthusiastic about bricklaying. They will need to be reliable and trustworthy.
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 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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