Published: Jul 02, 2019
SJN are looking to employ a new bricklayer apprentice to join their team, currently working on a new build in Newton Ferrers.
The Apprentice’s Role
The apprentice will receive full training and support throughout their apprenticeship and be supervised at all times on the construction site.
Main duties will include:
Safe working practices
Setting out work areas
Understanding and Interpreting information
Preparing mortar by hand
Using specific tools required for tasks
Measuring materials and cutting
Keeping all work areas clean and tidy
Health and Safety
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. Attendance at Skills Group Training Centre one day per week will be required to undertake a Level 2 Trowel Occupation Diploma.
Working Hours: The apprentice will be working 9-5 which equates to 40 hours per week.
Wages: £156.00 per week, based on a 40 hour week. Any time worked over the 40 hours will be paid at National Minimum Wage for your 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 email@example.com or call us on 01752 332442.
SJN construction are a well established bricklaying company based in Plymouth, offering services throughout Devon and Cornwall. They undertake many aspects of Construction including groundworks, renovations, extensions, demolitions and new builds.
On completion of your level 2 apprenticeship with SJN Construction you will have the opportunity to progress onto the Level 3 in Bricklaying if you wish to do so.
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. Due to the nature and location of the job, you must be polite and mature and respectful of your surroundings.
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. Due to the nature and location of the job, you must be polite and mature and respectful of your surroundings.
Basic English and Maths.
The Apprenticeship in Trowel Occupations consists of:
•Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations
•Level 2 Diploma in Bricklaying
•Functional Skills in Maths and English (Level 1)
•Construction Skills Health, Safety and Environment test – CSCS Test
•Emergency First Aid
•Certified Health and Safety Course
•Internet Safety / Safeguarding
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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