Published: Aug 06, 2020
T Colwill Brickwork is looking to take on an Apprentice Bricklayer to work on construction projects in and around Plymouth. The apprentice will receive full training and support throughout their apprenticeship and be supervised at all times on the construction site.
The Apprentice’s Role:
As part of your apprenticeship, you will work closely with the employer to gain all the necessary skills and attributes to be able to complete all aspects of bricklaying.
Work duties will include, but not limited to, labouring, 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, adhering to safe working practices and manual lifting.
Working Hours: Normal working hours of Monday-Friday with times to be confirmed. However working times may change depending on site location.
Wages: £172.00 per week, based on a 40 hour 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.
T Colwill Brickwork is a bricklaying company based in Plymouth.
On completion of your level 2 apprenticeship with the company, an opportunity for full time employment will be available for the right candidate.
Good practical skills, passionate about construction, ability to work in an accurate and organised manner, awareness of Health and Safety, ability to work as part of a team and a good level of fitness.
The apprentice must be reliable and motivated to work within the construction sector and undertake national recognised qualifications. Good communication skills and able to work as part of a team and take instructions. Good time-keeping as construction workers are on site early in the morning. Physically fit with a high level of stamina.
Qualifications required for this role include GCSE's grades A* – E in Maths and English, or equivalent qualifications.
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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