Position:
Apprentice Bricklayer (x4)
Employment Type:
Apprenticeship
Salary:
£148 per week
Location:
ST7 1NT
Closing Date:
30th April, 2018

Job Description

Do you want people to refer to you as a ‘brickie’? Do you like working outdoors? Do you want the sense of satisfaction that comes with constructing buildings from scratch? Well then, it sounds like you should become a bricklayer.

Bricklayers are responsible for building or repairing walls in accordance with construction plans. These dynamic construction workers also build or refurbish chimneys, arches and other structures. If you enter this profession, you might be working on construction projects of all sizes, ranging from small residential dwellings to large commercial properties.

These guys are usually employed by building contractors or sub-contractors and agencies engaged in infrastructure developments under the supervision of local authorities. A substantial majority of bricklayers are self-employed, offering their services to an established client base.

If you pull on a pair of boots, don a hard hat and get out on a busy construction site, you’ll ultimately be responsible for laying out the structural framework of buildings using bricks and mortar in accordance with approved construction plans.

You’ll be using a cement mixer to create mortar (the glue that holds bricks together), cutting and shaping bricks to fit corners, ceilings and floors, and then laying bricks in the right place.

You’ll need awesome attention to detail to make sure that the bricks are arranged in the right way. To make sure everything is accurate you’ll be using plumb lines and spirit levels to check that the bricks are aligned appropriately. In your professional life, you’ll be using a range of other specialist tools too, from hammers and trowels to state-of-the-art power tools.

Responsibilities

Bricklayers begin their projects by studying the plans and drawings for what they are about to build. They then calculate the needed materials, determine the best construction method and set a schedule for completion. They cut and prepare bricks, lay out patterns and foundations, mix and spread mortar, and lay the bricks. They make sure that structures are level, clean excess mortar with trowels, and clean and polish all new surfaces. Bricklayers have a higher rate of injury than average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Muscle strains are common, and other dangers include falls from scaffolds.

Personal Qualities

Good Work Ethic
Ability to work effectively as part of a team, driven by own initiative
Flexible, enthusiastic, ‘can-do’ approach to everyday work, open to change and new ideas
Willingness and desire to take responsibility and use own initiativeCommitment to own personal professional development 

Qualifications

– GCSE Maths and English A*- C or Functional Skills or equivalent; Preferred

Apprenticeship

Level 2 Bricklaying

*Please note that all applicants will need to successfully complete a work trial before being signed up on to the apprenticeship programme


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The company was founded by Adrian and his wife Jackie Lench in 1987, trading originally as a general builder and roofing contractor, employing gangs of bricklayers to undertake housing projects and building a workforce of circa 6 directs and 30 plus subcontractors. In 2009, Nigel Thomas joined the company having worked previously as a Commercial Manager at David McLean Homes Ltd, who unfortunately during the recession of 2008 fell short of the financial crisis and was forced into liquidation. Trading through some very testing years, we have built a strong and experienced workforce which boasts a direct workforce of over 40 employees and vetted, competent sub contractors. Training and development of Apprentices is one of our key aims in building a company with home grown talent with opportunities to progress in a forward thinking company. From the company starting in 1987 to present we have trained in excess of 60 apprentices in which many of them have evolved into roles within the company. Our current operations director Steve Tilstone was our first ever apprentice in 1987 and others have developed into contracts managers, site supervisors and other roles over the years. The process then starts again as Tom Lench has now taken over the role from Adrian as apprentice manager and his main focus is training and mentoring new apprentices to thrive in the industry. This process is what we believe to create the structure that enables us to maintain a successful business model.