Bricklaying Level 2 Apprenticeship at Yarlington Housing Group

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Bricklaying Level 2 Apprenticeship

We want to recruit people who share our passion in making a difference to the lives of our customers and our local communities. In return we will invest in you to help develop your career in a great environment that offers flexibility, collaboration and excellent rewards and benefits. 

So, we are looking for an Apprentice to work within our private works team. This is a small team with big aspirations to grow our private sales offer.

Duties Include:

  • Focusing on extensions, property refurbishments and delivering adaptations to enable people to live longer and more comfortably in their homes you will be part of the project from start to finish
  • No day will be the same, you will have the opportunity to continually develop your skills and industry knowledge, working on different projects with a multi skilled team who will support and guide you through your apprenticeship.

About the role:

  • You will learn the relevant aspects of bricklaying and masonry works within our private works team
  • You will learn and undertake tasks as directed by your Supervisor with an emphasis on customer satisfaction, high standards and quality
  • You will learn and develop your knowledge and competence in your chosen trade
  • You will learn and demonstrate an understanding of health and safety requirements, other relevant legislation and Codes of Practice
  • You will provide brilliant customer service to our customers
  • You will live the Yarlington Values in everything that you do
  • You will attend college and complete all course work on time and to a high standard

As part of the Yarlington apprenticeship programme, you will have a welcoming and supportive team around you to ensure your apprenticeship is a success. This includes a dedicated mentor who will work alongside you to show you everything there is about working as a Trades Operative at Yarlington, a Supervisor who will prioritise your health and safety and work requirements and a Talent Lead who will oversee your progress and regularly review this with you to ensure you are making the most of your apprenticeship.

Your base will be Yeovil, however you will also work within a team that maintain our properties within the surrounding areas too.

The length of this apprenticeship programme is 2 years.

Training to be provided

  • Yeovil College and the employer will work in partnership to deliver the Bricklayer Standard Level 2 apprenticeship
  • Functional Skills in English and maths if required

Apprentices will learn the following:

Knowledge

Health and safety: Health and safety hazards, current regulations and legislation including COSHH/risk assessments and understanding the importance of method statements. Codes of practice and safe working practices, including asbestos awareness and correct use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Customer service: The principles of high quality customer service. Establishing the needs of others (colleagues, customers and other stakeholders). Respect the working environment including customers’ properties, impact on other trades and the project. Gaining and keeping a valued reputation in industry with clients, colleagues and industry representatives such as suppliers and manufacturers.

Communication: Different communication methods. How to communicate in a clear, articulate and appropriate manner. How to adapt communication style to different situations.

Buildings: Different eras, types of construction methods, insulation considerations, sustainability, facilities management, fire, moisture and air protection. Fireplaces and chimneys. Damp proof courses and the use of brick ties. An awareness of the location of trees and services, and their impact on foundation types.

Energy efficiency: The importance and considerations of thermal qualities, airtightness and ventilation to buildings.

Materials: Types of materials, their uses and their value. Types of bonds and their uses. Concrete and drainage. Cost awareness and environmental considerations/waste awareness e.g. surface water management and recycling.

Alternative construction techniques: Modern methods of construction, rapid build technology, alternative block, masonry, steel and timber based cladding systems.

Radial and battered brickwork: Set out and build brickwork, including complex arches and surrounding brickwork, curved on plan, concave and convex brickwork and battered brickwork.

Feature and reinforced brickwork: Set out and build brickwork, including complex decorative features, obtuse/acute angle quoins and reinforced brickwork

Fireplaces and chimneys: Select materials and resources required to set out and build fireplaces and chimneys using materials such as hearths, plinths, flue liners, chimney pots and other modern methods. 

Skills

Preparation of materials: Determine quality and quantities of building material including mix ratios of mortar and concrete. Areas and volumes of materials and resources

Safe working: Adhere to relevant health and safety legislation, codes of practice and apply safe working practices, including when working at heights. Safe use of ‘disc cutters’ and power cutters.

Working area: Select appropriate tools, equipment and materials (eg trowel, levels, brick ties, DPC, insulation, mixers, lintels etc) for use when setting out and erecting masonry walling . Maintain a clean working environment.

Masonry structures: Interpret drawings and specifications. Measure the work area and set out level first courses of bricks to a plan, including bonds for openings and the damp course. Mix mortar by hand or with a mechanical mixer. Lay bricks to set dimensions and apply mortar with a trowel to completion. Shape and trim bricks/blocks using hammers, chisels and power tools. Use of laser levels, spirit levels, optical levels and string lines to check that courses are straight, horizontally and vertically, and laid to a gauge. Ensure thermal qualities, airtightness and ventilation are maintained. Remove waste materials. Repair and renew masonry structures.

Radial and battered brickwork: Set out and build brickwork, including simple arches and surrounding brickwork.

Feature and reinforced brickwork: Set out and build brickwork, including common decorative features such as oversailing courses and simple corbels.

Other brickwork: Block laying. Cavity walling to include openings, brick inspection chambers, joint finishes, set out a square, set out to a gauge rod and/or profiles.

Building technology: Select materials and resources to be able to set out and lay concrete, drainage and other substructure materials.

Behaviours

Positive and mature attitude: Conscientious, punctual, enthusiastic, reliable and professional including appearance. Take responsibility for personal judgements and actions. Be aware of the limits of personal competence. Show drive and energy in fulfilling requirements of role, including deadlines and being proactive not reactive. Show honesty and integrity by developing the trust of customers and colleagues and undertaking responsibilities in an ethical and empathetic manner. Demonstrate awareness of equality and diversity in all aspects of role.

Quality focused: Be reliable, productive, efficient and quality focussed in work and in personal standards to current industrial standards. Awareness and consideration of other trades eg build walls in a way that allows for pipes and electrical wiring. Keep work area clean and tidy. Provide good customer service. Give consideration to the appropriate use of resources and personal actions in regards to environmental, social and economic factors and their impacts.

Effective communication: Oral (including listening), written, body language and presentation. Collaborate with others, eg colleagues, clients, architects, contract managers, other trades, clients, suppliers and the public regardless of differences in race, gender, sexual orientation, or other characteristics.

Self-motivated learner: Identify personal development needs and take action to meet those needs. Keep up-to-date with best practice and new technology. Show initiative to independently complete work and solve problems by seeking out critical information.

Desired skills

You will have/be:

  • A desire to learn
  • Exceptional communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Confident with a polite manner
  • Professional attitude and behaviour
  • Brilliant customer care
  • Good IT / computer skills
  • Able to work using own initiative
  • A team player with a willingness to try new tasks
  • Driving licence or willingness to learn as you will be required to travel to different sites

Personal qualities

You will be:

  • Punctual
  • Self Motivated
  • Proactive
  • Confident
  • Well presented
  • Work to deadlines
  • Empathetic
  • Conscientious
  • Flexible
  • Respectful of others
  • Trustworthy
  • Honest

Desired qualifications

GCSE English and maths grade A* - C (9 - 4) or other equivalent qualification.

(Applicants without the required level of English and Maths will be required to undertake and achieve a relevant Functional Skills qualification as part of the apprenticeship programme.)

Future prospects

Upon successful completion of your apprenticeship, you will be in a great position to be considered for a permanent role within the Company in one of our specialised trade teams.

Things to consider

  • Before your application is sent to Yarlington Housing Group, you will be required to undertake a video/telephone interview with Yeovil College during the week beginning 10th August
  • Yarlington's Apprenticeship Shortlisting interviews and selection will take place during the week commencing 17th August or 31st August
  • All successful applicants will be required to complete online initial assessments in English & maths (regardless of their prior qualification level) prior to the apprenticeship starting
  • Please note that the advertised start date is provisional and will be confirmed upon appointment

About Yarlington Housing Group

In November 2019, Radian Group and Yarlington Housing Group announced a new partnership which now sees us serve 79,000 customers across the south from Devon to Windsor.

Our new organisation has a portfolio of over 38,000 homes, supported by over 1,350 colleagues. Together, we’re committed to investing in local communities to make them stronger whilst helping to provide homes to those that really need them.

We recognise the importance of continuing to develop our products and services to meet the changing needs of our customers and empower our colleagues to support customers in realising their aspirations.

We want to recruit people who share our passion in making a difference to the lives of our customers and our local communities. In return we will invest in you to help develop your career in a great environment that offers flexibility, collaboration and excellent rewards and benefits.

We live by a set of shared values that underpin our open and honest working culture but also demonstrates our commitment to our customers, our stakeholders and our colleagues.

So, if we’re what you’re looking for, start your next chapter with us…

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