Apprentice Stonemason

Kirkman Construction

Penrith, CA11 9GR

Closes in 23 days (Sunday 11 August at 11:59pm)

Posted on 10 July 2024


Summary

This is an excellent opportunity for an apprentice stonemason to join our friendly team working on varied building and landscaping projects across Cumbria (and occasionally further afield). You will develop the ability to produce a consistently high standard of work, with attention to detail and a right first-time approach.

Annual wage
£14,650 a year

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The pay may be negotiated and may rise after a probation period has been successfully completed.

Training course
Stonemason (level 2)
Hours
Basic week of 08:00 - 16:30 on site, Monday - Friday, though this can vary when necessary. Overtime when necessary (Age 18+ only).

40 hours a week

Possible start date

Monday 16 September

Duration

2 Years

Positions available

1

Work

As an apprentice, you’ll work at a company and get hands-on experience. You’ll gain new skills and work alongside experienced staff.

What you’ll do at work

  • You will work towards the Level 2 Stonemason Apprenticeship Standard qualification with on the job training within the business and block release to York College
  • If you do not have GCSE (or equivalent) English and maths at Grade 3/D or above you will be required to work towards Functional Skills in these subjects

Where you’ll work

4 Mason Court

Gillan Way

Penrith 40 Business Park

Penrith

CA11 9GR

Training

An apprenticeship includes regular training with a college or other training organisation. At least 20% of your working hours will be spent training or studying.

College or training organisation

YORK COLLEGE

Your training course

Stonemason (level 2)

Equal to GCSE

Course contents
  • Core - Carry out safe stonemasonry working practices, comply with health, safety and welfare legislation, conduct risk assessments; Report any workplace hazards, incidents, near misses, accidents or emergencies.
  • Core - Apply all safeguards and complete pre-use checks when using tools.
  • Core - Select and use the appropriate tools, components and equipment; Repair and maintain tools, components and equipment.
  • Core - Plan the sequence of stonemasonry work required; Ensure work is completed safely within the allocated time and budget and report any situations which affect the work schedule.
  • Core - Select the required type and quantity of materials, move, handle and store safely.
  • Core - Set out and work stone to receive enrichments such as flat, moulded, straight and curved, internal and external mitres, stop ends and returned ends.
  • Banker Stonemason - Produce enrichments for example repeated enrichment (egg and dart, or tongue and dart, or bead and reel), v-cut carving, high relief carving or low relief carving.
  • Core - Position and secure the stones in the required locations and identify bedding planes to suit the use of the stone component; When securing stone, ensure correct measurement, marking out, shape, level, fit, finish and position.
  • Core - Comply with specific organisational and manufacturer's quality standards as required by the job specification and report any variation in quality, implementing agreed corrective actions where required.
  • Core - Clean and tidy work area when work is finished; Store, transport and dispose of masonry waste; Reduce, reuse or recycle waste produced; Use work practices and resources which will contribute to zero/low carbon outcomes
  • Core - Communicate with colleagues/customers; use industry terminology.
  • Core - Ensure the products are the right size and fit to meet the design specification.
  • Banker Stonemason - Measure, mark out, cut and finish standard templates or moulds.
  • Banker Stonemason - Produce true and square natural stone components.
  • Banker Stonemason - Prepare, conserve, repair or refurbish existing stone masonry by replicating, removing, replacing or stabilising the existing structure; prepare mortars, joint finishing and applying surface finishes, all of which match existing masonry as close as possible or are in line with the conservation plan.
  • Banker Stonemason - Produce basic section bed and face moulds for natural stone components.
  • Banker Stonemason - Produce bespoke natural stone components: for example shaped curved on plan, tracery, ramp and twist, spheres, entablature, ionic components or finials
  • Interior Stone Fixer - Check and prepare existing internal surfaces to receive stonework; apply pre-sealants, water and solvent based final sealants and protection.
  • Interior Stone Fixer - Mix and apply mortar and sand renders, adhesives and grouts, substrates and screeds (including self-levelling); install thermal, movement and expansion joints.
  • Interior Stone Fixer - Form angles, reveals, cills and soffits, floor drainage and outlets; install membranes and lay natural stone flooring to regular and irregular surfaces, fix trims and movement joints including treads, risers and landings; fix internal stonework to vertical, horizontal and inclined wall and floor surfaces; fit internal treads, risers and work surfaces.
  • Interior Stone Fixer/Exterior Stone Fixer - Grout, seal, clean, secure and finish stonework; bed, joint and point natural stone flooring, match finishes where possible and fix accessories (e.g. wire restraint fixings, channels) to wall slabs.
  • Exterior Stone Fixer - Prepare backgrounds for load bearing support and restraint systems, insulation (e.g. membranes and fire stops), cavity trays and damp proof membranes (DPM); apply waterproof sealants to background surfaces; install and remove mechanical fixings, shims and spacers.
  • Exterior Stone Fixer - Install and fix external cladding with load-bearing support and restraint systems; repair or replace defective stone cladding as required; identify and mix mortars, resins and adhesives; identify and fix suitable reinforcements and fixings; form suitable joint finishes which are sympathetic to existing building.
  • Memorial Stonemason/Stone Facade Preservation - Prepare and mix lime mortars, hydraulic and non-hydraulic limes, lime mortars with additives or lime mortars with fibres (natural or synthetic) as appropriate.
  • Memorial Stonemason - Install and secure memorial stones, ensuring that ground and surface conditions are checked and recorded, area is excavated and foundations are laid.
  • Memorial Stonemason - Mark out, position, inscribe, ornament and finish details on memorial stones; produce and use templates for sandblasting; safely use sandblasting equipment to produce details, lettering and ornamentation; finish memorial work using gilding and hand polishing.
  • Stone Facade Preservation - Dismantle facade surfaces to allow for safe and effective cleaning and preservation; brush, use jets and sprays to clean facades; effectively clean flat, textured & moulded stone and art stone using chemical and non-chemical methods; effectively clean non-masonry surfaces e.g. burnt clay, cast stone, metal, plastic, plastic-coated materials, wood, glass by chemical and non-chemical methods.
  • Stone Facade Preservation – Measure, mark out, cut, fit, mix, spread, dress, descale, point, position and secure when restoring façade surfaces; Restore in-situ units, façades and joints on flat, textured and moulded natural stone and on burnt clay, art stone and concrete.
  • Heritage Stonemason - Collect records using photographic, written or digital collection methods prior to any work being carried out.
  • Heritage Stonemason - Drill and cut stone backgrounds to receive fixings sympathetic to the existing condition of heritage masonry; safely form openings which conform to the requirements for heritage planning and buildings regulations.
  • Heritage Stonemason - Apply conservation techniques to maintain heritage and archaeological accuracy, using heritage techniques and procedures where appropriate, with minimum intervention and minimum reversible alterations.
  • Heritage Stonemason - Match new masonry components with existing structures and incorporate pre-prepared conservation masonry components; Finish by applying hand cut ornamentation or lettering where required.
  • Core - Carry out safe stonemasonry working practices, comply with health, safety and welfare legislation, conduct risk assessments; Report any workplace hazards, incidents, near misses, accidents or emergencies.
  • Core - Apply all safeguards and complete pre-use checks when using tools.
  • Core - Select and use the appropriate tools, components and equipment; Repair and maintain tools, components and equipment.
  • Core - Plan the sequence of stonemasonry work required; Ensure work is completed safely within the allocated time and budget and report any situations which affect the work schedule.
  • Core - Select the required type and quantity of materials, move, handle and store safely.
  • Core - Set out and work stone to receive enrichments such as flat, moulded, straight and curved, internal and external mitres, stop ends and returned ends.
  • Banker Stonemason - Produce enrichments for example repeated enrichment (egg and dart, or tongue and dart, or bead and reel), v-cut carving, high relief carving or low relief carving.
  • Core - Position and secure the stones in the required locations and identify bedding planes to suit the use of the stone component; When securing stone, ensure correct measurement, marking out, shape, level, fit, finish and position.
  • Core - Comply with specific organisational and manufacturer's quality standards as required by the job specification and report any variation in quality, implementing agreed corrective actions where required.
  • Core - Clean and tidy work area when work is finished; Store, transport and dispose of masonry waste; Reduce, reuse or recycle waste produced; Use work practices and resources which will contribute to zero/low carbon outcomes
  • Core - Communicate with colleagues/customers; use industry terminology.
  • Core - Ensure the products are the right size and fit to meet the design specification.
  • Your training plan

    This training plan has not been finalised. Check with this employer if you’ll need to travel to a college or training location for this apprenticeship.

    Requirements

    Essential qualifications

    GCSE or equivalent in:

    • English (grade 3)
    • Maths (grade 3)

    Let the company know about other relevant qualifications and industry experience you have. They can adjust the apprenticeship to reflect what you already know.

    Skills

    • Communication skills
    • Attention to detail
    • Organisation skills
    • Team working
    • Creative
    • Initiative
    • Physical fitness

    Other requirements

    You must have the means to travel to our yard near Penrith or a convenient collection point. You must be happy working at height and outdoors.

    About this company

    Our business is based near Penrith in Cumbria. We offer a comprehensive service covering stonemasonry, general building, landscaping and groundworks. Activities include design and build, rebuild, repairs and restoration. We work on small to large projects for commercial and domestic customers. We have a small but growing team of experienced and trainee workers and believe in developing our own people.

    http://www.kirkman.construction (opens in new tab)

    After this apprenticeship

    This is a full-time employed position. It is the intention that succesful apprentices will be offered a related position within the business upon completing their apprenticeship.

     

    Ask a question

    The contact for this apprenticeship is:

    YORK COLLEGE

    Apprenticeship Team

    apprenticeships@yorkcollege.ac.uk

    01904 770368

    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000263821.

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    Closes in 23 days (Sunday 11 August at 11:59pm)

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