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Bricklaying Apprentice PERSIMMON HOMES LIMITED

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a high profile successful company and start your career with excellent grounding to progress further as you become more experienced. Persimmon Homes Ltd are seeking 2 Apprentice Bricklayers to work at their site in Falmouth.

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Closing date: 16 Oct 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday to Thursday 8am to 5pm. Friday 8am to 4pm.

    Total hours per week: 39.0

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    24 Oct 2022

  • Date posted

    15 Sep 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Persimmon Homes are currently looking for individuals to undertake a Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard in Bricklaying.

All of our apprentices will work alongside qualified and experienced bricklayers to learn the trade and assist in all aspects of bricklaying on a busy construction site.

Some of the skills, knowledge and behaviours that you will learn during your apprenticeship will include:

  • 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 (e.g. 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.

We are looking for candidates that will work safely and responsibly at all times, with a positive and enthusiastic approach to work and training.

Successful candidates will always be punctual and excellent attendance is expected at both work and college.

This role will include 1 day a week at college and 4 days a week on a busy construction site. During college holidays, you will be working on site 5 days a week.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

You will be working towards a Level 2 Bricklayer Apprenticeship Standard.

You will receive on and off the job training and support from an assessor and an apprenticeship advisor.

You will be required to attend Cornwall College Camborne on a weekly basis as part of the apprenticeship training.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Upon completion of your apprenticeship, you will be a fully qualified Bricklayer and will be able to apply for your Skilled Worker CSCS card. You may also progress on to complete a Level 3 NVQ in Trowel Occupations (Bricklaying). Additionally, there are many exciting progression opportunities within the construction industry e.g., Site Supervisor or Site Manager.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Passion for the role, Interest in construction, Willingness to learn, Motivated, Can do attitude, Able to use own initiative, Customer focussed


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade D/3) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade D/3) Essential

Things to consider

Apprentices must be able to travel to both the construction site and college. Candidates must also be aware that the role will involve working in all weather conditions (wet weather clothing will be provided). Candidates must also be aware that due to the nature of construction sites, you may have to move sites during your apprenticeship, however we will do everything we can to ensure that you are placed on a site within a reasonable travel distance.

About the employer

Building around 16,500 beautifully designed new homes in a year in more than 350 prime locations nationwide; Persimmon is one of the UK's leading house builders, committed to the highest standards of design, construction and service. We believe our quality really differentiates us from the competition. In fact, our reputation is built on quality. We build quickly and efficiently and expect a lot from our office and site teams, however in turn we'll reward you for your commitment and hard work and recognise your contribution to the business. The Persimmon Group is firmly committed to the training and development of new entrants to the industry and a trade apprenticeship offers a challenge, valuable training, job security and great career prospects. Working alongside experienced tradespeople, with valuable on the job experience, you will build up your knowledge and skills leading towards an apprenticeship standard. As well as your experience, you will attend Cornwall College Camborne one day a week to complete your training.




Eve Parc

Bickland Water Road


TR11 4PB

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Training provider




01209 616452

Apprenticeship standard


Level 2 (GCSE)

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