THIS IS A GREAT DEPARTMENT TO JOIN AND THERE WILL BE LOTS OF OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN ALL ASPECTS OF LIGHT BUILDING WORK.
AFTER YOUR TRAINING YOU MAY GAIN A NVQ QUALIFICATION IN TROWEL OCCUPATIONS AND BRICKWORK WHICH WILL BE INVALUABLE IN FINDING FUTURE EMPLOYMENT.
One massive task for the building department has been the building of a large stable block with 13 horse boxes, tack room, shower room, toilets and kitchenette and tack rooms. To be part of this enormous project and then be able to look back and say "I was part of that project" gives our builders confidence and job satisfaction.
Trainees will learn the essentials of a number of skills, including brick and block laying, studwork, roof structures, plumbing, concreting, tiling, ground works, drainage and general building repairs.
The various facets of these different trades will be learnt in the course of the daily maintenance, repair and construction work carried out on the estate throughout the year. All the numerous buildings and structures on the estate are subject to a continual programme of repair and maintenance, which is done in-house wherever possible. This can range from renewing guttering, building new draining systems, rebuilding retaining walls, right up to designing and erecting new buildings from scratch.
Trainees are encouraged to think for themselves and to develop initiative. The work is ideal for anyone seeking to acquire a good all round knowledge and experience of the construction of modern estate buildings as well as general building maintenance and repair.
After six months once Levels 1 and 2 are successfully completed, trainees may be offered a Level 3 programme and will then receive an employment contract and if they have with a particular interest in a specialist aspect of building, for example, bricklaying, may possibly be able to enrol at one of the local technical colleges to acquire a deeper knowledge of that skill, leading to recognised vocational qualification. Others may be interested in a future in general light building work, maintenance and repair, perhaps on a self employed basis, in which case the experience gained at the Foundation will be invaluable to them.
The Foundation’s on site tutor is available to assist with academic issues such as literacy and numeracy where these are needed to understand theoretical points.
No prior knowledge or experience is necessary. Candidates must however display a practical personality and a serious interest in this fascinating trade, coupled with the will to succeed. These are the pre-requisites for success.