Heritage Masonry Apprentice – CLOSED

SSH Conservation LTD


The Haybarn, Shatwell Farm, Shatwell Lane, Yarlington, Wincanton, Somerset, BA9 8DL

Website: www.sshconservation.co.uk

Contact Details

Name & Job Title: Claire Stein, Training & Resource Manager

Telephone: 01458 781143 (or 01458 832441 office)

Email: claire@sshconservation.co.uk

Vacancy summary

London based L2 Heritage Apprentice for a Historic Stone Conservation Company

Company Information SSH Conservation Ltd is a multi-award-winning, ICON-accredited specialist in the conservation of historic buildings and monuments with over 35 years of stone conservation experience. Who operates both as main contractor, sub-contractors, and as a specialist consultant in the surveying & preparation of conservation reports along with services in the cleaning, repair & conservation of historic stonework, statuary, monuments & decorative surfaces across the UK

Apprentice Standard and Level L2 Stonemasonry (Heritage)

This is your unique opportunity to join a specialist historic building conservation company and learn from some of the most skilled conservators and masons in the industry. We are proud to offer our clients a highly trained and engaged workforce who have access to, and opportunities for, continued learning throughout their careers for us to draw from

Tasks and training details

Your day will start at 8am when you sign in and the Site Manager instructs the team on the day’s tasks. You will work alongside your nominated team buddy, who with the others will instruct and guide you through your tasks. Over the 24mts you will gain a unique opportunity to experience and learn: · A full range of conservation cleaning and repair techniques as applied to traditional historic buildings (i.e. Stone, earth, brick, and lime, asbv used for mortars, renders & paints). · About moving, handling, and storing equipment and materials safely. · Preparing and mixing of mortar for pointing & repairs · Collecting records both written and photographic of work to be undertaken · Dismantling, rebuilding, and repairing sympatric to the existing historic structure. · Matching new masonry and the preparation of templates and moulds, on and off site You will also be expected to engage in the regular site team toolbox talks covering aspects of Health and Safety in the workplace.

Final qualification gained

Building Craft College, London. Stone Masonry (Heritage) L2 Standard Apprenticeship. Although either Banker or Exterior Fixer is also an option any final choice will be made mid-way through the 24-month traineeship in consultation with the college, trainee, and company.

Application closing date 4pm Monday 31st July 2023

Apprenticeship start date September (date TBC)

Details of your working week Monday to Friday 8am to 4.30 pm with ½ hour unpaid lunch break and a ½ hour paid coffee/tea break.

Expected weekly hours, including training

Max 40 hrs per week


The hourly rate will be agreed, based on existing experience and skills levels. Min level £10.50

Area/location of work

Your on-site learning will take place across multiple sites throughout Greater London (and further afield if willing – which is applicable then all accommodation costs paid for together with a set daily subsistence payment).

Skills and personal qualities

You should have.

· Communication skills

· Attention to detail.

· Organisation skills

· Problem solving skills. · Number skills

· Team working

· Initiative

· Physical fitness

Qualifications you should have

The ideal applicant will meet the following minimum qualifications/requirements.

· Min 18yr+ (or within 3 months)

· Ideally Grade 4 in Maths and English (or equivariant) or achieve the equivalent of a Functional Skills L2 to successfully pass Maths and English, and your apprenticeship.

· Commitment to, and interest in, Masonry and care for buildings of an historic nature.

· Access to own transport would be preferred although not essential.

What you can expect on completing this apprenticeship

To continue within the company developing skills by active engagement in ongoing CPD & essential H&S training. With experience and aptitude progressing from general operative to Site Supervisor, Manager and potentially (as others within the company have done) to Contracts Manager

Other considerations

Should be hard-working, enthusiastic, willing to learn, and committed to a career in this specialist area of work. Be able to demonstrate an interest in, and care for, historic structures. The work is extensively outdoors and involves heavy lifting and climbing on scaffolds and will be located across Greater London on multiple sites


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