Apprentice in Joinery (Carpentry Skills) - Muncaster Castle

Background to Employer: Muncaster Country

We are a Historic Castle and working estate that is open to the general public as a tourist attraction in the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park. We are responsible for a large portfolio of historic buildings including Muncaster Castle (Grade 1 Listed) and various other tenanted properties, working farms, a public house and two hotels. We are also dedicated to Nature and Building Conservation and the promotion of education in both fields of expertise. As well as the Historic Castle and Estate, we have a Hawk and Owl Centre and we are currently utilising the Estates own timber in the repair of our buildings.

Brief overview of the role: The current building and maintenance team at Muncaster is made up of a Craftmason and a Joiner. The work being undertaken involves all aspects of building and property maintenance. We use traditional methods and materials when we carry out repair work. 

Vacancy description: 

The key role of the apprentice is to learn and develop traditional building skills on a wide portfolio of historic property across the Muncaster Estate.  This includes a Grade 1 Listed Castle, the Curtilage Buildings, 30 Tenanted Houses, 4 Working Farms, a Public House and two Hotels. 

The successful candidate will be trained all aspects of site joinery as well as learning repair techniques on sash windows and doors.  They will also receive training in the mixing and applications of lime mortars (all aspects of), as well as undertaking a Construction based NVQ at Kendal College.  The NVQ will provide the backbone of the candidates knowledge of modern building materials and techniques which can be applied to the traditional buildings as well. 

The day to day work experience will then give the candidate the hands on experience in a wide variety of situations to practice the techniques taught at the College.

The candidate will also be taught to work safely and effectively with materials used in the construction industry and also how to carry out work in a manner that promotes good work ethic.  They will also gain experience in the use of access equipment as a lot of work is carried out at height.

The candidate will assist the mason/joiner in the day to day maintenance operations as well pre-planned project works on both the Castle and the wider estate.  This could include any aspect of building and construction work, eg – painting and decorating, slating, pointing, stonework, brickwork, plastering, lead working, joinery work/repairs, etc.

We also expand our knowledge to learn new skills like gilding which we learned to carry out last our winter’s project in the Castle Library.

We also operate a ‘no labourers’ work ethic where everyone is involved in the mixing of materials, cleaning up, fetching and carrying etc.

Working week: 40 hour working week, bank holidays are worked but given back as part of annual leave. Working days are Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm 28 days holiday which includes bank holidays. Day release programme at College is part of apprenticeship agreement. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills:

  • Physically fit and able to lift heavy objects,
  • Attention to detail
  • Good practical skills
  • Able to work at heights
  • Happy to work in all weathers
  • Have a presentable image. 

Personal qualities:

  • Able to work well in a team
  • Able to listen and follow instruction
  • Adaptable
  • Dexterous
  • Conscientious
  • Good time keeping
  • Good sense of humour. 

 Qualifications required:

  • GCSE in English and Maths D/3 and above would be desirable. 

Future prospects:

If the right candidate was found we would hope to be able to offer employment at the end of the Apprenticeship. If financially not viable at the time (this does depend on visitor numbers to the Estate) the candidate will have the opportunity to learn some unique skills that would make them very attractive to a growing number of more specialised employers. Lime use in Construction and more specifically traditional building is making a big comeback as more people are beginning to realise the damage being done to traditional buildings through the use of modern Cementous materials.

Things to consider:

Candidate needs to consider their ability to:

1) Able to lift/handle to heavy objects.

2) Ability to work at height on scaffolds, access equipment.

3) Physically demanding quite often dirty work.

Important travel information: You will need to be able to commute to Muncaster Estate as the estate has good road and train links (the nearest station is 2 miles away), but no bus service available.

Are you interested in the repair and maintenance of historic buildings? Do you have any previous experience in the Construction Industry (not essential)?

Hours of work:

40 hour working week.

Wage:

£140.00

Location:

Ravenglass, Cumbria

Closing date:

05 Aug 2017

How to apply:

How to apply: Online via Muncaster Castle website www.muncaster.co.uk, there will be a post relating to apprentice recruitment with the details of how to apply.

If you have any questions about the role, you can contact: david@muncaster.co.uk.