Construction Apprenticeships at DMR

Choosing the right apprenticeship is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make so it’s worth spending some time thinking it through. Have a browse through the different construction trades we offer and if you’d like more information before applying, give us a call on 01942 673047 or get in touch via our contact page.

Which Trade?

Trowel Occupations (Bricklaying)

Bricklaying is an essential part of the construction industry – especially in the construction of houses and buildings. It is one of the industry’s oldest professions but, despite the name, involves far more than just laying bricks. As a bricklayer, you’ll need to read and interpret building plans, mix specific concentrations of mortar, work with different types of brick and carry out repair work such as repointing. You may sometimes be asked to work on projects involving complex brickwork such as chimney stacks and tunnels.

Apprenticeship Duration: 18-24 months

College Location: Leigh or Wigan

Working Environment: You’ll be expected to work indoor and outdoor (in most weather except heavy rain). Heavy lifting and working at heights are often involved in the bricklaying trade.

Construction Operations (Groundworks)

A groundworker is a vital member of a construction team and is involved in both the first and final stages of a building project. A groundworker is responsible for laying foundations and drainage channels, as well as laying pavements, kerbing and other surfaces once the building work is complete. A domestic groundworker is in charge of laying driveways, patios and footpaths outside people’s homes.

Apprenticeship Duration: 18-24 months

College Location: Leigh

Working Environment: Groundworking is largely an outdoor trade with lots of heavy lifting.

Plastering & Dry Lining

Plasterers and dry liners can work in a variety of domestic and commercial settings. They are largely responsible for preparing walls and ceilings for decorative finishing, through the installation of plasterboards and the application of wet plaster.

Apprenticeship Duration: 18-24 months

College Location: Wigan (Plastering) / Dry Lining (Leigh)

Working Environment: Mainly indoor. Plastering duties involve heavy lifting.

Property Maintenance & Multi-Skill

Maintenance operatives work in domestic and commercial premises and are responsible for the general upkeep of the building as well as carrying out repairs when needed. Maintenance operatives can become skilled at a range of building trades including joinery, plumbing, tiling, decorating and plastering. If you like the idea of gaining skills in several different trades and not just one, add maintenance to your shortlist of potential apprenticeships.

Apprenticeship Duration: 18-24 months

College Location: Property Maintenance (Leigh) / Multi-Skill (Wigan)

Working Environment: Both indoor and outdoor in all weather. As a maintenance operative, you’ll constantly be on your feet, moving between different locations.

Fitted Interiors

As an interior fitter, you’ll be responsible for turning an empty shell or a shabby room into a newly furnished kitchen, bathroom or office suit. Responsibilities include working with hand/power tools; removing old units; taking precise measurements; and fitting new cupboards, units, work surfaces, sinks, showers and baths.

Apprenticeship Duration: 18-24 months

College Location: Leigh

Working Environment: Mainly indoors with some heavy lifting.

Wood Occupations – Site Carpentry

If you enjoyed woodwork at school then site carpentry could be the trade for you. Working with a broad range of hand tools and power tools, site carpenters are responsible for making and fitting wooden structures and furnishings. Carpenters can specialise in either first fix (structural work) or second fixing (furnishings such as skirting boards and door frames) but most are skilled in both areas.

Apprenticeship Duration: 18-24 months

College Location: Leigh or Wigan

Working Environment: Mainly indoors with some heavy lifting.

Roofing Occupations

Roofers are responsible for building, installing and repairing roofs, and ensuring that they are watertight and properly insulated.  Duties include stripping broken tiles/slates and replacing with new ones, fitting felt sheets, fitting cladding, installing and repairing joists, taking measurements and working from building plans. As a roofer, you’ll be working at heights using ladders, scaffolding and safety harnesses.

Apprenticeship Duration: 18-24 months

College Location: Wigan

Working Environment: Mainly outdoors in all kinds of weather. You’ll need to be comfortable with heavy lifting and working at heights.