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Why Bricklaying?

If you want a career in the brickwork trade then this apprenticeship is for you. The Trowel Occupations Apprenticeship offers a combination of qualifications that will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to work as a bricklayer in the construction industry. You will be working in a construction environment where your duties could encompass many areas of brickwork such as place and finish, none specialist concrete, set out and erect masonry structures and efficient work practices.

Qualification and Level

Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) or Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) in Trowel Occupations.

Most candidates start on an Intermediate Apprenticeship and progress to the Advanced Level although the level may be determined by the role in the workplace and previous qualifications.

What will be studied

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations

Mandatory Units:

  • Conforming to general health, safety and welfare in the workplace
  • Conforming to productive working practices in the workplace
  • Moving, handling and storing resources in the workplace
  • Erecting masonry structures in the workplace
  • Setting out masonry structures in the workplace

Mandatory College Based Units:

  • Health, safety and welfare in construction and associated industries
  • Understanding information, quantities and communication with others
  • Understanding construction technology
  • Set out masonry structures
  • Construct solid walling incorporating isolated and attached piers
  • Construct cavity walling forming masonry structures

Optional Units include:

  • Placing and finishing non specialist concrete in the workplace
  • Repairing and maintaining masonry structures in the workplace
  • Installing drainage in the workplace

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations

Mandatory Units:

  • Conforming to general health, safety and welfare in the workplace
  • Confirming work activities and resources for an occupational work area in the workplace
  • Developing and maintaining good occupational working relationships in the workplace
  • Confirming the occupational method of work in the workplace
  • Erecting masonry structures in the workplace
  • Setting out masonry structures in the workplace
  • Setting out complex masonry structures in the workplace
  • Erecting complex masonry structures in the workplace

Mandatory College Based Units:

  • Health, safety and welfare in construction and associated industries
  • Analysing technical information, quantities and communication with others
  • Analysing the construction industry and built environment
  • Repair and maintain masonry structures

Optional Units include:

  • Confirming work activities and resources for an occupational work area in the workplace
  • Confirming the occupational method of work in the workplace
  • Erecting masonry structures in the workplace

Additional Study

  • Functional Skills in Maths and English
  • Employee Rights & Responsibilities

Are there any entry criteria?

To start the course you must be employed in a relevant role for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

In addition, for an Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) you will have a minimum of 3 GCSE’s at grade D or above to include English and Maths. Completion of the Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) is required prior to starting the Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3).

Method of Delivery

Apprentices attend College on block release (approximately one week per month) and work for their employer the rest of the time.

How is the qualification assessed?

For the NVQ you will build up a portfolio, which is a collection of examples or evidence of your work that demonstrates your skills and ability, including a work diary, photos, statements from your employer and colleagues and examples of completed tasks. Assessment consists of practical tasks, observations, oral questioning, written questions, assignments, projects and written tests. The Diploma is assessed using both practical and written tests.

The Functional Skills are assessed through online tests.

Duration

The Intermediate Apprenticeship takes two years to complete.

The Advanced Apprenticeship takes one year to complete.

What next?

Many learners progress from an Intermediate Apprenticeship to Advanced Apprenticeship There is then the opportunity to progress to higher-level courses such as the National Certificate or National Diploma in Construction.

York College, graded Outstanding by OFSTED, is ideally placed to support both Apprentices and businesses to successfully engage with and benefit from Apprenticeships.

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