Bricklaying is a core function within the construction sector, particularly the house building sector.
Before starting the apprenticeship, you will be enrolled on a Building Services Traineeship for a minimum of 8 weeks to ensure that you are fully aware if sector expectations and are confident in your decision to work in the area. During this you will complete a minimum of 70 hours of work experience in the sector with a suitable employer, complete English and maths qualifications at Level 1 if not already achieved these and study sector relevant knowledge to prepare you for the apprenticeship.
Once this is completed successfully and in liaison with your employer, you will progress onto the Level 2 Bricklaying Apprenticeship. If you already have an employer we will discuss this with them.
The Government has a target to build significantly more new homes over the coming years and therefore the demand for bricklayers has never been higher.
You will receive on the job training – this is structured and agreed with your employer to ensure you learn the right skills, this is typically 4 days per week. Off the job training – this is arranged for you at college. You will complete this training on day release basis, typically over one day per week.
As an Apprentice, you will receive on-the-job training at your workplace and attend day release training at Boston College.
The Level 2 Bricklaying Apprenticeship consists of several elements, which have been identified by employers as the foundation for a competent craftsperson:
On completion of this apprenticeship standard, you will be able to carry out all the activities undertaken by a bricklayer, carrying out a range of tasks relating to the trade.
The Apprenticeship framework consists of several elements, which have been identified by employers as an appropriate set of skills to operate in their chosen job role.
Your Apprenticeship framework is made up of the following elements:
Maths - You will be required to have already achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE or equivalent.
English - You will be required to have already achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE or equivalent.
Vocational Element (Knowledge and Competence).
In addition to your course, you may also study either Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths, dependent on your current GCSE grade.
The Bricklaying Apprenticeship will take you two years to complete. You will study at College for one day a week, and four days with your employer.
You will also need to attend a block week once a year at the College to demonstrate your skills and meet your assessor.
During the initial 8-week Traineeship you are not entitled to be paid but employees may support you, if they wish, with transport and meals. The main aim of a traineeship is to gain work experience within a real working company.
As an Apprentice, you will pay no course fees. However, your employer may have to pay towards your training as well as providing you with a wage (please see below).
For information regarding employer contributions and any further costs related to the Apprenticeship programme, please call our dedicated Apprenticeship team on 01205 365701 ext 3248.
There are different rates of pay for apprentices depending on your age and what year of your apprenticeship you’re in.Aged 16 to 18.
The current National Minimum Wage rate for an apprentice is £4.81. per hour.Aged 19 or over and in your first year.
The current National Minimum Wage rate for an apprentice is £4..81 per hour.Aged 19 or over and have completed your first year.
You’re entitled to the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage rate for your age.
If you are an employer and want to find out more information regarding employer contributions and any further costs related to the Apprenticeship programme, please call our dedicated Apprenticeship team on 01205 365701 ext. 3248.
Assessment is scheduled throughout the course, through the completion of the three practical activities, an externally set end of year multi-choice exam, three internal paper based exams and gathering of work-based evidence.
All work is assessed when required by the College-based assessors and can be re-assessed if required without delay to ensure you achieve your qualification.
On completion of the apprenticeship you will normally be fully qualified in your chosen area of work. You will be able to work individually and use your own initiative to a higher standard.
This will give you greater career opportunities and the possibility of progressing to Higher Education.
Yourself or your employer will be required to purchase a copy of the below course related book, they are available from Amazon for approximately £33.
The City & Guilds Textbook: Bricklaying for the Level 2 Technical Certificate & Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma (7905), Level 2 & 3 Diploma (6705) and Level 2 Apprenticeship (9077) ISBN 9781510458147.
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