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Bricklaying is a core function within the construction sector, particularly the house building sector.
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.
ICT -Level 2 is a requirement of these Apprenticeships unless an equivalent qualification has already been achieved.
ERR - Employee Rights and Responsibilities, which includes health and safety, equality and diversity as well as employment legislation.
PLTS - Personal Learning and Thinking Skills, which includes team working, creative thinking and reflective learning.
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.
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
All Apprentices will receive a minimum wage of £3.90 per hour within their first year of training from their employer, although they can, and often do, pay more.
In the second and subsequent years of an Apprenticeship programme, the following applies:
Under 18s – the required national minimum wage of £4.35 per hour.
18–20 year olds - the required national minimum wage of £6.15 per hour.
21-24 year olds - the required national minimum wage of £7.70 per hour.
25 year olds and over – the required national minimum wage of £8.21 per hour.
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.
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