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Brickwork Level 2 Apprenticeship

Bricklaying apprenticeships provide a rounded training experience for young people employed in the construction industry as bricklayers and covers a broad range of training and prepares you for working in a range of sites from private houses to large building sites.

You will develop a range of bricklaying skills in college and in the workplace and learn to set out and erect masonry structures laying bricks and blocks. An apprenticeship combines hands-on learning at work with studying at college to gain a nationally recognised qualification.

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What do I learn?
An apprenticeship qualification includes several elements and you will need to pass all elements to gain your apprenticeship.

Course components include:
• Level 2 Construction Diploma
• National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) at Level 2 in Brickwork
• employment rights and responsibilities and Functional Skills.

The NVQ in Brickwork is made up of mandatory and optional units.

Mandatory units are:
• conform to general workspace safety
• conform to efficient work practices
• move and handle resources
• erect masonry structures
• set out masonry structures.

Optional units are (one required)
• erect masonry cladding
• domestic drainage
• erect thin joint masonry structures
• place and finish non-specialist concrete
• plastered and rendered work
• maintain slate and tile roofing.

You will have up to 18 months to achieve all the elements of your apprenticeship although you may be able to achieve it quicker than this, depending on your progress.

Apprenticeships are designed to let you benefit from real life work experience which you will get day-to-day on the job. This experience is supported by theoretical knowledge gained at college in both classroom and workshop based sessions/assessments. You will attend college on one or two days a week. You are assessed in the workplace by a qualified and trade competent assessor who will help support you and your employer in achieving your qualification. Some elements are assessed by exam.
What do I gain?
An apprenticeship allows you to learn on the job while gaining knowledge and nationally recognised qualifications and earning money. As an apprentice you will earn a minimum of £3.30 per hour and have full rights as an employee. The college will assign you with your assessor at the beginning of the course. Your assessor’s role is to guide and support your development as well as to help choose when you are ready to be assessed.
What do I need?
You will need to be working in a relevant job and your employer will need to agree to support you in your training which involves giving you time to attend college and accommodating work-based assessments. There are no restrictions to become an apprentice however you will need to be a UK resident and you will need to be between the ages of 16 and 24.
What do I gain?
You may be able to progress in your career to higher level positions or study at Level 3.