Brickwork Advanced Apprenticeship

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Course Overview

This apprenticeship framework is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge required to carry out your job role and support future progression within the sector. You will attend college on a day release basis and should achieve the level 3 apprenticeship framework within the agreed timescale.

This qualification is achieved through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off the job training (at college) and the opportunity to practise and embed new skills in a real work context. On completion, you will be able to undertake the full range of duties, appropriate to your job, confidently and competently to the standard set by the Industry.

Level 3 is ideal if you’ve worked in the construction industry and have plenty of experience. Your work might involve supervising others or managing resources. You will want to develop your skills further and move into a senior role or a position with more responsibility.

As an apprentice, you are entitled to at least the apprenticeship rate of the national minimum wage (NMW) in the first year of your apprenticeship. If you are aged 19 or over in the second year of your apprenticeship, you will be entitled to the ordinary NMW. The NMW for Apprentices applies to time spent on the job plus time spent training. An apprenticeship is a job with training. You will be employed at least 30 hours a week, with 80% of your working hours in your day-to-day role, and the remaining 20% of your time engaged in training or study.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

You will learn about health, safety and environmental issues faced on construction sites, and how to communicate with others on the job. You will also learn practical skills specific to brickwork, including how to build and repair structures, walls, chimneys, walkways and foundations using various types of blocks and brick. Their work can range from a house extension to a major stadium project.

Year 2

Within the second year, you will complete your practical assessments and also focus on completing your competencies within your NVQ portfolio. This will be your responsibility to complete your job knowledge questions and also ensure that you cover the range of work required for your assessor to observe you in your working environment.

Entry Requirements

English and maths GCSEs at grade 4/5 (C / B) or higher or an equivalent qualification are ideally required. In order to be selected for this apprenticeship, you will need to have a passion for working in a hands-on environment within this exciting trade. Finally, you must have the drive to complete the demands of the apprenticeship course and become a skilled worker. You will also need to demonstrate a commitment to learning while working and spending 20% of your working hours completing off-the-job training.

How you will be assessed

Multiple choice question papers, covering knowledge outcomes. Practical assignments, covering performance outcomes. Assessments are set by City Guilds, delivered and marked by the tutor/assessor, and will be externally verified by City Guilds to make sure they are properly carried out. This Apprenticeship will involve college attendance and you will also be regularly visited at work by your industry expert trainer assessor from Leicester College, who will support you to achieve the standard required.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Total Fees: £0

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0

Tuition Fees (19+): £0

Additional Costs

All apprentices are required to wear Personal Protective Equipment in the College workshops at all times.


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

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If you are aged 19 or over there is no government funding available for this course. However you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan for the course fee.

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Course and Career progression

This apprenticeship will allow you to progress into employment as a bricklayer. If you show promise and cover the range of work you could also progress onto an advanced level 3 Bricklaying programme. This would then enable you to secure your industry gold CSCS card. You may also wish to progress on to an advanced construction, technical and professional programme within the built environment.

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