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.
This qualification is for you if you work or want to work as a bricklayer within the construction sector. It allows you to learn, develop and practise the skills required for employment and/or career progression in brickwork. This apprenticeship is a blend of theoretical and practical sessions combined with workplace competencies.
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.
What You'll Learn
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.
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.
English and maths GCSEs at grade D (3) /E (2) 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 the commitment to learning while working and spending 20% of your working hours completing off-the-job training.
How you will be assessed
Assessment is by multiple choice question papers, covering knowledge outcomes and 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.
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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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.
What Happens Next
You can express your interest in this apprenticeship by completing a Leicester College application form or alternatively you can apply for one of our live apprenticeship vacancies via the College website. Our apprenticeships can also be found on the government’s apprenticeship site, gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship. As with any other job application, if you are shortlisted then you will be invited for an interview at the employer’s premises. You can apply for as many apprenticeship vacancies as you want.