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Apprenticeship

Bricklayer Apprenticeship Level 2

Subject Area
Construction
Start Date
Variable
Study Mode
Apprenticeship
Duration
30 Month + End-Point Assessment
Level
Level 2

The construction sector is the driving force behind the UK economy, employing three million people. 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.



Entry requirements

You must be employed in a relevant role for a minimum of 30 hours per week, and should have GCSE grade 3 or above in Maths and English.

Any candidate without Maths and English at grade 4 will be required to pass English and Maths Functional Skills Level 1 qualifications before they can be put forward for the End-Point Assessment (EPA) of this apprenticeship. You will also aspire to achieve English and Mathematics Functional Skills Level 2 qualifications.

What will I study?

Bricklayers lay bricks, blocks and other types of building components in mortar to construct and repair walls, foundations, partitions, arches and other structures e.g. chimney stacks. They might also refurbish brickwork and masonry on restoration projects. The range of sites and projects that bricklayers will work on include large commercial developments, new builds in housing, alterations, extensions and restorations. A bricklayer may work one-on-one or on larger jobs where their bricklaying group (gang) may work on a particular section of a building alongside other bricklaying gangs as well as other trades.

Method of delivery

Bricklayer apprentices attend College on block release (approximately one week per month) and work for their employer for the rest of the time. Practical assessment will take place during the apprenticeship. Apprentices will also be required to produce a portfolio of evidence typically during the last 10 months of the apprenticeship. This must contain at least 15 pieces of work evidence.

How will I be assessed?

The End-Point Assessment (EPA) will comprise of 3 parts:

  • Knowledge test
  • Skills test
  • Oral questioning

The knowledge test is computer based and will comprise of 40 multiple-choice questions. This will last one hour.

The skills test will be an assessment of practical skills based on a task that will take 6 hours. The task will holistically assess the skills, knowledge and behaviours required of a bricklayer.

Oral questioning will take a minimum of 35 minutes and will involve questions that will focus on coverage of prior learning or activity. Apprentices may refer to and illustrate their answers with evidence from their portfolio of evidence.

Additional costs

There are no specific College programme related costs, however you will be advised of any additional costs during your application and enrolment process.

Qualifications received

Bricklayer Level 2 Apprenticeship.

Good course combinations

This is a full-time course. It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, T Level or A Level programmes.

Your next steps

On completion of this apprenticeship, the apprentice will have satisfied the requirements to obtain a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Card at the appropriate level. Apprentices will progress to a wide range of employment opportunities in the workplace. Self-employment or starting a business may also be an option. Candidates may also progress on to higher-level qualifications.

To find out more about how to become an apprentice or how to recruit an apprentice into your business, please contact York Business Partnership Team: Tel: 01904 770368 or email: businesspartnerships@yorkcollege.ac.uk

Hayden Wilson

"I chose to study Bricklaying as when I left school, I knew I had an interest in the building industry. Finding an apprenticeship has allowed me to learn about the trade in a practical way and will hopefully get me to where I want to be in my career.

My tutors have been amazing as not only do they have a high level of knowledge, they’re really friendly and we get on well. My ambition is to work in Australia. I’d then like to come back to start my own business and progress as much as possible."

Hayden
Bricklaying Apprenticeship
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