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Stonemasonry Apprenticeship Level 2

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Start Date
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24 Months + End-Point Assessment
Level 2

The UK construction industry makes a vital contribution to the economy. However, there is a skills shortage in the industry and this work-based course ensures that staff needs meet national standards. Stonemasonry is a specialist craft and as a Stonemason, you would use your skills to carve architectural features, cut and shape blocks, or lay and fit stonework into place on construction projects.

As a banker mason you would follow design instructions to carve and shape stone, and give it a textured or polished finish (known as dressing), using hand and power tools.

Entry requirements

To start the course you must be employed in a relevant role for a minimum of 30 hours per week. In addition you will need a minimum of 3 GCSE’s at Grade 3 or above to include English and Maths.

What will I study?

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Stonemasonry (site-based units)

Units include:

  • Conforming to general health, safety and welfare in the workplace
  • Conforming to productive working practices in the workplace
  • Moving, handling and storing resources in the workplace
  • Producing standard stonemasonry components in the workplace
  • Producing standard templates and moulds in the workplace

There are two pathways available:

Banker – this is carving and shaping stone

Fixer – this is erecting and fixing stone in place

Additional Study

  • Functional Skills in Maths and English
  • Employee Rights & Responsibilities
  • Abrasive Wheels

Method of delivery

Apprentices attend College on block release (two weeks per term approximately) depending on timetable and work for their employer the rest of the time.

How is the qualification assessed?

For the NVQ you will build up a portfolio, which is a collection of examples or evidence of your work that demonstrates your skills and ability, including a work diary, photos, statements from your employer and colleagues and examples of completed tasks. Assessment consists of practical tasks, observations, oral questioning, written questions, assignments, projects and written tests.

The Diploma is assessed using both practical and written tests.

The Functional Skills are assessed through on-line tests.

Additional course 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

Stonemasonry Apprenticeship Level 2

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

Many apprentices progress on to the next level. There is then the opportunity to progress to higher-level courses such as the National Certificate or National Diploma in Construction.

Emma Waitzman is a Stonemasonry Apprentice at York Minster

"I came from Scotland, near Glasgow. I didn’t know what subject I wanted to do so my mum suggested stonemasonry. I tried it out, and I liked it. Most Colleges do stonemasonry by machine, which is why I chose York College, as here they do stonemasonry by hand. Following College, I got an apprenticeship at York Minster. I’m loving the course and my work, have made lots of new friends, and am really happy that a few stones of mine are on the building."

Stonemasonry Apprenticeship, Employer: York Minster
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