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.
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.
Candidates should have GCSE grade D/3 or higher in Maths and English and must be employed in a relevant role for a minimum of 30 hours per week.
Any candidate without Maths and English at Grade C/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 of this apprenticeship. You will also aspire to achieve English and Mathematics Functional Skills Level 2 qualifications.
Students with international qualifications will need to have them converted, for which there will be a cost, through the national agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills (NARIC) website. This is required to confirm they are comparable to UK qualifications at the start of the programme in readiness for gateway and the end point assessment.
Bricklayer Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard.
Bricklayer Apprentices attend College on block release (approximately one week per month) and work for their employer 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.
The End Point Assessment will comprise of 3 parts:
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 mins and will involve the 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.
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.