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Level 2 Bricklayer Apprenticeship Standard

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Type: Full Time

Subject: Construction

Level:

Start Date: Please contact the Information Centre for start date information

Fee: Please contact the Information Centre for fee information

Course Length

27 months – additional time may be required to complete your independent End–point assessment. You must have a contract of employment for the duration of your Apprenticeship programme.

Level

This is a Level 2 Apprenticeship. There is opportunity to progress onto higher level Apprenticeship upon successful completion of the independent End–point assessment.

Who is it for

APPLICATIONS FOR 2020/21 NOW OPEN!

Please only apply for this Apprenticeship Course if you already have a suitable employer. If you haven't already got an employer you can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies here https://www.peterborough.ac.uk/apprenticeships/apprenticeship–vacancies/.

Are you a practical person who likes to build things from scratch?
Do you like working in different environments as part of a team?

The construction sector is the driving force behind the UK economy, employer three million people and contributing to 6.4% of GDP. Bricklaying is a core function within the construction sector, particularly the house building sector. Bricklayers lay bricks, blocks and other types of building components in mortar to construct and repair walls, foundations, partitions, arches and other structures. As an Apprentice you could be working on a range of sites and projects including: large commercial developments, new builds in housing, alterations, extensions and restorations. You could be working one on one or in bricklaying groups (gang) along with other trades. To become a Bricklayer Apprentice you will need to be a team player with a good eye for detail and strong communication skills, you will need to have a good understanding of Maths in order to work from technical drawings and do calculations.

You can apply for an Apprenticeship if you are living in England, over 16 and not in full–time education. You must be in paid employment for the duration of your Apprenticeship course, you cannot be self–employed or a volunteer. Employers must pay you the minimum Apprenticeship wage or more, for a minimum of 30 hours a week.

Interview Skills Assessment

All candidates will be invited to a pre interview and initial assessments in English and Maths with the Apprenticeship Recruitment Officers.

We strongly advice all candidates to complete a minimum of 2 weeks work experience with their employer prior to the start of the Apprenticeship to ensure the industry is right for the applicant.

What will I need

Entry requirements of GCSEs at grade D/3 and above including Maths and English. You are able to apply for this course with predicted grades where applicable. Please note you may also be asked to complete Maths and English qualifications as part of your Apprenticeship programme.

You will also need a suitable supportive employer who will guide you through your Apprenticeship. We strongly advise that you complete a minimum of 2 weeks work experience with your chosen employer to ensure the construction industry is right for you.

If you do not currently have an employer, you can apply for Apprenticeship Vacancies are advertised on our website – https://www.peterborough.ac.uk/apprenticeships/apprenticeship–vacancies/

Please only apply for this Apprenticeship course if you already have an employer.

What is covered

This Apprenticeship covers the basic knowledge, skills and behaviours required as an Apprentice bricklayer in a busy construction environment: 

Knowledge:
• Health and safety
• Customer service
• Communication
• Buildings
• Energy efficiency
• Materials
• Alternative construction techniques
• Radial and battered brickwork
• Feature and reinforced brickwork
• Fireplaces and chimneys

Skills:
• Preparation of materials
• Safe working
• Working area
• Masonry structures
• Radial and battered brickwork
• Feature and reinforced brickwork
• Other brickwork
• Building technology
• Drainage

Behaviours:
• Positive and mature attitude
• Quality focused
• Effective communication
• Self–motivated learner

Apprentices are expected to attend college 1 day a week as part of their 20% off–the–job training. Additional off–the–job training hours are expected to be completed within your workplace, however you may also be asked to complete tasks at home via Google Classroom and One–file.

Please note you may also be asked to complete Maths and English qualifications as part of your Apprenticeship programme.

How is the course assessed

As well as being assessed continually throughout your Apprenticeship course, all Apprentices are required to complete an End–point Assessment in order to complete their qualification.

The EPA is conducted independently to your employer and Peterborough College and is designed to test whether you have gained the skills, knowledge and behaviours outlined in the Bricklayer Apprenticeship Standard. You will be graded according to your individual performance.

Throughout the duration of your Apprenticeship you will complete a number of assessments, only when these have been completed can your assessor and employer agree to put your forward for the 'Gateway'. This gateway allows you to focus on and prepare for your EPA in order to complete your Apprenticeship. During this time your employer will be expected to support you to prepare for your EPA through regular training and guidance.

Throughout the Apprenticeship it is your responsibility with the help from your employer, assessor and college tutors to ensure you are ready for your final independent EPA.

More information about your EPA will be given to you by your Assessor at the Apprenticeship Sign Up.

What can this course lead to

On Completion of this Apprenticeship, you will have satisfied all the requirements to obtain a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card at the appropriate level. Apprentices will also be entitled to join the Federation of Master Builders continous professional development (CPD) scheme for individual tradespeople.

Successful Apprentices can progress onto higher level Apprenticeships in a similar or different trade or a full time study programme.

Candidates also have the opportunity to continue to work within the construction industry, gain promotion or start their own business.

Are there any additional costs

Learners may need to purchase uniform and/or equipment depending on the employer.

Apprentices are also required to apply for a Trainee CSCS card which may involve an additional cost. There is no requirement for the employer to support you with this cost, you would need to discuss this with your employer directly.

Other details

A Bricklayer Apprentice will work in many different locations and could involve some travelling. This will mean early starts and sometimes late finishes. The weather is another consideration as the majority of work will take place outside. There can be some moving and handling of heavy materials in dusty environments which could have some impact on your health. 

An Apprentice will work on average 40 hours a week, this may vary throughout the year dependent on work load.

As an employed status Apprentice you will:
• Earn a wage – the national minimum wage for Apprentices is £4.15 an hour, although many Apprentices earn more than this. Please note you must be a paid employee of the business, you cannot be self employed or a volunteer.
• Have a contract of employment – this must be given to you at the start of your employment.
• Get paid holidays – these will be detailed in your contract of employment.
• Receive training – it is crucial to the success of your Apprenticeship that your employer supports you with regular training. The Apprenticeship standard states you must complete a minimum of 20% off–the–job training which can also include training at Peterborough College and training at the salon. You will also be expected to build a portfolio and complete tasks on One–file and Google Classrooms.
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