Bricklaying - Advanced Apprenticeship
Faculty of Construction and the Built Environment
Faculty Level Location Length Ask Apply
Construction and the Built Environment Level 3 Devon and Exeter Construction Centre minimum of 12 months

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

Please note: this Apprenticeship was formerly known as Construction Building - Trowel Occupations

The Advanced Apprenticeship offers an in-depth, practical approach and a solid platform for anyone wishing to develop a career in bricklaying and masonry. As an Apprentice you will hold a full time job and attend college one day per week throughout the programme. You will work towards a framework of qualifications which make up the Apprenticeship. This course will launch you into the workplace and provides an excellent way to build your career and progress to further training and education. NVQ: Part of the Apprenticeship framework is the NVQ qualification. The NVQ shows your competence, knowledge, and understanding of business tasks and procedures, and proves you are able to carry out your job to the NVQ standards. You will also complete a Technical Certificate.

When on your college day-release, you will be taught by your Tutor or Training Officer. You will spend the remainder of the week in the workplace where you will put your new skills into practice. Whilst at work, your Training Officer will visit you and carry out assessments in a variety of styles: observing you; completing knowledge questions; setting practical tasks. They will also help you build your portfolio of evidence for your NVQ.

What topics will I study?

You will complete the following units:

VR209 Confirm Work Activities and Resources for the Work
VR210 Develop and Maintain Good Working Relationships
VR211 Confirm the Occupational Method of Work
VR48 Set out Complex Masonry Structures
VR49 Erect Complex Masonry Structures

CSA L3 Core 07 Analysing technical information
CSA L3 Core 08 Analysing the Construction Industry
CSA L3 Occ 131 Construct chimneys and fireplaces
CSA L3 Occ 132 Repair and maintain masonry structures
CSA L3 Occ 134 Construct decorative features

What experiences will I get?

You will benefit from our links with companies such as Taylor Wimpey.

What are the entry requirements?

You will have completed the Level 2 Apprenticeship to progress on to the Advanced Apprenticeship. Every employer is different and therefore the entry requirements can vary. As a guide you ideally need GCSE grade 4 or above in English and Maths. However, we will work with you and provide additional support in order to help you achieve the functional skills element or GCSE requirements of the Apprenticeship. Support can be delivered either prior to your Apprenticeship via a traineeship or during the delivery of your programme. An interest in the industry is essential.

What facilities are there?

  • Specialist building
  • Practical work areas
  • Trade specific classroom
  • Learning resource centre
  • Refectory

What can the course lead on to?

Apprentices will be working towards achievement of the following:

  • Level 3 NVQ in Bricklaying
  • Level 3 Diploma in Bricklaying
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilties
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths (where applicable)

On completion of the NVQ3 you will normally be fully qualified in your chosen area of work. You will be able to work individually and use your own initiative to a higher standard. This will give you greater career opportunities and the possibility of progressing to Higher Education.

Are there any additional costs?

At the start of your course you may need to buy some one off basic equipment, tools and textbooks.

What support can I get?

You will have a dedicated Skills Officer who you can contact at any time. They will visit you in the workplace every 10 weeks to carry out a progress review with you and your employer.

What will this training cost me?

This can vary depending on the age of the Apprentice and the size of an organisation. Please contact a Training and Recruitment Advisor on 01392 400800 for more information.

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