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Building Trades | Bricklaying Apprenticeship | Level 2

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Course Code: AP0393-RC Course Type: Apprenticeships Campus: Broadwater Campus Duration: 24 months learning and up to 3 months for End Point Assessment (EPA) Entry requirements: Please see entry requirement section Assessment: Multiple assessment methods

Why this apprenticeship?

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The construction sector is the driving force behind the UK economy, employing three million people and contributing 6.4% of GDP. Not only that, the construction industry is central to delivering the homes, schools, hospitals, energy and transport infrastructure our society demands. A career in the construction industry is like no other. 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.

This apprenticeship involves 24 months learning and up to 3 months for the End Point Assessment (EPA).

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are available for school leavers and adults (19+), beginning at Level 2 through to degree level.


What levels are available?

Wages

Wages vary depending on the type of apprenticeship but there is a national minimum wage (NMW) in the UK which applies to all 16-18 year olds and to those aged 19 or over in the first year of their studies. From October 2017, this is £3.50 per hour. However, the MET encourages employers to pay at a higher hourly rate.


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Entry requirements

You must have an employer in place and be in a suitable administration role that covers the themes in the course information tab to complete this apprenticeship.

All prospective new apprentices will complete an initial assessment of their current knowledge skills and behaviours through a skill scan. This must indicate that there is substantial new knowledge skills and behaviours to be learnt by completing this apprenticeship.

A prospective apprentice will also need to show that they are currently working at or towards the minimum L1 skills for Maths and English. Where a learner has not already achieved GCSE grade 1 to 3 (G-D) or equivalent and taken  Level 2 English and Maths Functional Skills prior to the completion of the apprenticeship, they must do so before taking the end-point assessment.

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Course content

What does this apprenticeship involve?

The Level 2 apprenticeship standard for the Bricklaying Apprenticeship is designed for apprentices in construction roles. Bricklaying Apprenticeships are designed to set the learner up with the skills to carry out their role effectively and safely. The apprentice will learn the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in bricklayer jobs.

This qualification has been developed to support learners completing the Bricklaying Apprenticeship Standard and covers the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the standard.

The qualification covers a range of topics:

  • Measuring work areas and setting out the first rows of bricks or blocks
  • Mixing mortar by hand or with a mechanical mixer
  • Applying mortar with a trowel and laying bricks on top of each other
  • Shaping and trimming bricks using hammers, chisels and power tools
  • Checking that rows are straight using a spirit level and plumb line
  • Health and safety
  • Customer service
  • Communication
  • Buildings
  • Energy efficiency
  • Materials
  • Alternative construction techniques
  • Radial and battered brickwork
  • Feature and reinforced brickwork
  • Fireplaces and chimneys

For more detailed information please see:

https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/bricklayer/

Further information

What can I expect from being an Apprentice?

  • Excellent vocational training.
  • A salary and on-going support from your employer and GB MET.
  • In depth experience, insight and understanding of the business sector you are working in.
  • A clear career path.
  • The opportunity to achieve industry-standard qualifications and even a degree!

Am I eligible for an Apprenticeship?

Applicants need to be at least 16 years of age, living in England and not taking part in full-time education.

How long does an apprenticeship take?

The duration of an apprenticeship depends on:

  • Your experience
  • Your knowledge
  • Your Skill levels
  • The business sector
  • The qualification

How much will I get paid?

The minimum wage for an apprentice is £4.15 per hour. This rate applies to those under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year of their apprenticeship. As an apprentice, you must be paid at least the minimum wage for your age if you’re aged 19 or over and have completed your first year.

Do I need to find an employer?

Yes, you have two options.

Option 1 - The best option is to find an employer yourself who wants to employ you as an apprentice. Once you have done this, simply provide us with the details. We will then contact your employer and handle all the administration so you can begin your apprenticeship at the earliest opportunity.

Option 2 - The GB MET recruitment team will try and find you an employer. The team will firstly invite you for an interview to fully assess your skills and aptitude for your preferred apprenticeship roles and do everything possible to find an employer with a current vacancy or one looking for an apprentice that fits the role you are looking for.

Whichever option applies, our recruitment team is here to guide you through every stage of the process.

Can I undertake an apprenticeship with my current employer?

Yes, discuss it with your employer and, if they agree and subject to conditions, you can become an apprentice where you now work.

What time of year can I start an apprenticeship?

You can apply at any time of the year. The start of your work-based training is dependent on your employer and all new Standard apprenticeships must include 20% off-the-job training.

What is off-the-job training?

Training that is delivered outside of an apprentice’s normal working duties.

Off-the-job refers to an apprentice learning outside a regular day-to-day work environment but within working hours.  This includes:

  • Practical activities such as shadowing a more skilled member of staff or ‘off-site’ visits to meet customers or attend a trade show
  • Theoretical activities such as online courses, attending seminars and role playing
  • Learning by writing reports and work-specific documents

Career and progression

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

Why choose an apprenticeship?

As apprenticeships are now offering routes to degree-level qualifications they have become an increasingly preferred career option.

It’s an organic/natural career choice as apprentices are often offered a permanent, full-time position by their employer once training is completed.

Certain business sectors offer excellent career potential and the opportunity to earn very competitive salaries.

As an apprentice, you get to work alongside experienced staff who will help you to develop job-specific skills – and earn a wage at the same time. Earn while you learn.

Many employers hold Apprenticeships in high regard because they offer real industry experience.

A successful Apprenticeship provides you with a qualification and the skills you need for your job.

Course fees

Cost for an employer:

For levy payers the maximum funding available for this course is £5000 which will be taken from your Levy account.

For non-levy payers you will be required to pay a 5% contribution (£250) and the remaining fees will be paid for from the government. If the apprentice is 16 to 18 and they start the course before their 19th birthday they are entitled to 100% of the funding with no contribution from the employer.

Wage for an apprentice:

The minimum wage for an apprentice is £4.15 per hour. This rate applies to those under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year of their apprenticeship. As an apprentice, you must be paid at least the minimum wage for your age if you’re aged 19 or over and have completed your first year.

The length of program based on someone working 30 hours per week, undertaking the programme for 12 months plus 3 months EPA – If working less than 30 hours per week, the length of the programme is adjusted in line with hours worked.

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