Bricklayers lay bricks, blocks and other types of building components in mortar to construct and repair walls, foundations, partitions, arches and other structures. Bricklaying is a core function within the construction sector and with Government targets to build significantly more new homes over the coming years the demand for bricklayers has never been higher. This can be a physically demanding apprenticeship and you must be prepared to work outside in all weathers.
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 trades.
Within this Apprenticeship, you will have training sessions at City College Plymouth one day a week, term-time, to give you the skills and knowledge required to succeed in the industry. You will also receive direct training from the business you are employed by for your Apprenticeship who will work with the College to ensure you are reaching your maximum potential via regular workplace observations and reviews.
An Apprenticeship is broken down into three learning categories – skills, knowledge and
behaviours. For the Level 2 Bricklayer Apprenticeship you will cover the following…
- Positive and mature attitude: Conscientious, punctual, enthusiastic, reliable and professional including appearance
- Quality focused: Be reliable, productive, efficient and quality focussed in work and in personal standards to current industrial standards
- Effective communication: Oral (including listening), written, body language and presentation. Collaborate with others, eg colleagues, clients, architects, contract managers, other trades, clients, suppliers and the public
- Self-motivated learner: Identify personal development needs and take action to meet those needs
- Preparation of materials: Determine quality and quantities of building material including mix ratios of mortar and concrete
- Safe working: Adhere to relevant health and safety legislation, codes of practice and apply safe working practices
- Working area: Select appropriate tools, equipment and materials for use when setting out and erecting masonry walling
- Masonry structures: Interpret drawings and specifications. Measure the work area and set out level first courses of bricks to a plan, including bonds for openings and the damp course.
- Mix mortar; Lay bricks; Shape and trim bricks/blocks; Use levels. Remove waste materials. Repair and renew masonry structures
- Radial and battered brickwork: Set out and build brickwork, including simple arches and
- Feature and reinforced brickwork: Set out and build brickwork
- Other brickwork: Block laying. Cavity walling to include openings, brick inspection chambers, joint finishes, set out a square, set out to a gauge rod and/or profiles
- Building technology: Select materials and resources to be able to set out and lay concrete, drainage and other substructure materials
- Health and safety: Health and safety hazards, current regulations and legislation including COSHH/risk assessments and understanding the importance of method statements
- Customer service: The principles of high quality customer service. Establishing the needs of others (colleagues, customers and other stakeholders). Respect the working environment including customers’ properties, impact on other trades and the project
- Gaining and keeping a valued reputation in industry with clients, colleagues and industry representatives such as suppliers and manufacturers
- Communication: Different communication methods. How to communicate in a clear, articulate and appropriate manner
- Buildings: Different eras, types of construction methods, insulation considerations, sustainability, facilities management, fire, moisture and air protection. Fireplaces and chimneys. Damp proof courses and the use of brick ties. An awareness of the location of trees and services, and their impact on foundation types
- Energy efficiency: The importance and considerations of thermal qualities, airtightness and ventilation to buildings
- Materials: Types of materials, their uses and their value. Types of bonds and their uses. Concrete and drainage. Cost awareness and environmental considerations/waste awareness e.g. surface water management and recycling
- Alternative construction techniques: Modern methods of construction, rapid build technology, alternative block, masonry, steel and timber based cladding systems
- Radial and battered brickwork: Set out and build brickwork, including complex arches and surrounding brickwork, curved on plan, concave and convex brickwork and battered brickwork
- Feature and reinforced brickwork: Set out and build brickwork, including complex decorative features, obtuse/acute angle quoins and reinforced brickwork
- Fireplaces and chimneys: Select materials and resources required to set out and build fireplaces and chimneys using materials such as hearths, plinths, flue liners, chimney pots and other modern methods
You will be taught, guided and assessed on the above topics over the duration of your Apprenticeship to prepare for your achievement. This will be done via tutor practical sessions and visits at the workplace from your designated assessor who will ensure you are competent in the job you are doing.
To undertake this Apprenticeship you will be required to undergo an assessment with the course tutor. This is nothing to worry about! The tutor will have a conversation with you in order to assess your employability skills and your keenness to learn. They will also want to find out about any prior knowledge you may have. The assessment may include a practical task and a short workbook of basic questions about the industry.
If you do not already hold a GCSE at a grade 4-9 (A-C) or Functional Skill (level 1 – 2) in English and maths then you will be asked to complete a short assessment to determine what level you are currently working at. The results from this, combined with your tutor meeting, will ascertain whether we will be able to accept you onto an Apprenticeship and work with you to find an employer to begin your learning journey.
In order to achieve your Apprenticeship you will need to complete an end-point assessment. The end-point assessment is the name given to a series of tests you must take to prove your ability to do the job you have been training for. These tests take place at the end of the Apprenticeship following a period of training and development.
The end-point assessment process will take place during the final 3-months of the apprenticeship and consists of three assessment methods: multiple choice test, a practical observation and a final review interview supported by the apprentice’s evidence portfolio.
On completion of the Apprenticeship, the individual will be recognised as competent to perform in the role of a Bricklayer. This will be achieved by passing the end-point assessment. There are many options available upon completion of a Bricklayer Apprenticeship including progressing into full time employment with a construction company, working as a self employed Bricklayer or progressing onto a Construction Site Supervisor Apprenticeship.
By applying for this position you will go through the College’s assessments and once successful, you will be assigned a Business Engagement Officer who will guide you into employment by supporting you to find the best suited workplace.