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Bricklaying and Trowel Trades Courses at St. Edmunds Society

Course description

Hi, I’m Josh Smiley and I’m the bricklaying tutor at St-Eds. Let me tell you a little bit about how I got here and about my workshop.

I’m a former learner at St-Eds, having completed my Level 1 in Construction in 2015. I had such a fantastic learning experience and wanted to help other young people get the training they need to get into employment; so I was delighted when I was offered a job as the bricklaying tutor.

As an organisation we have students from a  variety of different backgrounds which we facilitate for and support on their learning journey.  For all students we will differentiate when needed to help them achieve their  learning goals.

In the bricklaying workshop we have a number of units available which help the learners towards achieving Entry Level Awards  through to full Diplomas.

Course content

005 Constructing a Half Brick Wall (Credits 3)
118 Constructing Block Walling (Credits 3)
119 Constructing Half Brick Returns Corners (Credits 4)
120 Constructing Cavity Walls in Brick and Block Work (Credits 4)
121 Constructing One Brick Walling (Credits 4)
These qualifications range from single skin wall to solid wall bricklaying. Our assessments allow our students to learn the basic skills involved in the trade, through to more challenging tasks as they progress on their learning journey.


Rendering the plasters job is to finish internal and external walls, floors and ceilings by applying different materials to produce a plumb, level finish.  This includes preparing the surface, render or plaster and applying the mix to the wall, this may require a number of coats and each coat may need to be set and keyed before the next is applied.


Assignment 008 Preparing Background Surfaces and Applying Render Coats

Assignment 125 Preparing Background Surfaces and Applying Finished Coats

Assignment 126 Mixing Materials and Applying a Floating Coat

Flagstones – Pavers (Brick Weave):

Paving is one of the oldest of all the construction trades. The use of residential paving has changed over recent years, originally they were used to keep your feet clean between the garden and the house.  A simple path of flagstones was sufficient to use but with the growth of modern gardens it has been an essential part of garden landscaping and can be a selling point for many properties.

At the Centre we are fortunate enough to have the resources available to teach the learners how to lay flagstones and pavers.  A skill they can take home, but also the industry are using flagstones and pavers to help make their housing developments more attractive.  We teach them how to lay a pathway in concrete flags so they can understand how to level and produce a flat surface by screeding, mainly using a notched and screed (as this is the preferred method) and ensures that levels are matched to the edge course.  How to lay pavers from a simple stretcher or running bond to a 90 degree herringbone, 45 degree herringbone to basket weave and many other shapes so they can enjoy and develop their skills.

We also talk about the design process, encouraging the students to go home, measure and area and come up with a design they could create.  The learners are expected to consider types of materials, the function of the area and choose the most appropriate type of paving to suit the purpose.

Learners are taught about the areas of measurement, bedding, mortars and concrete surface layers and much more. As with all our trades we like to facilitate them to exceed the skills needed to achieve the qualification.


Assignment 006 Laying Paving using Slabs

Assignment 122 Laying Block Paving

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St. Edmunds Society directly.

Last updated date: 09 December 2016

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