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Bricklaying Intermediate Apprenticeship at Darlington College

Course description

A Construction Apprenticeship usually lasts between 2 and 4 years depending on where you're based and what level of qualification you're studying for. During this time you will be allocated an Apprenticeship officer to support and guide you through your training programme.

As an Apprentice, you will:

- be in full time employment
- gain a nationally recognised qualification
- get hands-on experience to help you develop the skills you need to kick start a successful career

On the job training is structured and agreed with your employer to ensure you learn the right skills.

Off the job training is arranged for you at college. You can complete this training on day release or over a number of days in a series of blocks.

If you are already with an employer, then an Apprenticeship is an ideal work-based learning qualification. It is an ideal way for you to ‘earn whilst you learn!’

If you have not achieved a C grade or above in English or maths, you will as part of your course be required to work towards this as part of your study programme.  You will be given the opportunity to go on work experience at certain times during your course.

To develop your employability opportunities you may also be given enrichment classes. This may focus upon additional qualifications, industrial updating and career preparation.

Course content

National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)

  • Conform to General Workplace, Health, Safety and Welfare in the workplace
  • Conform to Productive Work Practices in the workplace
  • Move and Handle or Store Resources in the workplace
  • Erect masonry structures in the workplace
  • Set out masonry structures in the workplace

Optional - choose one from:

  • Erect masonry cladding in the workplace
  • Lay domestic drainage in the workplace
  • Erect thin joint masonry structures in the workplace
  • Place and finish non-specialist concrete in the workplace
  • Plaster and render surfaces in the workplace
  • Maintain slate and tile roofing in the workplace

Diploma Level 2 course:

  • Carry out safe working practices in construction
  • Knowledge of: information, quantities and communicating with others
  • Building methods and construction technology
  • Interpret working drawings to set out masonry structures
  • Thin joint masonry and masonry cladding
  • Build solid walling, isolated and attached piers
  • Build cavity walling forming masonry structures
  • Technical drawing
  • CSkills CSCS Health & Safety
  • Functional Skills in Maths and English
  • Introduction to Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Knowledge questions and a practical phase tests are also part of the qualification framework

Entry requirements

You will need to have 4 GCSEs at grades D-E including maths and English.

There are a number of ways for you to enter an apprenticeship programme. You could progress on to one from any of these routes:

  • GCSEs achieved in school or college
  • Experience Construction Initiative
  • Pathways to Construction
  • Young Apprenticeship Scheme in Construction (14-16)
  • Construction and Built Environment Diploma (14-19)
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths
  • Key Skills in Application of Number and Communication
  • Foundation Learning Tier (a craft occupation at Level 1)
  • Women and Work Sector Pathways initiative (W&WSPI)
  • Construction Youth Trust which supports young people's journey to work
  • Skills for Work Construction Crafts courses
  • National Progression Award (prevocational or pre-apprenticeship courses) at college
  • Get Ready for Work or Training for Work programmes
  • Projects like Youthbuild which support young people's journey to work.

You'll also need to have a suitable level of physical fitness to do some jobs as they involve moving and handling resources, placing and fixing materials.

Future opportunities

If you are a Level 2 Apprentice you could progress on to a Level 3 Apprenticeship.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darlington College directly.

Last updated date: 08 March 2016
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