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Brickwork - Manx Craft Apprenticeship at Isle of Man College

Course description

These apprenticeships combine studying for a Construction Diploma at Level 1 & 2 and National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) at levels 2 and/or 3, with site-based experience. The scheme is run in collaboration with the Department of Economic Development's Training Services, which provides the apprentice/employer with grant support for the period of the apprenticeship.

Most people are aware of the Bricklayer's role in the Construction Industry, but they will not appreciate all the different types of materials that Bricklayers use or the different effects they can create. Bricklayers need to understand how to make the best of their materials and how to achieve particular performance requirements. As a Bricklayer, you will work outdoors and must not mind working at heights. You should also be physically fit - able to lift weights and climb ladders, and be prepared to move from site to site. You have to be careful, accurate and be able to follow detailed instructions from architects and others.

Course content

Both the Construction Diploma and NVQ courses involves the study of theoretical knowledge and the development of practical skills that enable you to perform to industrial standards in a specific craft occupation.

Students with GCSE grades of E or lower in English/Maths will undertake Functional Skill lessons as part of their apprenticeship. Students that have a GCSE grade D in English/Maths will be expected to re-sit the relevant subject

Entry requirements

You must be in employment and registered with the Department of Economic Development.

You will need to have a minimum of 2 GCSEs grade D including English or equivalent (e.g. City & Guilds 6219 at merit grade and English functional skills at level 2).

A formal recruitment and selection process is undertaken by all applicants wishing to join the apprenticeship programme. This includes an aptitude test leading to a formal interview. All applications are adminstered by the Department of Economic Development and numbers on each craft course are strictly limited. The closing date for applications is the end of January, for a September start at the College, to allow for aptitude testing and interviews.


The Diploma has a series of formal theory tests throughtout the year culminating with the final exams in the theory and practical aspects of the course. Once the Diploma is completed students progress onto their NVQ.
During the NVQ you will be continally assesed on the theory and practical competence throughout the course, building a portfolio of evidence that also includes any practical you have undertaken in the workplace.

Future opportunities

  • Level 3 Craft Activities.
  • National Certificate.
  • Employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Isle of Man College directly.

Last updated date: 19 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September


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