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 eg 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.
An apprenticeship is a paid job where the employee learns and gains valuable experiences. They are a great opportunity for people over the age of 16 in England who are early in their career, looking for a career-change, or looking to upskill in their current job.
Alongside on-the-job training, apprentices spend at least 6 of their working hours each week completing off the job training, usually at college, which leads to a nationally recognised qualification.
An apprenticeship includes:
● paid employment with holiday leave
● hands-on-experience in a sector/role of interest
● at least 6 hours off-the-job training
● formal assessment which leads to a nationally recognised qualification
Tameside college will work with you to find a suitable employer for your apprenticeship, or you may already have an employer who is willing to support you on your apprenticeship journey.
Apprentices must be paid at least the apprenticeship minimum wage. More information about the apprenticeship minimum wage can be found at https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates
Level 2 apprenticeships: 3 x GCSE grade 3 and minimum GCSE grade 1 in maths and English (or equivalent)
Level 3 apprenticeships: 4x GCSE grade 4 and minimum grade 3 in Maths and English (or equivalent)
You will be assessed for your apprenticeship at work by your visiting skills coach and for the knowledge/technical elements at college by your teacher. Evidence produced in the workplace for your apprenticeship programme will be continually assessed on an ongoing basis throughout your apprenticeship.
At the end of your apprenticeship you will sit an end point assessment (EPA). End-point assessments test the knowledge, skills and behaviours that an apprentice has gained during their training. Unique to each standard, EPA demonstrates the competence of an apprentice in their role. This competence is valued by current and future employers.
After completing an apprenticeship, you could continue to train for an advanced, higher, or degree level apprenticeship, or a related vocational qualification. Many people continue their progression with the same employer they undertook their apprenticeship with. Alternatively, on completion of a level 3 apprenticeship, you could go on to university.