The Advanced Apprenticeship in Trowel Occupations (Bricklaying) covers:
You should have completed an intermediate apprenticeship framework in Trowel Occupations (Bricklaying) at Level 2 within your trade area and achieved your Functional Skills in English and Maths.
You will study:
Practical and theoretical tests will be delivered throughout the programme of study.
Assessment is through observation of practical work and additional on-site assessments are required to complete the NVQ Level 3. You may be required to undertake real trade projects on which you will also be assessed.
Maths and English skills will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.
You will be allocated an assessor who will visit you on site and discuss your progress with you and your employer.
You will need to supply your own safety footwear and any other personal protective equipment you may need. The College will supply tools and other equipment needed but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.
You can progress to professional construction qualifications as a full-time, part-time or apprentice learner or you can continue to advance your career within the industry.
Teenager Lewis Cottle says switching direction to an apprenticeship course is helping to "set me up for life". Seventeen-year-old Lewis was one of two applicants chosen by Ilkeston-based Belfield Furnishings to be taken on to work in its maintenance team. Lewis, who lives in Ilkeston, said he was impressed by a presentation by the company at college.
He decided to apply so he could learn a variety of trades. Richard Newby, HSE and maintenance manager at Belfield, said Lewis's application was one of those which stood out and he was one of two candidates taken on. Lewis has now switched from a Level 1 Brickwork course to study towards a Level 2 Diploma in Maintenance.
He is studying one day a week at college and learning the ropes with Belfield on the remaining four working days. Richard Newby, Belfield's HSE and maintenance manager said the company's aim was to "invest time and training so our apprentices gain the skills they need to be part of the team for the long haul." He added: "We're pleased to have them on board."
At college the teachers show you the easiest and best ways to do a job. They really help if you are struggling with something.
I like the job because it's actually doing something real. If you do it, like a factory floor, it's here for the next 30 years or more. It's an achievement.
It's great having some money coming in to save up. I can manage my money better to help set me up in life.