You will be equipped with bricklaying skills at an advanced level, completing more complex and challenging tasks while gaining a broader overview of project management. You will also develop supervisory skills to improve your career prospects within the construction industry.
Offers of a place on the course are dependent on qualifications and practical aptitude, and you will need GCSE Maths and English at grade C (4) or above.
Following a successful interview and initial assessment, you will be allocated a place to study the practical and theoretical elements of advanced bricklaying. Parents and carers are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment.
You will study:
Practical and theoretical tests will be delivered throughout the programme of study.
As well as improving your practical abilities, you will develop your skills in maths and English, which will support your main programme of study, enhance your life skills and help with your future career progression.
Assessment is via observation of practical work. You may be required to undertake real trade projects on which you will also be assessed. Your maths and English skills will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.
You will need to supply your own safety footwear. A small charge may be made for any other Personal Protective Equipment required to complete the course.
You can progress to a Professional Construction qualification as a full-time learner. If you continue your studies, you will develop your literacy and numeracy skills further.
There is the potential to enter an apprenticeship or employment in the construction industry, specialising in trowel occupations
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.