This course meets the needs of students who have gained an apprenticeship position in trowel trades (bricklaying). It allows them to learn, develop and practise the skills required for their employment. It also contributes knowledge and understanding towards the related Diploma in Trowel Occupations, which involves further brickwork understanding.
This course is delivered in conjunction with the apprentice's employer and support is given to ensure specific training is available to meet all needs.
You should have gained employment as an apprentice with a construction or building company.
A GCSE grade D/3 or above in English and Maths, a Pass or above in a Construction-based course or an equivalent qualification are desirable, although not always required. You will undertake a skills test in literacy and numeracy.
A commitment to your own learning and performance in a working environment is essential.
You will be assessed by completing College-based practical and theory assessments as you work towards your full apprenticeship programme. You will also build an NVQ portfolio of evidence on your site-based experience. You will be visited by your allocated assessor at your place of work and discussions with your employer will form supportive evidence of your achievements.
You will undertake tests in literacy and numeracy as part of your apprenticeship framework.
You need safety boots and Personal Protective Equipment, such as a hard hat and overalls, which should be supplied by your employer.
You can progress to the Advanced Apprenticeship in Trowel Occupations (Bricklaying) providing you pass your:
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.