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Apprenticeship Standard
L2 Bricklayer

The L2 bricklayer apprenticeship is for someone who's just starting their career in construction or wants to brush up on their skills in their current role. Or it could be for someone who wants to change roles completely and move into bricklaying.

Professional Qualification:
Level 2 Bricklayer
Functional Skills

L1 Maths & English

Duration

Typically 24-30 months + End Point Assessment

Entry requirements

Entry requirements will be determined by individual employers.

Individuals without English or maths at Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE A-C or 4-9) must achieve this prior to taking the end point assessment.

Typical job roles
  • Laying bricks, blocks and other types of building components in mortar to construct and repair walls, foundations, partitions, arches and other structures.

Role profile

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.

Delivery model

Each and every business is different, which is why we offer a range of delivery options - face-to-face support, online learning and residential modules. All are designed to meet the requirements of the specific apprenticeship standard- ensuring each apprentice develops the skills, knowledge and behaviours specified.

E-portfolio systems will be used from sign-up through to completion to minimise the use of paper, allowing our Business Coaches to track learner progress on an ongoing basis to achieve timely completions.

Professional registration and progression

On completion of this Apprenticeship, the apprentice will have satisfied the requirements to obtain a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Card at the appropriate level.

Apprenticeship Standards are made up of three key elements:

Knowledge
  • Technical knowledge
  • Know-how
Skills
  • Practical application of the Knowledge
  • Learnt through a combination of on and off the job training
Behaviours
  • Mindsets, attitudes and approaches required for competence
  • Behaviours tend to be transferable (between levels)
Knowledge
Business Awareness
  • Understands the transactional processes and support provided by accountancy firms or the accounting function within an organisation

  • Understands their organisation's business strategy including customer and supplier needs, in order to produce relevant and compliant financial information

  • Is aware of how their role fits in with the wider organisation and sector they are working in.

Health and safety

Health and safety hazards, current regulations and legislation including COSHH/risk assessments and understanding the importance of method statements. Codes of practice and safe working practices, including asbestos awareness and correct use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Customer service

The principles of high quality customer service. Establishing the needs of others (colleagues, customers and other stakeholders). Respect the working environment including customers’ properties, impact on other trades and the project. Gaining and keeping a valued reputation in industry with clients, colleagues and industry representatives such as suppliers and manufacturers.

Communication

Different communication methods. How to communicate in a clear, articulate and appropriate manner. How to adapt communication style to different situations.

Buildings

Different eras, types of construction methods, insulation considerations, sustainability, facilities management, fire, moisture and air protection. Fireplaces and chimneys. Damp proof courses and the use of brick ties. An awareness of the location of trees and services, and their impact on foundation types.

Energy efficiency

The importance and considerations of thermal qualities, airtightness and ventilation to buildings.

Materials

Types of materials, their uses and their value. Types of bonds and their uses. Concrete and drainage. Cost awareness and environmental considerations/waste awareness e.g. surface water management and recycling.

Alternative construction techniques

Modern methods of construction, rapid build technology, alternative block, masonry, steel and timber based cladding systems.

Radial and battered brickwork

Set out and build brickwork, including complex arches and surrounding brickwork, curved on plan, concave and convex brickwork and battered brickwork.

Feature and reinforced brickwork

Set out and build brickwork, including complex decorative features, obtuse/acute angle quoins and reinforced brickwork

Fireplaces and chimneys

Select materials and resources required to set out and build fireplaces and chimneys using materials such as hearths, plinths, flue liners, chimney pots and other modern methods.

Skills
Preparation of materials

Determine quality and quantities of building material including mix ratios of mortar and concrete. Areas and volumes of materials and resources.

Safe working

Adhere to relevant health and safety legislation, codes of practice and apply safe working practices, including when working at heights. Safe use of ‘disc cutters’ and power cutters.

Working area

Select appropriate tools, equipment and materials (eg trowel, levels, brick ties, DPC, insulation, mixers, lintels etc) for use when setting out and erecting masonry walling . Maintain a clean working environment.

Masonry structures

Interpret drawings and specifications. Measure the work area and set out level first courses of bricks to a plan, including bonds for openings and the damp course. Mix mortar by hand or with a mechanical mixer. Lay bricks to set dimensions and apply mortar with a trowel to completion. Shape and trim bricks/blocks using hammers, chisels and power tools. Use of laser levels, spirit levels, optical levels and string lines to check that courses are straight, horizontally and vertically, and laid to a gauge. Ensure thermal qualities, airtightness and ventilation are maintained. Remove waste materials. Repair and renew masonry structures.

Radial and battered brickwork

Set out and build brickwork, including simple arches and surrounding brickwork.

Feature and reinforced brickwork

Set out and build brickwork, including common decorative features such as oversailing courses and simple corbels.

Other brickwork

Block laying. Cavity walling to include openings, brick inspection chambers, joint finishes, set out a square, set out to a gauge rod and/or profiles.

Building technology

Select materials and resources to be able to set out and lay concrete, drainage and other substructure materials.

Behaviours
Positive and mature attitude

Conscientious, punctual, enthusiastic, reliable and professional including appearance. Take responsibility for personal judgements and actions. Be aware of the limits of personal competence. Show drive and energy in fulfilling requirements of role, including deadlines and being proactive not reactive. Show honesty and integrity by developing the trust of customers and colleagues and undertaking responsibilities in an ethical and empathetic manner. Demonstrate awareness of equality and diversity in all aspects of role.

Quality focused

Be reliable, productive, efficient and quality focussed in work and in personal standards to current industrial standards. Awareness and consideration of other trades eg build walls in a way that allows for pipes and electrical wiring. Keep work area clean and tidy. Provide good customer service. Give consideration to the appropriate use of resources and personal actions in regards to environmental, social and economic factors and their impacts.

Effective communication

Oral (including listening), written, body language and presentation. Collaborate with others, eg colleagues, clients, architects, contract managers, other trades, clients, suppliers and the public regardless of differences in race, gender, sexual orientation, or other characteristics.

Self-motivated learner

Identify personal development needs and take action to meet those needs. Keep up-to-date with best practice and new technology. Show initiative to independently complete work and solve problems by seeking out critical information.

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