Apprenticeship Construction Building (Trowel Occupations) (Level 2)
Construction, Planning and the Built Environment
What will you be working towards?
Apprenticeships are work-based courses which involve learning and gaining qualifications while working for an employer. An apprentice works at the employer's premises, gaining practical experience and skills while working towards a qualification which is relevant to their job. 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.
Foundations of Health & Safety; Health and safety management systems - Plan; Health and safety management systems - Do; Health and safety management systems - monitoring, investigation and recording - Check; Health and safety management systems - audit and review - Act; Workplace hazards and risk control; Transport hazards and risk control; Musculoskeletal hazards and risk control; Work equipment hazards and risk control; Electrical safety; Fire safety; Chemical and biological health hazards and risk control; Physical and psychological health hazards and risk control; Summary of the main legal requirements; Environmental, international and other aspects of health and safety. 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.
Apprentices must complete, or have previously completed recognised English and Mathematics Level 1 qualifications and aspire to achieve English and Mathematics Level 2 qualifications during the apprenticeship.