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Laying bricks, blocks and other types of building components in mortar to construct and repair walls, foundations, partitions, arches and other structures.
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.
Maximum funding is £9,000. We will agree a delivery plan and cost depending on the starting point of the learner.
English and Maths
If not already achieved, the apprentice will have to achieve Level 1 English and maths and take the test for level 2 prior to taking their end-point assessment.
Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours
A Standard contains a list of the skills, knowledge and behaviours an apprentice will need to have learned by the end of their apprenticeship.
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.
Customer service: The principles of good quality customer service. Establishing the needs of others. Respect the working environment including customers’ properties, impact on other trades and the project. Gaining and keeping a valued reputation within the industry.
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.
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.
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 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. Ensure thermal qualities, airtightness and ventilation are maintained. 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 profile.
Building technology: Select materials and resources to be able to set out and lay concrete, drainage and other substructure materials.
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. Show honesty and integrity, and undertake 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. Awareness and consideration of other trades. Keep work area clean and tidy. Provide good customer service. Consider the appropriate use of resources and personal actions in regards to environmental, social and economic factors and their impacts.
Effective communication: Oral, written, body language and presentation. Collaborate with others.
Self-motivated learner: Identify personal development needs and act 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.
On Programme Assessment
Training is delivered throughout the apprenticeship to develop the required knowledge, skills and behaviours. During this time the apprentice must compile a portfolio which will be used to underpin the Oral Questioning assessment.
The End Point Assessment should only start once the employer is satisfied that the apprentice is consistently working at or above the level set out in the occupational standard.
In addition, the apprentice must have completed the following gateway requirements prior to beginning EPA:
- English/mathematics at level 1 achieved
- English/mathematics at Level 2 attempted
- Portfolio of evidence competed and submitted to underpin Oral Questioning
End Point Assessment
The EPA consists of three assessment methods.
- Knowledge test
- Skills test
- Oral Questioning
1. Knowledge test
There are core knowledge areas which a Bricklayer needs to be able to recall from memory and put into practice. e.g. Health and Safety. This ass
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