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Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Construction Building — Trowel Occupations

Key course information

Construction and Trades


1 year


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Course Overview

The construction industry is one of the largest in the UK, with roles constantly developing and changing.Working as a bricklayer, your role could include laying the foundations and building a whole range and different structures, from domestic houses to car parks, hospitals or shopping centres.Often responsible for following complex plans from architects and civil engineers, you will work to detailed specifications to meet client requirements in a timely and efficient manner.

What will I learn?

This qualification supports the apprentice to attain enabling, fundamental and transferable practical skills with associated underpinning knowledge.

As an apprentice you will cover knowledge in three core subject areas:
•Health, safety and welfare
•Information, quantities and communication
•Construction technology

As an apprentice you will also learn key practical skills and knowledge in:
•Set out masonry structures
•Construct solid walling incorporating isolated and attached piers
•Construct cavity walling forming masonry structures
•Construct masonry cladding
•Construct thin joint masonry

Entry Requirements

A minimum of GCSE grade C in English and Maths.
All applicants will be required to pass initial assessments in Maths, English and ICT.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

An advanced apprenticeship in Trowel Occupations you can take up to 24 months to complete, depending on your previous experience and current job role.

You will need to attend college for two days per week in the first year and one day per week in the second year, as well as a number of NVQ portfolio days which will be timetabled at the start of your programme.

This qualification requires the apprentice to demonstrate, in a real workplace environment, that you are competent against a set of performance statements. You are assessed by an occupationally competent and qualified assessor whose job is to work with you and help you through your programme of learning.

Additional Costs and Information

To assist you during your apprenticeship, you may be required to purchase some equipment and resources to support you during your course.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Construction and Trades

Career Opportunities

  • Bricklayer
  • Installation Electrician
  • Painter or Decorator

  • Plumber
  • Carpenter
  • Fitter

An average salary in June 2019 for a bricklayer was £36,678

Two-thirds of construction companies claim they struggled to hire a carpenter due to a shortage of skilled workers

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