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Overview of apprenticeship

This course is designed for candidates who have completed the two year Apprenticeship programme in Bricklaying and wish to gain an Advanced Apprenticeship. All elements elements of the Advanced Apprenticeship framework will be covered including an NVQ3, Diploma Level 3, Functional Skills at Level 2 (exemptions apply), Employee Rights and Responsibilities.

Delivery Plan and Assessment

All Apprentices must spend 20% of their of their time on programme completing Off-The-Job training, this includes independent study, internal training, and any shadow shifts. For this Apprenticeship you will be required to attend West Suffolk College one day a week, excluding holidays. Apprentices will be supported by 1:1 meetings in the workplace by their dedicated Programme Tutor. Additional learning resources and information will be made available online to ensure a fully blended learning experience. Apprentices may be required to attend monthly sessions at a WSC location, or in their workplace.

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Where will this course take me?

Bricklaying has a wide range of opportunities that apprentices can be involved with a structured career path, such as new builds and refurbishments. This Apprenticeship might enable progression to Higher Apprenticeships in Construction. After gaining work experience in the chosen occupational area there are also opportunities to progress into occupational work supervision, management or technical support areas or undertake a Foundation degree.

Down to business, what can I do and what can I earn?

The minimum wage for apprentices is £4.15 per hour. However, the average wage for apprentices with WSC is £5.13 per hour.  Your wage is decided by your employer and most will look to reward excellent progress and completion of your apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

Whilst any entry requirements will be a matter for individual employers, typically an apprentice might be expected to have already achieved 5 GCSEs including Maths and English, Grade C or above or 4/5 (new grading). Some employers will accept other relevant qualifications and experience, including a relevant Level 2 qualification.

Qualifications

On completion of the apprenticeship, you will have achieved::

  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations (Construction).
  • Level 3 Diploma in Bricklaying or Trowel Occupations (Construction).
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths (if required).
  • Skills for Success - This module is designed by West Suffolk College to ensure you have all the personal skills and behaviours to succeed in the workplace.
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities.

How is this funded?

Learners

Apprentices are not required to contribute financially towards Apprenticeship training.

Employers

If you are an employer with an annual wage bill of £3 million or more, you will pay into an apprenticeship levy. This levy is then used to pay for the training element of the apprenticeship course.  The total figure for the Apprenticeship is negotiated before enrolment and once confirmed will be taken in monthly payments from your account directly to us or paid to us via invoice should additional fees be required.

If you are an employer with an annual wage bill of under £3 million, the Government will fund 95% of the training fee meaning you will be required to contribute 5%.  You may be required to contribute additional fees which we will invoice the company for.  The additional fees will be made known and negotiated prior to the Apprentice enrolment.

There are additional incentives available if you are a small employer (under 50) and if you train/recruit a 16-18 year old or 19-24 year old with an Education Health and Care Plan.

Contact us on 01284 716246 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details of costs and how Apprenticeships are funded.

Try out our apprenticeship levy calculator here

I'm interested. What should I do now?

You apply for an Apprenticeship in the same way you would apply for a job: find an apprenticeship vacancy, send in your CV or complete an application. We can help you with applications and give you interview advice. Please view the following page on our website to see our latest Apprenticeship vacancies.

Apprenticeship Vacancies: https://www.wsc.ac.uk/find-a-course/apprenticeships/vacancies

Alternatively, you can look on the GOV.UK website to see what other Apprenticeships vacancies may be available: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch

Employers - Please contact us to speak with a member of the Apprenticeship Team for more information and to organise a face to face visit.

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