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Qualification type: Intermediate Apprenticeship
Level: Level 2
Awarding body Cskills
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date September 2018
Duration 2 years
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Apprenticeship

Course overview

A Construction Apprenticeship usually lasts between 2 and 4 years depending on what level of qualification you're studying for. During this time you will be allocated an Apprenticeship officer to support and guide you through your training programme.

As an Apprentice, you will:

- be in full time employment
- gain a nationally recognised qualification
- get hands-on experience to help you develop the skills you need to kick start a successful career.

On the job training, which is typically 4 days a week, is structured and agreed with your employer to ensure you learn the right skills.

Off the job training is arranged for you at college. You will complete this training on a day release basis, typically over one day per week.

If you are already with an employer, then an Apprenticeship is an ideal work-based learning qualification. It is an ideal way for you to ‘earn whilst you learn!’

If you have not achieved a C grade or above in English or maths, you will as part of your course be required to work towards this as part of your study programme.  You will be given the opportunity to go on work experience at certain times during your course.

* This Apprenticeship can be delivered through Darlington College or CITB.

Entry requirements

You will need to have 4 GCSEs at grades D-E including maths and English.

There are a number of ways for you to enter an apprenticeship programme. You could progress on to one from any of these routes:

  • GCSEs achieved in school or college
  • Experience Construction Initiative
  • Pathways to Construction
  • Young Apprenticeship Scheme in Construction (14-16)
  • Construction and Built Environment Diploma (14-19)
  • Functional Skills in English and maths
  • Key Skills in Application of Number and Communication
  • Foundation Learning Tier (a craft occupation at Level 1)
  • Women and Work Sector Pathways initiative (W&WSPI)
  • Construction Youth Trust which supports young people's journey to work
  • Skills for Work Construction Crafts courses
  • National Progression Award (prevocational or pre-apprenticeship courses) at college
  • Get Ready for Work or Training for Work programmes
  • Projects like Youthbuild which support young people's journey to work.

You'll also need to have a suitable level of physical fitness to do some jobs as they involve moving and handling resources, placing and fixing materials.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

Within this apprenticeship framework you will cover a series of units including:

National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)

  • Conform to General Workplace, Health, Safety and Welfare in the workplace
  • Conform to Productive Work Practices in the workplace
  • Move and Handle or Store Resources in the workplace
  • Erect masonry structures in the workplace
  • Set out masonry structures in the workplace

Optional - choose one from:

  • Erect masonry cladding in the workplace
  • Lay domestic drainage in the workplace
  • Erect thin joint masonry structures in the workplace
  • Place and finish non-specialist concrete in the workplace
  • Plaster and render surfaces in the workplace
  • Maintain slate and tile roofing in the workplace

Diploma Level 2 course:

  • Carry out safe working practices in construction
  • Knowledge of: information, quantities and communicating with others
    building methods and construction technology
    interpret working drawings to set out masonry structures
    thin joint masonry and masonry cladding
    build solid walling, isolated and attached piers
    build cavity walling forming masonry structures
    technical drawing
    health and safety
  • Functional Skills in maths and English
  • Introduction to employment rights and responsibilities
  • Knowledge questions and a practical phase tests are also part of the qualification framework.
Things you may need

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Health and safety are of paramount importance in the construction industry and we place a great emphasis on this part of your education . If you enrol on, and undertake any course in the construction department you will be required to provide and wear at all times (in the college site area and whilst surveying) mandatory PPE as follows:

    1. Approved protective footwear with ankle support (Rigger type boots are not allowed)
    2. Approved safety glasses
    3. Approved hi-visibility vest

It is also expected that you will attend college in suitable work wear / clothes; it will be possible to order this directly with suppliers during college enrolment.

What next

Once you complete and achieve your Level 2 Apprenticeship, you could progress on to a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Bricklaying.

Information, advice and support

Most apprentices follow a Traditional Apprenticeship route, which combines college attendance with learning on site.

As part of your apprenticeship, you will achieve an NVQ which is the main qualification to show you can do your job. You can also use this to qualify for one of the industry card schemes, which are essential for getting on site.

The following qualifications will also be part of your apprenticeship:

  • England - NVQ Diploma, Functional or Key Skills and Employment Rights and Responsibilities

CITB-ConstructionSkills provides the best practical support to make everything as simple as possible. They can help with costs and advice by assigning one of their apprenticeship officers to make it as easy as possible.

CITB-ConstructionSkills do not offer employment, but can offer you guidance about looking for work and notify you of any vacancies that they are aware of.

Once a construction company offers you an apprenticeship you can get on with earning and learning.

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

Enquiry Form

If you have any questions about this course, send us a message using the form below.