Bricklaying Apprenticeship

Qualification: Intermediate
Level 2

There are start dates for this apprenticeship throughout the year. Please apply and our apprenticeship team will be in contact with you to discuss.

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About this apprenticeship

This apprenticeship is suitable for you if you want to start a career or develop your existing skills in Brickwork.  A bricklaying apprenticeship is designed to develop the practical hand skills and technical knowledge required to work in the construction industry as a professional and competent bricklayer.  

What you will learn

  • Solid walling
  • Mixing of mortars and concrete
  • Blockwork
  • Brick inspection chambers
  • Cavity walling
  • Setting out building structures
  • Radial and battered brickwork
  • Feature and reinforced brickwork
  • Arches
  • How to work safely

There are three main Bricklaying orientated categories to this apprenticeship – Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours. More detailed information can be found on the apprenticeship standard document.

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What you will learn
  • Practical hand skills
  • Technical knowledge of bricklaying
  • Working under supervision
  • General building work
  • Brick and blockwork structures
  • Concreting and screening
  • Abrasive wheels training
  • Health and safety
Learning style

As an apprentice, you can expect to undertake work-based learning with an employer and to be paid a wage.

You will attend college on a block release to ensure you get the support you need to succeed. The rest of the training will take place in the workplace with in-house training by the employer and an assessor who will visit you on-site.


City College’s construction workshops provide a fantastic learning environment with industry standard equipment and purpose-built workshops where you can learn everything you need for you to begin your Bricklaying career. 

We also have industry expert tutors, who will be on hand to teach and guide you through and answer any questions you may have.

Entry requirements

Candidates will typically require a minimum of GCSE Grades of E/2, which must include English and maths.  You will need to provide evidence of this prior to starting your apprenticeship.  If you have not already achieved these in English and maths, you will be required to do so before completing your apprenticeship – we can help you with this.

To start an apprenticeship you will need an employer who is willing to take you on as an apprentice.  If you already have an employer please contact us.  If not, don't worry, you can see our current apprenticeship vacancies, which is regularly updated. 

Current Apprenticeship Vacancies

You must be eligible to work in the United Kingdom.

You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto an apprenticeship.

Course length & fees
  • Fees:
  • Course Length: 18 months
  • Campus:
Additional information

Information for Employers

Course Length and Fees

  • Fees: £9,000
  • Course Length: 30 months
  • Campus: Main

Off-the-job training

Each apprenticeship must include 20% off-the-job training, which amounts to 20% of the apprentice’s contracted employment hours across the whole apprenticeship.  Off-the-job training is any learning undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of the apprenticeship.  Examples of this would be shadowing colleagues, attending supplier meetings, taking external courses, Toolbox talks etc.

End Point Assessment

Each apprentice will need to undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA) at the end of their apprenticeship.  It measures the skills, knowledge and behaviours each apprentice has developed.  

An apprentice can only take this assessment once all other aspects of the apprenticeship have been completed.  An apprentice needs to be completely ready to take this assessment and the employer and assessor will decide when the time is right.  A declaration will be signed by both the employer, apprentice and assessor.  If the apprentice fails the assessment, then there will be a re-sit charge, which is generally paid by the employer.

The EPA Consists of 3 assessment methods:

1) Knowledge Test - multiple choice test, consisting of 40 questions. Test is 60 mins                                          

2) Skills Test - Practical observation, lasting 6hrs (1 working day)                                                                 

3) Verbal Questioning (underpinned by portfolio).  This will last for 35 mins

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