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Apprenticeship Standard - Level 2 Bricklayer

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Course Description

Bricklaying is a core function within the construction sector, particularly the house building sector.

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.


Level 2 Bricklayer Apprenticeship

Entry Requirements

Individual employers will identify any relevant entry requirements in terms of previous qualifications.

Initial assessment and diagnostic testing on English and maths will take place prior to commencement of the apprenticeship (Unless already achieved A-C, 4-9 GCSE or equivalent English & maths).

Apprentices without Level 1 English and Maths will need to achieve this prior to taking the end-point assessment.



Understand different communication methods - how to communicate in a clear, articulate and appropriate manner. How to adapt communication style to different situations

Know how to set out and build brickwork, including complex arches and surrounding brickwork, curved on plan, concave and convex brickwork and battered brickwork

Know how to 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

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 to check that courses are straight, horizontally and vertically, and laid to a gauge

Block laying. Cavity walling to include openings, brick inspection chambers, joint finishes, set out a square, set out to a gauge rod and/or profiles

Determine quality and quantities of building material including mix ratios of mortar and concrete. Areas and volumes of materials and resources

Be reliable, productive, efficient and quality focussed in work and in personal standards to current industrial standards

Identify personal development needs and take action to meet those needs. Keep up-to-date with best practice and new technology

Conscientious, punctual, enthusiastic, reliable and professional including appearance


On completion of this standard, apprentices can progress into a wide range of employment opportunities or further

Furthermoer, the apprentice will have satisfied the requirements to obtain a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Card at the appropriate level.

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