7 Week Professional NVQ Bricklaying Course
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As we are open 7 days - Courses can be completed either through the week (Mon-Fri) or at weekends (Sat-Sun) – All Course Times are: 08.30am - 16.30pm
A deposit will secure a course start date and any balance can be paid on the start date or spread over the period of your training – Interest Free!
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Able Skills has their own accommodation available at £20 per night for those of you who are travelling longer distances to train with us.
NVQs declare competency, they state that you are proficient at what you do for a living and that you carry out your work in the right manner, safely and to an excellent finish.
So where do you start in order to reach such a level of competence?
The answer is that you start with training; being taught to do the job of your choice to a standard that is acceptable in your industry and with a qualification which underpins the fact that you have been trained.
Able Skills has developed a 7 week training plan for those of you looking to change career and train as Bricklayers, receiving a bricklaying qualification along the way and building on that to work towards bricklaying NVQ achievement.
Able Skills primary aim is to offer everyone the opportunity to gain skills in a specific area and we work hard to ensure that this can be achieved.
We have structured this particular bricklaying training programme to reflect reality and to ensure that as students, you leave having been taught to bricklaying industry standards by a training centre which has the staff and facilities to be able to deliver that little bit extra.
Due to popular demand, Able Skills has now allocated an entire training centre to learning all aspects of bricklaying skills and in depth training to develop a full understanding of all site related health and safety.
At Able Skills we promise to deliver the correct method of training to enable you to achieve NVQ Level 2
We have devised a 7 week Bricklaying training course which will provide you with a City & Guilds Construction Certificate with a bricklaying bias and a very in depth understanding of what is required to gain a bricklaying NVQ. We will also ensure you have a full understanding of portfolio building and evidence gathering.
You will understand what the correct path to gaining bricklaying qualifications (NVQs) is:
Key points are:
1. Quality bricklaying training, good enough and detailed enough to set you up with the required bricklaying industry skills.
2. A bricklaying qualification which will be your entry into your chosen industry
3. Training on all bricklaying NVQ units
4. Learner pack
Our bricklaying training has been developed to help you fully understand how to gather work based evidence, how to enlist the help of an onsite recorder, how to record photographic evidence and so on.
When you have completed the 7 weeks, we have no doubt that your skill level will enable you to find work within the bricklaying industry and immediately start to gather the evidence which will award you your bricklaying NVQ. We are so confident in the ability of the students who commit to 7 weeks of bricklaying training that we will:
Pay for the CSCS test - the aim of the CSCS test is to examine knowledge across a wide range of health and safety topics in order to improve safety and productivity on site.
Register you with the Construction Awards Alliance as someone who is working towards achieving a Bricklaying NVQ.
CSCS test and bricklaying NVQ registration combined will allocate you with an Experienced Worker CSCS card which will enable you to access sites. Once the bricklaying NVQ is achieved, the Experienced Worker card becomes a Skilled Worker Card which remains valid for 5 years.
We are aware that there are many training providers who are advertising that you can achieve NVQs within 10 or 15 days, this simply isn’t possible. You cannot expect to be close to being competent enough in just 10 or 15 days and to believe that you would be is just setting yourself up for disappointment. Please choose your Training Provider carefully.
This bricklaying course can be covered over a period to suit you and you can train for 7 consecutive weeks, divide your weeks up or even incorporate some weekend training if you have ongoing weekly commitments.
This is a hands-on, practical bricklaying course, it is therefore recommended that you bring suitable clothing and for your own safety, steel capped footwear is essential. All other PPE, tools and materials will be provided throughout your training period.
NVQs are assessments carried out at work to establish your skill level and to establish just how competent you are in your Bricklaying abilities and this is why we are providing you with 7 weeks of training in total preparation for this NVQ process.
In this period of 7 weeks, you will gain a City & Guilds bricklaying Certificate which will act as your underpinning knowledge, followed by NVQ achievement training which will provide you with the opportunity to undertake Bricklaying in areas similar to that which you would find in reality.
NVQ’s cannot be obtained in a training facility, they can only be gained once you are working within the Bricklaying industry and these 7 weeks will provide what you need to get into the industry!
Here, we explain the requirements and Able Skills bricklaying training plans in order for you to achieve the City & Guilds 6218 Certificate and preparation for NVQ assessment:
To achieve (and exceed) the 13 credits needed for the Bricklaying Certificate you must complete all of the below units.
Unit 006 - Introducing levelling in construction - Check the accuracy of levelling equipment and transfer levels using a spirit level and straight edge.
Unit 009 - Introducing brickwork skills - Construct cavity wall and joint brick and block work
Unit 110 - Developing brickwork skills - install ventilation, insulation, wall ties, form stopped ends, lay to building line and joint.
Unit 111 - Developing quoin skills - Dry bonding and construction of different styles of brick quoins.
Unit 116 - Developing blockwork skills - Construct blockwork, install lintel, wall ties, insulation and form stopped ends and cavity closer including VDPC.
Unit 205 – Expanding brickwork skills - Set out, gauge, level and plumb, construct cavity wall and detailing of brick/block walling.
This particular bricklaying award is incredibly hands on and will provide you with plenty of Bricklaying knowledge and confidence and will go some way to preparing you for the bricklaying industry. As the C&G bricklaying Certificate alone is not enough basis for the NVQ process, we provide an additional 2 weeks of Bricklaying training as detailed below.
Full Route: QUA 813 – Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations (Construction) - Bricklaying
This is the bricklaying award which we will be providing training in and encouraging you to achieve once you are working within the Bricklaying industry. As well as an abundance of practical training in life size areas, we will provide you with a bricklaying learner pack for study at your own leisure.
This learning pack will cover every area required to complete the bricklaying NVQ units and will be something that you can retain for years to come. During the entire 7 weeks we will ensure you have a detailed understanding of all of the units which go together to make up a bricklaying NVQ On Site.
The Full Route to achieve a Bricklaying NVQ is made up of the following:
QCF 01 - Conforming to general safety in the workplace
QCF 02 - Conforming to efficient working practices in the workplace
QCF 03 - Moving and handling resources in the workplace
QCF 40 - Erecting masonry structures in the workplace
QCF 41 - Setting out masonry structures in the workplace
Supported by ONE optional unit from:
QCF 42 - Erecting masonry cladding in the workplace
QCF 43 - Laying domestic drainage in the workplace
QCF 44 - Erecting thin joint masonry structures in the workplace
QCF 45 - Placing and finishing non specialist concrete in the workplace
QCF 50 - Repairing and maintaining masonry structures in the workplace
During each NVQ Bricklaying unit you will have to demonstrate areas of the generic units which are:
You will need to ensure that you have evidence of these units within the portfolio you will be building and so training for these will be provided.
The areas to be covered will include:
• Health & Safety / First Aid
• SSOW (safe system of work)
• Correct use of tools and electrical equipment
• Ordering, storing and use of materials
• Safe correct use of Cement Mixer
• Good housekeeping
• Use and safety of scaffolding and ladders
• Identifying appropriate materials
• Site supervision and management
Training for these units will be completed using practical bricklaying training, theory classes and handouts to assist you in your understanding of what is required of you whilst in the work place. During each further Bricklaying unit you undertake to achieve the NVQ, you will have to demonstrate areas of the generic units QCF01 / QCF02 / QCF03.
The next 2 units are also mandatory to achieve a Bricklaying NVQ, we will therefore also use the 2 extra weeks to assess the necessary competencies required to achieve:
QCF40 – Erecting masonry structures in the workplace - This unit is about: – interpreting information – adopting safe and healthy working practices – selecting materials, components and equipment – preparing and erecting brickwork and blockwork and/or vernacular style structures
QCF41 – Setting out masonry structures in the workplace - This unit is about: – interpreting information – adopting safe and healthy working practices – selecting materials, components and equipment – setting out brickwork and blockwork and/or vernacular style structures on level ground.
There is also 1 optional unit to be achieved in order to complete the full Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations – Bricklaying. We will cover all of these subjects throughout your training time so that you are prepared, once working within the Bricklaying industry, for any eventuality.
• QCF 42 Erect Masonry Cladding
• QCF 43 Lay Domestic Drainage
• QCF 44 Erect Thin Joint Masonry Structures
• QCF 45 Place and Finish Non-specialist Concrete
• QCF 50 Repair and Maintain Masonry Structures
This structured bricklaying training programme, consisting of 7 full weeks will provide you with a City & Guilds bricklaying Certificate initially (obtained within the first 5 weeks) which will act as your underpinning knowledge and will incorporate many of the areas which make up bricklaying NVQ units so you will be learning all of the time.
Once you have completed your 7 weeks of intensive, hands on Bricklaying training, you will then be industry ready which is where you need to be in order to achieve a bricklaying NVQ. To achieve the NVQ you must undertake a CSCS test and be registered with an NVQ Assessment Centre and assessed in the work place, Able Skills will register you under our Centre as part of this bricklaying training programme.
To finish this bricklaying training experience, we will provide you with a start up portfolio which will include all of the evidence and assessment sheets ready for you to use as and when you gather your work based evidence. We will also continually support you throughout the process and if you choose, we will check your portfolio evidence to ensure that you are on the right track.
We will be looking for you to gain photographic evidence of bricklaying work you are undertaking along with quotes, drawings, estimates, job references and letters from customers relating to the work you have undertaken.
This ongoing evidence and information will be encouraging as you witness the improvement in your bricklaying abilities and it also enables you to see your own progression. When you are ready for work based assessments, we will arrange for our bricklaying Assessors to visit you at your place of work. We estimate that 2 site visits will be required and the cost per visit will be £250.00*
Once you have completed your portfolio to a competent level, complete with all necessary bricklaying evidence and details of the 2 site visits, Able Skills Assessors will claim your 2 NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations – Bricklaying for you.
As well as an abundance of practical bricklaying training in training areas other centres can only dream about, we will provide you with 2 instructors, classroom facilities, a learner pack for study at your own leisure, Heinemann Bricklaying NVQ Level 2 study book and of course, your portfolio.
We offer training at Weekends if you have work or other commitments through the week. We aim to make our training as accessible as possible to everyone
Cost and Duration of 7 Week Professional NVQ Bricklaying Course
Duration: 7 Weeks
Able Skills is open 7 days every week and most courses can be completed either through the week (Mon-Fri) or at weekends (Sat-Sun) – Please call for details
A deposit will secure your start date and any balance can be paid on the start date or spread over the period of your training – Interest Free!
For all workshop based training and/or assessment we recommend suitable clothing and for your safety, protective footwear is essential.
Bricklaying Courses at Ableskills Dartford
by Able Skills
I took the Multi Craft training through Able skills further to recommendations from my friends. The Bricklaying element was very enjoyable. My tutor, Simon, was very helpful and flexible with all the students. The course was definitely value for money and I will be the one recommending them now.
My family told me about Able Skills. I decided to take the Bricklaying introduction 5 day course and found it to be much better than I initially expected. I was more than impressed with how much we managed to achieve. I had a great week!
Quality, options and location were all important factors to me when deciding where to train. Able Skills fitted the bill. I took the introduction to Bricklaying course, taught by Simon. I thoroughly enjoyed the week. Excellent tuition and great instruction from an obviously highly skilled craftsman. I am contemplating a second week!
I chose to train with Able Skills as they look the best, they have friendly staff and are very professional. I have taken the handyman course and can comment so far on the bricklaying. Simon was a brilliant, professional and friendly teacher. He made the course fun. It was a pleasure to come in every day.
I picked Able Skills to learn basic bricklaying because they offer good facilities and instructors. It was a very useful course for a basic learner. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Simon. I learnt quite a lot which will hopefully help me in the future with my DIY. Thank you Simon.
I chose Able Skills as they offered multiple courses in one place and flexible options, ideal for those considering multi-craft. I am enjoying all the courses at Able Skills as well as the Bricklaying. All the courses I have done are valuable and important, especially living independently. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my instructors and the staff for their help.
I found out about Able Skills via the internet search engine. I requested a brochure and it was received within two days. I chose to train with them as the offered accommodation and the quality of their brochure. The 5 day bricklaying course was value for money and met with my expectations. They offered a very good, relaxed training. Their accommodation was clean and excellent value for money. I am really looking forward to my next course.
I decided to take my bricklaying course with Able Skills after researching them on the internet. The most important factors for me when deciding where to train were location and cost. Able Skills provided me with great information and a top course. The instructors gave me good tips and skills. I gained amazing results from day 1 – 5. I would recommend this course all day long. Thanks very much!
Ian J – 5 Day Intensive Bricklaying Course
After researching training centres on the internet I decided to train with Able Skills due to the location and assortment of skills on offer. I have really enjoyed the experience and have learned some useful basic skills. Both tutors, Simon and Paul were excellent, thank you.
Raylon M – 5 Week City & Guilds Bricklaying Course
I enjoyed every moment of my training and was very happy with my instructor Simon.
I was recommended by other Gurkhas to use Able Skills. I heard they taught in detail. I found the bricklaying course very useful and interesting. The instructor is excellent and taught in detail. I have learnt lots and gained lots of new skills. I will be advertising to my colleagues back in my station to use Able Skills.
My expectations when deciding to do the bricklaying course were high, having never had any experience. My first day highlighted how complicated bricklaying is and brought me back to earth. This course has saved me from making expensive mistakes by taking on projects way above my skill level and knowledge. It has given me a great grounding to further practice and learn. I have come away feeling more confident and my expectations far more realistic.
I thoroughly enjoyed my week training at Able Skills. I was given a lot of information in a short space of time. Well taught! The course met my expectations.
Simon was excellent, hands on and always willing to pass on his knowledge and experience. Great attitude and a listening ear, very much needed when dealing with novices such as myself, thank you!
I was recommended to use Able Skills by my friend and was impressed with my training. The team were friendly and supportive. I would recommend.
An enjoyable course. I was also given the chance to build a wall from a set of plans for an extension that I may have to build. Real value for money!
I found able skills on the internet. The course was value for money and I was given good advice on all aspects of bricklaying. I would recommend them.
Great course with an excellent program of works. Simon has helped build my confidence in taking on projects and his knowledge and tips went a long way in helping me achieve that confidence. Many thanks!
I chose Able Skills as it had good feedback and accommodation. The course met all my requirements and the tutor was patient. I would recommend.
The level of tuition was second to none. The instructor imparted his years of experience in a workable fashion. The start was an eye opener in the skill required to carry out brick laying and the end result was the pride in looking at your end result. Would highly recommend to friends and other.
I found Able Skills on the internet and thought the staff were nice when I spoke to them on the phone and sent me some good details about the course in the post. The training given was very good, I gained a lot of knowledge throughout the course and I feel this has given me the confidence to undertake projects out of the classroom environment. Thank you Simon and Able Skills.
Simon, the instructor, was a brilliant teacher and always there to help and not criticise.
I found Able Skills through the internet and I thought they looked a lot better than any other centre I have seen. I liked the flexibility options and the fact they had accommodation. From booking the course right through to my final day, I have had a fantastic time. Simon has been very good to me and helped me get to the standard I am at now. I am very much looking forward to the NVQ Level 2 course. Angela helped me book the course and Carla has been brilliant with arranging the accommodation. Paul was good as well during Simon’s holiday. Thanks to everyone and I am looking forward to the rest of my training.
I had a very good time and would recommend the brickwork course to anyone. I think the instruction from Simon was top quality and I would like to come back to do more training based on the level of instruction I had from Simon. Thank You!
Simon was an excellent instructor. His clear instructions gave me the confidence to attempt all activities. Any criticism of work was given in a positive and encouraging manner. Thank You!
Able Skills has grown and so has the amount of students in attendance and we are being used by everyone right across the UK and abroad.
As a result of the increase in students, Able Skills has purchased 3 properties to accommodate the growing numbers of people travelling from distance.
Able Skills properties are licensed HMO (Houses in Multiple Occupation) and are fully equipped in line with local authority standards.
The properties will provide you with your own fully furnished room with washing facilities and TV. There are several bathrooms/WCs as well as fully fitted kitchens and a dining areas to eat and/or meet your fellow students.
Able Skills employs someone to maintain the properties on a regular basis and also to ensure that the property is being looked after by those staying.
We are very pleased to be able to offer this accommodation at £20 per night and we are keen to ensure that your time away from home is enjoyable and comfortable. The properties are situated close to all of our training centres and some have allocated private parking facilities.
This enables you to leave your vehicle in a safe and secure environment and make that short walk to whichever course you are attending.
We are a very popular choice of training centre and as a result we are very busy and so is our accommodation. We would recommend that you make every attempt to tie in any accommodation requirements at the time of booking your course.
If our accommodation is full, there are other local alternatives available which range from £20 per night upwards.
During your stay at Able Skills accommodation we will guarantee you a secure area to keep all of your belongings and additionally, we guarantee that the only people using this property are Able Skills students.
Should you require any additional information or wish to book training and accommodation, please do not hesitate to contact Gary, Angela or John on 01322 280 202.