We are still accepting applications for September 2020 starts.

Our campuses remain closed for the foreseeable future 

Easter Closure and return to study

The College will be closed from Saturday 4th April to Tuesday 14th April (inclusive), there will be no work set for classroom based courses over this normal 2 week holiday period, however we will be returning to remote working on Wednesday 15th April for staff to continue to prepare online learning and resources.

UCC students and Apprentices will return to their online remote learning on Monday 20th April.

Further Education students will return to online remote learning on Wednesday 22nd April. This delay is to allow teaching staff to prepare materials for the next few weeks of online learning on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st April.

Brickwork Level 2 Apprenticeship

A bricklayer will lay bricks, blocks and other types of building components in mortar to construct and repair walls, foundations, partitions, arches and other structures e.g. chimney stacks. A bricklayer 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.

The construction sector is the driving force behind the UK economy, employing three million people and contributing 6.4% of GDP. Not only that, the construction industry is central to delivering the homes, schools, hospitals, energy and transport infrastructure our society demands. A career as a bricklayer in the construction industry is like no other. Bricklaying is a core function within the construction sector, particularly the house building sector. The Government has a target to build significantly more new homes over the coming years and therefore the demand for bricklayers has never been higher.

Course Content

The Brickwork Level 2 Apprenticeship is suitable for those who are interested in becoming a Bricklayer.

You’ll learn how to interpret working drawings to set out masonry structures, producing thin joint masonry and masonry cladding, build solid walling, isolated and attached piers and construct cavity walling forming masonry structures.

This course supports the following job roles:

  • Bricklayer
  • General Builder

What award will I achieve?

  • NVQ Level 2 Bricklaying

The Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Brickwork is  designed to recognise the knowledge, skills and competence demonstrated by an individual in the workplace. This qualification provides the opportunity for individuals who specialise in Brick to demonstrate their competence. The qualification comprises of 5 mandatory units and 1 optional unit.

During the Brickwork Level 2 Apprenticeship you will study:

  • Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction;
  • Principles of Building Construction,
  • Information and Communication;
  • Building Solid Walling,
  • Isolated and Attached Piers;
  • Interpreting Working Drawings to Set Out Masonry Structures;
  • Construct Cavity Walling Forming Masonry Structures.

How will I be assessed?

Alongside completing and achieving the knowledge based qualifications, learners are also required to prepare a portfolio
of evidence. You will also receive regular workplace assessments in order to assess competency.

English and Maths

You will be required to achieve Functional Level 1 English and maths if you have not attained grade 4 (C) prior to commencing the apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria.

What Can I Do Next?

The Brickwork Level 2 Apprenticeship provides learners with the opportunity to progress on to the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Brickwork. Once you have completed the Apprenticeship as a qualified Bricklayer you will be equipped with the necessary skills and qualifications required for working within the Trowel industry. Bricklaying and craft masonry have a wide range of opportunities that Apprentices can be involved with in a structured career path, such as new builds and refurbishments.

The Brickwork Level 2 Apprenticeship will enable progression to a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Brickwork. After gaining work experience in the chosen occupational area there are also opportunities to progress into occupational work supervision, management or technical support areas.

How To Apply

To apply for an apprenticeship please read through the information below and then select the correct application button from the menu located further down the page.

If you are aged between 15 and 18 years old then please click the button ’15 – 18 Years – Apply Online’ and you will be taken to the next stage of the application process.

If you are aged 19 years or older please click the button ‘19+ Years – How to Apply‘, where you will be taken to the application options and information relevant to you.

Brickwork Intermediate Apprenticeship
Course Outline: Bricklayers lay bricks, blocks and other types of building components in mortar to construct and repair structures

Starting employment as an apprentice can occur throughout the year however the start-date for attending college for training, where required, might vary depending on the type of apprenticeship and will be communicated post-employment and sign-up.

LevelLevel 2
DurationTypical between 24-30 months, less if an apprentice has gained previous relevant knowledge and skills.
CampusColchester Institute
Apprenticeship Funding Band (Levy paying employers)£5,000
Employer Contribution Fee (Non-levy paying employers)£250

Employer Information

Our Business Solutions team will work with you to recruit an Apprentice to your business, advertising the vacancy and managing applications, as well as providing a dedicated account manager and personal 1:1 advice and guidance on apprenticeships.

What will this cost my Business?

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 5% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account.

Apprenticeship Funding Bands

Apprenticeship Funding Bands
Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee. Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.


All Fees and prices shown on the website are for courses starting in the 2019-20 academic year unless stated otherwise, and are correct at the time of entering/printing information, however these may be subject to change. The College cannot accept legal or financial liability as a result of any such changes.

The course information describes programmes offered by Colchester Institute. The College takes all reasonable steps to provide courses as described, but cannot guarantee provision. The information is for guidance and does not form any part of a contract.

The College reserves the right to update and amend information as and when necessary. Colchester Institute will do its best to provide the courses shown, but may have to modify or withdraw a course depending on customer demand and other factors.