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Brickwork - Traineeship/Apprenticeship - Level 2

Start Date: 2nd September 2021
Code: AWFB00001


Duration: 2 Years Full-time
Start date: 2nd September 2021
End date: 23rd June 2023
Information Event: Y

Brickwork is offered at Level 2 under the Traineeship and Apprenticeship programmes.  The Traineeship provides a high-quality vocational education and training programme those who aspire to work within a specific sector.  If you are employed or will have an employer in place for when you are due to start the programme you may be ready to join the apprenticeship programme. 

Full details of both programmes are available below:


Course Content

Brickwork will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge designed to prepare you for entry into the trowel trades and the construction industry.

Units include:

  • Principles of building construction, information and communication 
  • Contribute to setting out and building of masonry structures up to damp proof course
  • Carrying out blocklaying activities 
  • Carrying out bricklaying activities 
  • Carrying out cavity walling activities 
  • Health, safety and welfare in construction
  • Interpreting working drawings to set out masonry structures

Meet the Apprentice

Jack shares his experiences on what it is like to work, earn and learn with an apprenticeship.

Jack McCready Brickwork

Course Update

Please note that due to redevelopments at Ballymena (Farm Lodge) campus some courses may be relocated to alternative suitable locations.

Traineeship Level 2

You must have:

  • A minimum of a Level 1 qualification defined as 4 GCSEs at grades D-G including Maths and English grades D-F or equivalent. 

Please note that there may be higher entrance requirements in a small number of occupational areas. 

If you do not meet the higher entry requirement you can join the Traineeship programme on an introductory phase.  Full details will be provided at the information session.

See our Traineeship page for more information on enhanced entry criteria and the introductory phase.

Apprenticeship Level 2

You must have:

  • Attained the minimum school leaving age of 16
  • Employed or be about to take up permanent paid employment with a Northern Ireland-based company and be contracted to work a minimum of 21 hours per week (including day release/off- the-job training) with one employer
  • The potential to successfully complete all the requirements of the appropriate Level 2 Apprenticeship Framework
  • Meet any health requirements (eg colour vision) specific to the occupation of their choice
  • Achieved any necessary entry academic qualifications (eg GCSE) determined by the relevant sector for the apprenticeship and approved by the Department for the Economy
  • Pass any entry tests specified by the relevant sector/employer and approved by the Department for the Economy.

Traineeship Level 2
On completion of the Traineeship, you can progress to a Level 3 further education course or a Level 3 Apprenticeship (possibly with your work placement employer).  This can lead you to Higher Education options.   

Apprenticeship Level 2
Following successful completion of the Level 2 Apprenticeship you may be able to progress to the Level 3 Apprenticeship or to employment in the field you have studied in.

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Alan Stewart

Essential Skills

All full-time students at the Northern Regional College have the opportunity to improve their English, Maths and IT skills and gain qualifications. The qualification you take will depend on the qualification you already have. If you do not have a grade C or above in GCSE English, Maths or ICT, you MUST do Essential Skills. This will form a compulsory part of your timetable.

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