NVQ in Bricklaying

Why choose an NVQ Bricklaying Qualification?

Having an NVQ in bricklaying will show that you have the competency and show that you have the skills to carry out bricklaying in the right manner, safely and to a high standard.

How an NVQ is taught and why is it so highly recognised?

It all starts with training. An NVQ is an on the job qualification that shows you are trained to a standard that is acceptable within the bricklaying industry. Most training providers will run NVQ qualifications or training courses such as a City and Guilds qualification which can go towards your NVQ.

NVQ’s are qualifications which focus mainly on practical skills. These are assessed by an assessor who will come out and approve your work. They are an excellent way for you to develop new skills and develop knowledge.

An NVQ cannot be gained inside a training facility they are only gained once you have a job within the bricklaying industry.

How is the NVQ in Bricklaying assessed?

Firstly you will have an interview with the assessor and draw up an action plan and timetable for your NVQ. It will be up to you to record and gather on the job evidence which will be on your assessment plan. It would be good to have your foreman at work to confirm what work you have undertaken in case an assessor was not able to be present.

I am already a bricklayer but need an NVQ, can I still register?

Yes you can. 2010 working regulations require all bricklayers to have skilled worker cards so there has never been a better time to undertaken an NVQ. If you do not have the right qualifications you won’t be able to get access to a site to work as a bricklayer. You need have a minimum of 5 years experience and do not need any further training.

For the more experienced bricklayers the Construction Awards Alliance has put together a fast track programme. This enables those with more experience to gain the NVQ without the need for an assessor to visit them.

It is available to all time served and skilled bricklayers and those that have never had the time due to other commitments to gain an NVQ.

Speak to your local bricklaying course assessors and discuss the best route about gaining your bricklaying NVQ. After a short meeting they will be able to discuss the best way to become qualified as per the construction site worker rules for 2010.