If you want to get a NVQ in bricklaying the answer is yes and it’s called the Trowel Occupations – NVQ Level 2. If you are a new to bricklaying then the recommended course to take to get you up to the required standard to be able to achieve a NVQ is the City & Guilds 6217 Bricklaying.
If you have completed that course or you are an experienced bricklayer who wants to gain the recognized industry Qualification then the Trowel Occupations – NVQ Level 2 is the right choice for you.
A NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) is a nationally recognized qualification that is based on actual real life on the job assessments, basically if you have completed the C & G bricklaying training course “technically” you have the knowledge you need.
However the NVQ will prove that you have that technical knowledge and can put it into practice in the work place in a effective and competent manner. The standards of which are set by the construction industry authorities to be the current best practice.
An NVQ are instantly recognized as being the gold standard of your particular industry and are a great way to prove your expertise and boost your career prospects.
An NVQ shows that you have proven to be able to do your chosen job effectively and safely.
How to achieve your bricklaying NVQ?
Because NVQ’s are work based assessments this means you must first be at work as a bricklayer for you to be able to get an assessor around to visit you. This can be a dilemma, but if you have the City & Guilds Certificate in bricklaying that should be enough to get you a job in your particular trade, you could then explain to your employer you want to be assessed for the NVQ.
To achieve your NVQ first you will have an interview with your assessor where an action plan will be arranged. NVQ’s are achieved through on the job assessment, during which an assessor will arrange to visit you at your place of work where you will be monitored and questioned by the assessor.
Your assessor will sign off units when the candidates are ready. The assessor will test your bricklaying knowledge, understanding and work performance to make sure you can demonstrate competence in the workplace. Your assessor may then advise you on what they have observed, giving you guidance or advise if you need it
They will then tell you if you have passed the assessment as competent for single units or the whole NVQ.
For more information on the qualifications discussed here visit the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority web site NVQ page here: National vocational qualifications