There are many great ways to enter into the construction industry, you can take a home study course, try and get an apprenticeship, take a college course or have you considered a training centre?
Each of these are routes into fantastic trades within the construction industry, apprenticeships are great for those aged 16 to 24 but if you’re over this age then maybe a course via a training centre would suit your requirements better.
Becoming a bricklayer is a good choice as their always in demand thanks to their highly regarded skills. You’ll have job security knowing that your skills are very much needed all over the UK and of course the world. Once you know your trade inside and out that’s it no one can take it away from you, it’s a skill you’ll have for life.
So as you read this article I’m hoping you’ll be provided with lots of handy info about training centre and what they’re all about and maybe by the end you’ll know whether or not they are the best route into the bricklaying industry for your needs.
Training centres, what’s all the fuss about?
Training centres have been purpose built for the construction industry in order to train up people for different skills within the industry. People are crying out all over the UK and the world for skilled workers and that’s why training centres are very much needed and are a highly popular way of getting trained up quickly for a particular trade.
No matter where you are in the UK you’re guaranteed to find a training centre close by and if you find your nearest is quite a distance from home you could always consider staying in a bed and breakfast for the duration of your training, at least this will save on your travelling and expenses and you’ll have much more time to put into your training rather than being out on the road.
You don’t need to have any formal qualifications to begin your raining as a bricklayer and can start your course whenever you like.
There will be theory and practical sections of your course the theory takes place in the classrooms and the practical tasks are carried out in the workshops.
You’ll be trained up by experts at their trade to meet with the current industry recognised qualifications so you can be rest assured that by the time your course has ended you’ll be fully prepared with knowledge and the skills required to begin your new life as a bricklayer. Make sure that your training centre is industry accredited for example with City & Guilds, this is extremely important as you have to meet with industry standards. On completion you’ll receive your bricklaying qualification certificate which is your proof that you are fully competent and have the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out a job successfully.
Training is flexible!
Training centres offer flexibility with regards to how much time you can give to your studies. There are part time and full time courses available so that everyone has an equal chance at completing their course. So if you cannot commit to a full time course don’t worry, just go for the part time option this will allow you to train whenever you can and you can still carry on with your other commitments for example family or other work commitments. Training centres are available Mondays to Fridays and also evenings and weekends, so whatever time you can put into your training is fine they really don’t mind.
Full time courses can be completed in 4 to 8 weeks but it really all depends on the amount of time you can put into your studies. With a part time course you can take your time and spread it out over months and sometimes even years.
Training centres you’ll be pleased to hear are equipped with all the latest technology and mod cons and there is air conditioning in the classrooms to make learning much more comfortable for you.
Another great thing about training centres is that they’re really hands on they really want you to fully experience what someone in your chosen trade has to deal with throughout their working days. They want you to be practically prepared for life at your chosen trade. You’ll begin your training at the very beginning and work your way up the scale. You’ll be entering as a beginner and be leaving as an expert ready for their new life in the construction industry.
It has been agreed by organisations that as soon as you begin training you should think about finding a work placement this will help you greatly with the practical sides of your training, all that theory you’d have been learning can be put to use at your work placement as well as the workshops at your training centre. All this extra practice will help you immensely with the practical parts of your Diploma. Your local college or training centre will be able to help you further with this.
If you are already working as a bricklayer but have no current qualifications then you could have your skills assessed by current industry standards, you’ll be assessed as you complete different tasks and then depending on how you go at the end you will have a qualification, what qualification you receive will depend on how you do.
Where it all happens!
The theory side of training takes place in the classroom which I mentioned earlier are fully air conditioned and it’s here where you’ll learn about bricklaying and all the health and safety regulations as well as all the underpinning. You’ll be taught exactly what a bricklayer does throughout their working days. You’ll need a good understanding of the health and safety regulations before you can enter into the workshop, where all the action begins. Yes all the action takes place in the workshop this is where you can finally discover exactly how to carry out different tasks that a bricklayer would have to do. All the equipment you need is provided so there’s no extra worry on you so you can just get on with your training without the added stress.
There are many things you’ll be able to do throughout your course and this includes:
- Being able to measure out the work area and then going on to setting the first row of bricks which are known as courses and then you’ll set the damp course.
- You’ll be able to mix mortar either by hand or by a mechanical mixer
- You’ll be able to lay the bricks nicely on top of each other and then go on to apply the mortar with a trowel
- You’ll be able to shape and trim bricks either by using hammers, power tools or a chisel.
- You’ll be able to tell whether courses are straight by using a laser spirit level, water or plumb lines.
How much are courses?
Courses can be quite expensive with prices ranging from between £4,000 and £6,000, yes I know this may appear to be steep but just think once you do become a skilled bricklayer you be earning good money and these figures will seem to be insignificant compared to your earnings. So this start up cost should be considered as an investment in your future and remember skilled workers are in high demand so you should never be without work.
What are long distance and short intensive courses?
These are both great routes of entering into the construction industry and both have their advantages and disadvantages.
The thing to think about with these types of courses is that they are both good introductions into different trades, however, it can be difficult to fully understand and get to grips with the practical sides of your training and sometimes not enough practical is carried out with these types of courses, resulting in a lack of practical knowledge and the required skills for your industry.
So yes they have their good points but if you are considering these please make sure you are aware of just how much time is give to practical and also work placements. Another thing to mention is to make sure they are accredited by an industry organisation for example City & Guilds.
Well that’s me finished, hopefully, I’ve helped you gain more info on training centres and all that they’re about. They really are a great way into the construction industry and are practically full on too, which is good because you then fully appreciate what life is really like carrying out jobs at your chosen trade.
So I’ll be off now and just let me say good luck with your training to become a bricklayer. It really is an industry worth training up for and you’ll have a skill for life!