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Stonemasonry Apprenticeships Level 2

York College

Sim Balk Lane, York, YO23 2BB

Level 2
Construction, Planning and the Built Environment

Course Summary

The UK construction industry makes a vital contribution to the economy. However, there is a skills shortage in the industry and this work-based course ensures that staff needs meet national standards. Stonemasonry is a specialist craft and as a Stonemason, you would use your skills to carve architectural features, cut and shape blocks, or lay and fit stonework into place on construction projects. As a banker mason you would follow design instructions to carve and shape stone, and give it a textured or polished finish (known as dressing), using hand and power tools.

Course Details

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Stonemasonry (site-based units)

Units include:

• Conforming to general health, safety and welfare in the workplace
• Conforming to productive working practices in the workplace
• Moving, handling and storing resources in the workplace
• Producing standard stonemasonry components in the workplace
• Producing standard templates and moulds in the workplace

There are two pathways available:

Banker – this is carving and shaping stone
Fixer – this is erecting and fixing stone in place

Additional Study

• Functional Skills in Maths and English
• Employee Rights & Responsibilities
• Abrasive Wheels

How will it be delivered?

Apprentices attend College on block release (two weeks per term approximately) depending on timetable and work for their employer the rest of the time.

For the NVQ you will build up a portfolio, which is a collection of examples or evidence of your work that demonstrates your skills and ability, including a work diary, photos, statements from your employer and colleagues and examples of completed tasks. Assessment consists of practical tasks, observations, oral questioning, written questions, assignments, projects and written tests.

The Diploma is assessed using both practical and written tests.

The Functional Skills are assessed through online tests.

Entry requirements

To start the course you must be employed in a relevant role for a minimum of 30 hours per week. In addition you will need a minimum of 3 GCSEs at Grade 3 or above to include English and Maths.

Your next steps...

Many apprentices progress on to the next level. There is then the opportunity to progress to higher-level courses such as the National Certificate or National Diploma in Construction.

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