Welcome to the Brickwork Resources & Practice Tasks Page
Click on the link below for the Brickwork Course Leaflet to gain information on entry requirements, course content, facilities and enrichment opportunities.
School of Construction Riverside College
Hello and welcome to the start of your Construction course at Riverside College. Our number one goal at Riverside College is to give every learner a fantastic learning experience in order for you to be successful in your chosen pathway to employment. This resource will help you to prepare yourself for the start of your course in September, it gives you an insight on what to look forward to on your course and also includes a few activities to complete in preparation for your induction in September.
Our tutors are always here to help and are available to answer any questions that you may have in between now and the start of your course so please feel free to email them at any point. You can contact them or ask any questions about starting college by emailing email@example.com
I am really looking forward to meeting all of our new learners during enrolment, I hope you all enjoy completing the tasks that your tutor has set you.
Have a fantastic Summer,
Construction Head of School, Darren Moore
Welcome to the resources to help prepare you for your chosen course and career path within the Construction sector. We are very happy that you have chosen Riverside College to carry out your studies & we are very much looking forward to seeing you at enrolment and for you to start the course with us in September.
Here are a list of topics that you will be covering from September – This is in order of delivery:
- Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction
- Carrying out basic bricklaying
- Introduction to cavity walling
- Setting out up to dpc level
- Carry out basic blocklaying
- Principles of building construction, information and communication
- Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction (unless achieved at Level 1)
- Building solid walling and piers
- Building cavity walling to form masonry structures
- Interpret drawings, setting out and transferring levels
- Principles of building construction, information and communication
- Constructing radial and battered brickwork
- Carrying out decorative and reinforced brickwork
- Constructing fireplaces and chimneys
- Repair and maintain masonry structures
- Principles of organising, planning and pricing construction work
What to Expect in Your First Term
During your first term, you will be introduced to,’ Basic Bricklaying Skills’. This will include the following:-
- Safe methods of working
- Correct use of PPE
- Risk Assessment
- Manual handling techniques (kinetic lifting)
- How to set up a work area and load materials out ready for use
- Trowel techniques (how to cut and spread mortar and butter a brick)
- Setting out and dry bonding
- Methods for building half brick returns and stopped ends
Further information can be found on SOLAR for the relevant level. There are a wide range of interactive resources including video clips, activity sheets, resource packs and sample test questions available at each level.
It’s important to remember that everybody has to start somewhere, and that you need to be able to walk before you can run. Therefore our courses are designed to build up your skills from foundation at Level one, through to intermediate at Level 2 and then onto advanced at Level 3. With hard work, dedication and patience you will soon progress from one Level to the next, but you must master the basics first!
Why Choose Bricklaying at Riverside College?
Bricklaying is a fantastic career choice and is a trade that has transferable skills, which can be used throughout the world. It may be that you wish to travel abroad once you are fully qualified?
Do you have a family member or friend who is a bricklayer? Has speaking to them prompted you to follow in their footsteps?
At Riverside College (rated Outstanding, Ofsted March 2020), we have excellent bricklaying facilities with the best tools and equipment required to progress you during your studies. Due to our continued expansion our workshop area includes two workshops and an external covered area replicating industry.
Two of our Student Groups, at Level 1 and Level 3, won ‘Construction Class of the month’, during the 2019-20 Academic Year. In 2019, one of our Students, also won, ‘ Construction Student of the Year’ and, ‘Overall Student of the Year award’ (across all college courses), a remarkable achievement, given that he started at Riverside as a Foundation Studies student. He is pictured below with some of his fellow students.
Teaching and Support Staff
We have an excellent team of tutors and support staff, all with decades of experience within the Bricklaying/Construction Industry and Education.
All our staff, are qualified to the ‘highest level’, as Bricklayers and are ‘time-served tradesmen’, and in some cases also hold, Supervisory experience. Contracts our staff have previously been engaged on include, The Manchester MEN Arena, The Trafford Centre, The Lowry Centre and several other large projects covering Industrial, Commercial and Maintenance work.
We place a strong emphasis on preparing our students for the Construction Industry. We monitor all Students against Four Key employability skills (Attendance, Punctuality, Attitude and Ability) and rate them accordingly (Gold, Silver or Bronze). This then feeds into a League table and is used to select Students for Apprenticeship Opportunities. This system avoids favouritism and is shared with our Employers, many of whom, we have repeat business with.
We have several success stories in the Department, including students who have started at Entry Level or Level 1, and then progressed into Employment as Apprentice Bricklayers!
Riverside College, over a number of years, has forged links with Construction Companies on a Local and National level to secure Bricklaying Apprenticeships. This allows students to gain actual, ‘real life experience, working on site.
Pictured below are Two of our Students who have progressed onto Employment during their time at Riverside. Both are now employed in the Construction sector as Apprentices.
Widening Participation in Construction
Construction has evolved considerably over the last few decades in many ways. Examples of this are in the materials and technology, which is constantly changing, through to Health and Safety and Equality and Diversity.
We fully support inclusivity and welcome applications from people from all Backgrounds and Walks of Life. We support initiatives to broaden the range of people involved in Construction and provide a comfortable learning environment for all.
Trips & Visits
Our previous trips have included visits to the Skills Show at Birmingham NEC, WorldSkills, Skill Build and we also arrange trips to Live Construction sites. In addition, we plan to host future visits to Heritage sites such as Williamsons Tunnels in Liverpool http://www.williamsontunnels.co.uk/
At Riverside College we are a big supporter of UK Skills Competitions and Worldskills.
UK Skills competitions give you the opportunity to represent your College and compete against other Colleges in the North West, it is a great chance to showcase the skills that you have developed throughout your learning.
UK Skills winners will have the opportunity to represent their country in the Worldskills competition which will be taking place in Shanghai in 2021 and then Lyon in 2023.
Pictured below is an ex student who progressed through the regional heats and on to the National heat at Birmingham NEC.
It is very important that you feel organised and ready to learn when you start on you Bricklaying course in September. You will be given more information about this when you attend enrolment but below is a list or what is required for both practical and theory lessons from September. There is also a link to where you can purchase your PPE equipment.
As the saying goes -Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail!
- Safety boots
- Work trousers
- High Vis polo shirt
- Safety glasses
- Dust mask
- Writing pad
- Lever Arch Folder
- Scale ruler
- Drawing set
Full details can be found here: – www.hivis.co.uk/riversidecollegewidnes.html
Tools are not required as we provide all tools free of charge. However, if you are interested in buying your own tools, we would strongly suggest speaking to our Tutors, who can offer Advice and Guidance prior to purchasing.
New Brickwork Students Tasks
In preparation for your induction in September we would like you to complete the following tasks.
English and maths are key aspects of a Bricklayer’s role. You will at some point in your career, be asked to provide written work (e.g. Method Statements, Risk Assessments, Quotations, Estimates, etc.). Therefore we aim to embed as much English and Maths into the Brickwork Course, to make it relevant to your chosen career path. Please attempt both tasks and hand in to the Brickwork Tutors either on enrolment or Induction day.
New Brickwork Students: Task 1
Congratulations on being accepted onto your Bricklaying Course at Riverside College. Bricklaying can be a difficult skill to master and is also a very physically demanding job. However, it can also be a very rewarding and satisfying career, both from a sense of achievement in Construction, and the financial rewards that are now available. Over the next few weeks you will get to know your Tutors, Key Staff Members and Fellow Students, but for now, we would like to get an insight into what has influenced your choices and what are your Career aims.
Please complete the two questions below to help us start to gauge your aspirations for entering onto this particular course.
- In your own words (minimum of one paragraph) explain why you want to be a Bricklayer. You can give examples of any construction work you may have carried out, who has influenced you and what you want to achieve.
- What are you career aims? Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
New Brickwork Students: Task 2
The ‘above wall’ is to be built in 100mm (half brick thick) Brickwork, your task is to estimate a price for both Labour and Materials by calculating the following:-
- Total area of Brickwork in Square Metres?
- Amount of Bricks required with 5% added for waste?
- Cost of Bricks?
- Amount of Ready-Mixed Mortar and Cost?
- Cost for labour (Brickwork price)?
- Total cost (Labour and materials)?
Formula for Area = Length x Height
Number of Bricks per square metre in a ½ brick thick (100mm) wall = 60
(Round up to next ‘Whole Brick’)
Price of Bricks = £380 per Thousand or 38p each
Ready mixed mortar 1 tonne (1000kg) will lay 1000 brick so 1kg will lay 1 brick
Mortar price is £85 per tonne (1000kg)
Brickwork Labour price at £430 per thousand brick
- Total area …………………M²
- Total number of bricks including 5% waste ……………………
- Cost of bricks @380 per thousand (38p each) …………………………………………
- Amount of mortar ……………..Kg
- Cost of mortar @£85 per tonne £……………..
- Cost of labour @£430 per 1000 (43p per brick) £…………………………………..
- Total cost (Labour and materials) £……………………………………………