As a leading and trusted construction training centre in Bradford, West Yorkshire, YTA is certainly a place to which to turn for a wide range of both beginner and advanced bricklaying courses. Indeed, we take great pride in our ongoing role in getting all manner of would-be and current bricklayers ready for the next stage of their careers.
However, you don’t necessarily need to embark on an entire several-day course with us to take your life as a bricklayer to a whole new level.
That’s because, if you already have five or more years’ experience in this trade, you also have the option of our Experienced Worker Practical Assessment (EWPA) route, which enables you to obtain a Cskills NVQ Level 2 diploma in the space of just a day.
Not a ‘course’, but an assessment route
It is important to emphasise that our EWPA route is very much what it sounds like – an assessment route, not strictly a ‘course’.
It’s a way for bricklayers who already possess specialised skills and experience to demonstrate this, and earn a qualification in the process – the qualification they need in order to secure the blue skilled worker CSCS card.
Converting your bricklaying skills and capabilities into a qualification
The bricklaying EWPA at YTA combines professional discussion with witness statements and a simple practical assessment. Five mandatory units are covered, in relation to general workplace safety, efficient work practices, the movement and handling of resources, and the erection and setting out of masonry structures.
These units are supported by one of a list of optional units, encompassing such further aspects of the trade as the erection of masonry cladding, the placement and finishing of non-specialist concrete, and the installation of drainage.
Reach out to us now to get your EWPA process underway!
Don’t stress – when you first get in touch with us, we’ll arrange our expert NVQ assessor to complete a ‘skills scan’ with you. This will help both of you to determine your likelihood of achieving the NVQ, so that neither of you waste time, effort and money on an assessment route that may not represent the right next step for you as a bricklayer.
If the two of you are confident that you will be able to pass the assessment, and you’re happy to proceed, we will then be able to go ahead and book the bricklaying EWPA for you.
Don’t worry if you need to get on-site prior to your assessment date. After you pay for your deposit, we can get you registered, followed by emailing you the registration confirmation that will enable you to apply for and gain a temporary, six-month card.
At the end of the assessment day, your assessor will inform you whether or not you have achieved the NVQ – and if successful, you can expect to receive your certificate within 14 days. This will allow you to apply for the blue skilled worker CSCS card.
For more information about the bricklaying EWPA or any of our wide range of novice, intermediate and advanced bricklaying courses, simply give the YTA team a call today, on 01274 682199 or 07400922788. Alternatively, you can reach out to us via email. We wish you the very best for your future career in this highly rewarding trade!