Bricklaying Apprenticeship

The ideal start for aspiring bricklayers looking to take the first step in their career.

Apprenticeship overview

We think this apprenticeship is a game changer! After an initial 5 week period of intensive hands-on training at one of our unique training hubs, apprentices will join your site, health and safety savvy and with sufficient basic skills to be able to positively contribute on day one.

After their initial 5 weeks they will return to the training hub for intensive 2 week blocks over the remainder of their 18 month programme. With block delivery all year round, 36 hour weeks within a site-like environment and a syllabus front-loaded to home building.

Intake Dates

Tamworth Spaces Remaining
12th September 2022 FULL
17th October 2022 7
Newcastle Spaces Remaining
19th September 2022 3
24th October 2022 12
Cambridge Spaces Remaining
19th September 2022 21
24th October 2022 22

Training hub locations


Our Training Hub in Tamworth is our inaugural Hub and opened in May 2021.

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Coming soon 2022

Scotswood (Newcastle)


Watch now - catching up with our apprentices on site

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Meet Geoff Mann, our Qualifications Manager. Geoff recently caught up with some of our apprentices back on site with their employers.

From the perspective of both the apprentice and employer, this video highlights key benefits of the bricklaying apprenticeship approach and our unique training hub.

What you will learn

First 5 weeks - a continuous block of heavily practical sessions held at our Training Hub. The hubs closely resemble a site compound with a large covered yet exposed central slab for all practical work providing comparable site working conditions. With each day running from 8:00 to 16:30, this initial five week period is immersive, practically focused and comparable in time to what you’d receive from a full year day release.

By week 6 – apprentices will return to your sites, health and safety aware and able to carry out these tasks:

  • build cavity walls

  • build to gauge

  • build to line

  • joint walling

  • correctly position wall ties, DPCs, cavity trays and weep holes

  • know where to insert insulation and fire stopping.

Remaining months – your apprentice will return to the hubs every 8-10 weeks to complete additional intensive two-week blocks of training. Without college term times and our intensive blocks of learning your apprentice can complete within 18 months, with our aim to keep them fully engaged and ready to address the skills shortage.

Apprenticeship funding

Funding is available from CITB and the Apprenticeship Levy. We can advise you on the most appropriate funding options based on your learners’ prior experience and/or qualifications. Please check current CITB rates here. Published Apprenticeship Levy funding is currently up to £9,000.

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Why study for an apprenticeship with NHBC?

Trusted by the

Our strong relationship with builders gives us a strong understanding of the sector's needs, and many large building firms have already signed up their apprentices to this year’s cohorts.

Taught by
construction experts

NHBC apprenticeships are delivered by our fully qualified, experienced trainers who use their own construction and training expertise to support and develop outstanding apprentices.

Focused on

We are a market-leading, trusted brand delivering home building focused apprenticeships. Our core purpose is to improve construction quality and support the Government’s ambitions to create high-quality jobs for the future and to develop a talented and skilled workforce.

Designed by
the industry

We have a long track record in providing bespoke training for builders. Our apprenticeships have been created specifically for the house-building industry in conjunction with leading national house builders.

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Kris Anderson, Countryside

We spoke with 24 year-old Kris Anderson, who started his Construction Site Supervisor apprenticeship with Countryside on their 115-plot site in Blackthorn, Northampton.

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Anna Milne, Redrow

Anna Milne, Redrow’s Head of Talent explains how the company’s set of five cohorts have found the new training hub.

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Apprenticeship resources

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Apprenticeships handbook

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Safeguarding and prevent guide

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Grants and incentives for Apprentices


Looking for more information?

NHBC’s house-building apprenticeships are available to anyone aged 16+ and living in England. Whether you’ve just taken your GCSEs, you’re still studying or you’ve already been in the world of work for a while, an apprenticeship could be the perfect next step for you.