ABC introduces new qualification for brickwork technicians to enhance building safety compliance
The Association of Brickwork Contractors’ ABC Assessment Centre is delighted to announce the launch of a groundbreaking qualification specifically designed for Brickwork Technicians. The NVQ L2 Brickwork Technician qualification recognises the skill and precision required to install the latest building product technologies in line with building safety legislation.
Currently, Brickwork Technicians working on site fitting and installing products within the cavity, such as Fire Barriers, Masonry Support Systems, Insulation Boards, and Cavity Tray Systems, are operating under a labourer’s card. However, the complexity and importance of their role necessitates a clear career path and professional recognition at NVQ Level 2.
To address this need, ABC collaborated closely with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to develop the Recommended Qualification Structure (RQS) for Brickwork Technicians. This comprehensive framework outlines the necessary skills and knowledge required to ensure compliance with building safety regulations.
Building on the partnership with CITB, ABC worked closely with the awarding body, NOCN, to expedite the onboarding process for the new NVQ Level 2 qualification. Employer letters of support were sent, resulting in a remarkably swift turnaround.
Furthermore, ABC has established the ABC Assessment Centre, enabling the delivery of the NVQ on sites across the country. This unique setup demonstrates ABC’s commitment to promptly address industry challenges, resolve issues, and take decisive action through training and qualification initiatives.
Importantly, this new qualification aligns seamlessly with the Building Safety Bill and offers vital support to brickwork contractors in meeting the requirements of the Golden Thread. By investing in the professional development and recognition of Brickwork Technicians, ABC aims to contribute significantly to enhancing building safety standards and ensuring the protection of both individuals and structures.
Dave Mills, Business Development Director at brickwork contractor Lyons & Annoot, said: “The new NVQ L2 Brickwork Technician is something that shows really how far the construction industry is changing and also the direction in which it is required to now go. It will provide a qualification to the thousands of people within our industry who work around brickwork on the auxiliary/sundry items, but are not actually bricklayers, based on an assessment undertaken with qualified assessors on that person’s skills. This will provide all elements of the construction project chain the knowledge that the people who are completing the works on site are qualified in the works that they are doing.”
“We are thrilled to introduce this new qualification for Brickwork Technicians,” said Eve Livett, Chief Executive Officer at the Association of Brickwork Contractors. “By providing a clear career progression and professional recognition, we are empowering individuals in this specialist field to uphold the highest standards of building safety. This aligns perfectly with our commitment to deliver excellence and contribute to the industry’s overall well-being.”
“This new qualification will benefit brickwork contractors up and down the country, along with the main contractors, housebuilders, developers and the client base who employ them in ensuring that the work on site is undertaken by qualified teams,” added Dave Mills.
For more information about the new NVQ Level 2 qualification for Brickwork Technicians or to enquire about training opportunities with ABC, visit https://bricktraining.co.uk.