Level 3 apprenticeship framework - construction crafts

This framework sets out the standards and criteria you must meet to complete the apprenticeship programme and receive your apprenticeship certificate for level three construction crafts. This is the only level three training in this skill acceptable for ApprenticeshipsNI funding.

About this framework

This framework specifies the standards and the criteria for the delivery of a level 3 apprenticeship framework to achieve qualified status within the construction crafts industry.

Successful completion of the framework will lead to the award of a level 3 qualification showing recognition as a qualified person within the industry.

Mandatory outcomes

Achievement of a level 3 apprenticeship in construction will be assessed by verification through the appropriate awarding body.

You must complete a combination of both a competence and a knowledge-based qualification from one of the pathways, along with the essential skills below.

Mandatory essential skills

The essential skills below are mandatory and are to be completed as part of the apprenticeship:

  • application of number – level 2
  • communication – level 2
  • information and communication technology (ICT) – level 2

However, any qualifications you already have are assessed against the framework requirements and may result in an exemption from the above.

Competency and knowledge qualifications – pathway options

You need to complete both a competency-based and a knowledge-based qualification in their chosen pathway, from the list below.

Route one – construction building sector

Pathway one – bricklaying

Competence-based qualification:

Knowledge-based qualification:

Occupational profile

Pathway two – carpentry and joinery

Competence-based qualification:

Knowledge-based qualification:

Occupational profile

Pathway three – painting and decorating

Competence-based qualification:

Knowledge-based qualification:

Occupational profile

Route two – construction civil engineering sectors

Pathway one – plant maintenance

Competence-based qualification:

IMI Level 3 NVQ diploma in construction plant or machinery maintenance (construction) 601/3308/9

Knowledge-based qualification:

Occupational profile

Route three – construction specialist sector

Pathway one – plastering

Competence-based qualification:

Knowledge-based qualification:

Occupational profile

Pathway two – roofing occupations

Competence-based qualification:

Knowledge-based qualification:

Occupational profile

Pathway three – stonemasonry

Competence-based qualification:

Knowledge-based qualification:

Occupational profile

Pathway four – wall and floor tiling

Competence-based qualification:

Knowledge-based qualification:

Occupational profile

Pathway five – heritage skills

Competence-based qualification:

Knowledge-based qualification:

Pathway six – mastic asphalting

Competence-based qualification:

Knowledge-based qualification:

Eligibility and entry to the programme

Employment is at the discretion of the employer who may have specific expectations in terms of qualifications and/ or medical/ physical requirements.

Entry to the level 3 apprenticeship is by progression from the relevant level 2 apprenticeship in construction.

You may also enter level 3, subject to assessment by the training contractor and employer, if you've:

  • already gained significant work experience in your occupational area, which could be considered as meeting the requirements of the relevant level 2 framework and show ability  to achieve a level 3 standard
  • previously achieved a relevant level 2 recognised vocational qualification that is a mandatory requirement of the Level 2 apprenticeshipsni construction framework pathway

See also the DfE operational requirements for eligibility guidance.

Duration

The length of the apprenticeship  can vary and will be agreed between the apprentice, training contractor and employer.

Assessment

Qualification providers and assessors must meet the requirements of the awarding organisations for the delivery of the qualifications, and in addition meet the overarching principles of the CITB Consolidated assessment strategy.

The competence qualification assessment method is:

  • portfolio of evidence

The knowledge qualification assessment method is:

  • coursework
  • multiple choice examination
  • portfolio of evidence
  • practical demonstration/ assignment

Enhancements

Complete a minimum of 10 hours Health and Safety training and test, attain a recognised registration scheme card for apprentices. Any additional enhancements will be specified in the relevant occupational profile.

Transversal skills

As an apprentice you'll gain the following transversal skills:

Self-management

Accept responsibility.

Typical performance evidence will show you can:

  • identify own strengths and weaknesses
  • ask for assistance if required
  • take responsibility for actions
  • manage one’s own feelings
  • prioritise work and time
  • take responsibility for own safety

Working with others

Work collaboratively with both internal and with external customers and an awareness of interdependence.

Typical performance evidence will show you can:

  • get along with others
  • put aside differences
  • try to work effectively in a team
  • see others’ points of view

Citizenship / participating in society

Understand and be considerate of the differing needs of different individuals and groups.

Typical performance evidence will show you can:

  • Value ideas from others
  • Respect individuals’ differences in terms of disability, ethnicity background, gender, sexuality and religion

Work professionalism

Behave appropriately and with a professional attitude.

Typical performance evidence will show you can:

  • Turn up on time
  • Follow instructions from seniors
  • Dress appropriately
  • Understand the nature of the business and the codes of conduct

Problem solving and decision making

Weigh up the pros and cons of new situations and identify key issues.

Typical performance evidence will show you can:

  • Adopt a problem solving attitude

Numeracy

Use data and arithmetic to support evidence or demonstrate a point.

Typical performance evidence will show you can:

  • Reason and apply simple numerical concepts such as percentages, decimals and fractions

Digital literacy

Find, evaluate, use, share and create content using information technologies and the Internet.

Typical performance evidence will show you can:

  • Use social media appropriately
  • Use Microsoft Office or equivalences

Communication and literacy

Use verbal, non-verbal and written communication and an awareness of the interpersonal skills of effective listening, negotiating, persuasion and presentation.

Typical performance evidence will show you can:

  • Ask and respond to questions
  • Listen to others
  • Communicate considering people involved in terms of gender, background, age and position

Progression

This apprenticeship will help you progress to occupational work supervision, trainee site management or foundation degree. Any specific progression routes will be detailed under the relevant occupational profile.

Related Knowledge

All pathways must include mandatory induction. Employee rights and responsibilities (ERR) must be covered and confirmation of completing ERR must be included with the request for the apprenticeship certificate.

Responsibilities

It's the responsibility of the training contractor/ college to make sure all components of this framework are delivered in accordance with apprenticeshipsni operational requirements.

The apprentice must be employed from day one.

Further Information

The content of this framework (Framework Number 310 Issue 15: 09/20) has been developed between the Department for the Economy and the Built Environment Sectoral Partnership (working with CITBNI). 

For further information, contact:

 

Level 3 apprenticeship frameworks

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