Building Products Industry Occupations (England)

Framework status: Archived

Framework details

Framework ID: FR02496
Issue number: 8
Issued: 06 November 2013

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Contact name: Lisa Williamson
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National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) – Statement on Apprenticeship Quality 



  1. An Apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme designed by employers in the sector. It allows the apprentice to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with functional and personal skills, required for their immediate job and future career. These are acquired through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off the job training and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. This broader mix differentiates the Apprenticeship experience from training delivered to meet narrowly focused job needs
  2. On completion of the Apprenticeship the apprentice must be able to undertake the full range of duties, in the range of circumstances appropriate to the job, confidently and competently to the standard set by the industry.

Once an apprentice has completed the requirements laid out in the Apprenticeship Frameworks, they have earned their certificate. Apprenticeship completion certificate requests can be made directly by the Apprentice or by the training provider, college or organisation offering the Apprenticeship with the Apprentice's approval, for England Proskills are processing all England certificate requests through the Apprenticeship Certification System for England (ACE).

more information on this system can be found here

The UK Building Products industries play a key role in the supply of essential products to the UK’s construction industry including bricks, blocks, roofing, tiles, pipes and much more. The industry has an annual turnover in excess of £7.25 billion.

The industry covers the manufacture of:

  • Refractory ceramic products
  • Bricks, tiles and construction products in fired clay
  • Concrete and plaster products for construction purposes
  • Fibre cement
  • Other articles of concrete, plaster and cement
  • Abrasive products
  • Other non-metallic mineral products
  • Ceramic insulators and insulating fittings

All of these industrial areas are covered by this Appreticeship framework and it will be promoted as a programme of training for employees of any age to follow.

Building Products industries can be directly effected by any downturn in the UK construction sector. However, there is evidence that things are beginning to stabilise and there has been some recorded growth in construction activity over the last year.

It is not only a tough economic climate that has an impact on companies in the Building Products sector, but  increased competition, changing consumer demands, advancing technologies and changing working practices all mean that  it is vital to ensure the presence of appropriate training for the industry to help employers prepare their staff for the future, whilst continuing to improve their productivity and competitiveness.

Despite its great success in reducing emissions and waste in recent years, low carbon and sustainability will continue to be drivers for the Building Products industry moving forwards. Better processes and exploitation of materials will be key, as will improvements in customer service, other added-value services and health, safety and environmental issues  Multi-skilling of existing employees will be increasingly vital in both the short and medium term. 

Around 22% of the employers in the Building Products sector recognise that increasing employee skills will be important over this period, and a similar proportion will be looking to increase the importance of training in their company. Around three quarters of the Building Products workforce are in larger companies, 29% of which report having skills gaps. Current skill gaps are most common in the Process, Plant & Machine Operatives, Managerial and Skilled Trades groups, and the most common types of gaps are those relating to technical, practical, or job-specific skills. The continuing presence of a recognised Apprenticeship framework for the industry will ensure that there is suitable training provision to help to address these skills gaps.

The challenges created by competition, changing consumer demands and advancing technologies all call for a competent, capable and adaptable workforce. The Building Products Apprenticeship is designed to provide the best possible preparation for achieving skilled occupational status within the industry for both young and older workers, against the backdrop of an ever changing and increasingly demanding environment.

The new framework addresses the changing market, the operational needs of employers and  the increasing amounts of legislative and regulatory compliance requirements within the industry, all of which require a competent, skilled and adaptable workforce.  Training alone will not deliver the learning required by the current workforce and succession planning for both workforce development and replacement is very necessary - Apprenticeships are viewed as a vital component of any employer's action plans for succession planning.

The training and assessment provided within this Apprenticeship framework are acknowledged as a suitable mechanism to help provide a workforce that is able to take forward innovation and change. The revised framework can help offer solutions to the current and future economical, environmental and technological challenges facing Building Products industries and will help to create stability in the demography of the industry. Apprenticeships will help address the current skills gaps, and predicted future shortages, and provide a sound preparation to help fill more senior positions in the future.

The framework offers, not just young people but also older workers, the opportunity of continual professional development as they progress in their careers. The framework is part of a wider programme of work, which Proskills is undertaking to attract younger people into the Building Products sector.

Careers materials, including a dedicated careers website promote the Building Products Industry. An ageing workforce has made Apprenticeship frameworks more important than ever as a tool for recruiting, retaining and developing appropriately skilled people within the Building Products industry.

The Building Products sector has a diverse range and scope of generic occupational areas. The job roles in the Intermediate Level 2 framework cover operational and technical occupations in both Clay and Concrete Technologies.

The purpose of this Apprenticeship framework is to provide a structure that will ensure that training and assessment is carried out systematically and meets with the requirements of the employer, the Apprentice and all those ensuring that the programme provides added value and quality. The component parts of this Apprenticeship help meet the needs of the industry: these are essentially a sound understanding of the complexities of manufacturing processes, underpinned by skills and principles.

Progressional frameworks at Level 3 and  4 are currently under development for both Clay and Concrete. 

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