Trowel occupations

These five modules support the teaching of Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications in Trowel occupations. They do not supply a complete programme of learning. Instead, aspects of the training that place a particular demand on literacy, language and numeracy skills have been prioritised. Other sets of materials of interest include Entry to Employment, First Aid, Skills for construction, Painting operations, ICT and Health and Safety (including manual handling).

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Interactive learning material is also available. 

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  • Trowel occupations Module 1: Signs, signals and labels

    Trowel occupations Module 1: Signs, signals and labels. This module learners focuses on the importance of site safety and gives opportunities to practise strategies for reading and understanding a wide range of written and graphical information, including: signs and symbols used around the site, hand signals to move loads, health and safety law, risk assessment and method statements, accident report forms, RIDDOR.

  • Trowel occupations Module 2: The building team

    Trowel occupations Module 2: The building team. To be an effective member of a building team it is important to understand the lines of authority within the workplace, the roles and responsibilities of others, how to deal with site visitors, how to manage conflict at work and how to contribute to team meetings. The focus of this module also lends itself to other work environments where it is important that employees know and recognise the structure of their organisation and their role within it.

  • Trowel occupations Module 3: Working with drawings

    Trowel occupations Module 3: Working with drawings. Working drawings are critical to construction work. It is essential that everyone in the building team is able to understand and interpret them as appropriate to their needs. To do this requires good spatial skills, an understanding of scale and the ability to interpret symbols and metric measurement. In this module learners have the opportunity to practise these skills using real drawings available in the Source material. The focus pages aim to help the learner to interpret construction drawings using their knowledge of space and shape, understand the technical language and abbreviations, read and convert metric measurements, understand scale.

  • Trowel occupations Module 4: Setting out

    Trowel occupations Module 4: Setting out. In this module learners practise the basic requirements of measuring - reading and understanding large numbers, calculating with metric measurements, and accurate metric measuring using a range of builders' tape measures. The module also includes basic setting out techniques using pegs and profiles, calculation of running dimensions, checking for 'square' by using a builder's square and the 3:4:5 method.

  • Trowel occupations Module 5: Construction activities

    Trowel occupations Module 5: Construction activities. This module focuses on a range of essential numeracy skills. The skill areas cover: determining quantities of material by working out straightforward areas of brick and block work, calculating areas with windows and doors, estimating and rounding up quantities of bricks and blocks, understanding tolerances, keeping to a schedule, calculating time and wages.

  • Trowel occupations: Learning resources

    Trowel occupations: Learning resources. There are two integrated assignments, a collection of authentic work-based source materials and a glossary of terms.

  • Trowel occupations: Introduction and curriculum coverage

    Trowel occupations: Introduction. An introduction to the Materials for Embedded Learning, embedded learning methodologies, factors affecting learning, an introduction to theTrowel occupations file and curriculum coverage grids.

  • Trowel occupations: Black and white masters

    Transport: Black and white masters. Monochrome masters of the colour materials for ease of photocopying.