What are the key responsibilities for this position?
Bricklayers build and repair walls, chimney stacks, tunnel linings and decorative stonework. They might also refurbish brickwork and masonry on restoration projects. If you enjoy doing practical things and you are interested in construction, this could be the perfect job for you.
To become a bricklayer, you will need to be able to read plans. You’ll also need to be able to work in a well organised way.
You may not need formal qualifications to become a bricklayer, but employers usually want people who have some on-site experience. Some building companies may want you to have GCSEs in subjects like maths and English.
What The Job Involves
You do not need formal qualifications to become a bricklayer, but employers usually want people who have some on-site experience. If you have not worked in construction before, you could find a job as a labourer to get site experience. Once you are working, your employer may be willing to offer you training in bricklaying. You may be able to get into this job through an Apprenticeship scheme with a building company. You will need to check which schemes are available in your area and what the requirements are. To find out more, visit the Apprenticeships website. Another option is to take a college course in bricklaying. This would teach you some of the skills needed for the job, but employers may still want you to have some site experience.
What key skills and personal attributes help with this role?
Skills & Attributes
How much can you expect to earn and what are the career progression options?
Salary & Progression
What made you enrol on the course with Construction Youth Trust?
At school I had focused on Business Management but I didn’t feel that it would lead to a clear career – I didn’t want to qualify and come out of university without a job or clear path
What attracted you to the course?
I thought I might like to try plumbing or engineering but the course gave a really good broad overview of the potential career opportunities in construction.