Brick Layers build and repair walls inside and outside of properties, they will make sure that the walls are waterproof, weatherproof and secure. This could be a house, a school, a bridge, a tunnel or other building constructions.
Many people start this job by doing a bricklaying apprenticeship. You may need some GCSEs including maths and English, or equivalent qualifications, depending on the employer. An apprenticeship can take between 24 and 30 months.
You could take a college course in basic construction skills or bricklaying, then try to find a trainee job with a building company.
Labouring or other building site experience can be helpful.
You'll also need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a building site.
Go Construct has more information on becoming a bricklayer.
Career Path and Progression
With experience, you could become a construction site supervisor, or move into related areas like estimating or apprentice training.
You could also specialise in heritage work, stonemasonry, or set up your own business.
Related careers you may be interested in:
- Construction labourer
- Practical person who has the ability to work carefully and accurately and follow technical plans
- Reasonably fit
- A good awareness of health and safety as you may sometimes have to work at heights.
£15,000 to £35,000