Stonemasons will carve blocks of either artificial or natural stone for sculptures, memorials, grave stones and other stone artefacts. They use a variety of both hand tools and machinery to shape pieces of rock into accurate shapes for building or decoration.
There are no formal qualifications required for this career but completing a college course would help to get into the industry. Employers often look for people who have been in the construction industry but you may be able to get into this career by completing an apprenticeship, have a look at the National Apprenticeship website to see if there is anything available in your area.
You have to have a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on building sites and driving licence may also be required.
- ability to follow architectural drawings and plans
- attention to detail
- good hand eye co-ordination
- good mathematics skills for accurately measuring areas
- an awareness of health and safety issues and regulations
£15,000 to £35,000