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Job Description

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.

Entry Requirements

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:

  • Estimator
  • Scaffolder
  • Construction labourer
  • Stonemason
  • Steeplejack

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • 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.

Starting Salary

£15,000 to £35,000

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