Bricklayer

Alternative titles for this job include Mason, brickie

Bricklayers build houses, repair walls and chimneys, and refurbish decorative stonework. They also work on restoration projects.

Average salary (a year)

£15,000 Starter

to

£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

42 to 44 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm away from home

How to become a Bricklayer

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role

College

You can take a college course like a:

  • Level 1 Certificate in Construction Skills
  • Level 2 Diploma in Bricklaying
  • Level 2 Diploma in Trowel Occupations

These courses will teach you some of the skills needed for the job and can help you to find a trainee position with a building company.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G) for a level 1 course
  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course

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Apprenticeship

You could start by doing an intermediate bricklaying apprenticeship.

This will usually take 2 years to complete. You'll do on-the-job training and spend time with a college or training provider.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Work

You could start as a construction site labourer and take training on the job to become a bricklayer.

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Registration

Professional and industry bodies

You can join an organisation like the Federation of Master Builders, for professional recognition and training opportunities.

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a bricklayer from Go Construct and House Building Careers.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • knowledge of maths
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks could include:

  • measuring work areas and setting out the first rows of bricks or blocks
  • mixing mortar by hand or with a mechanical mixer
  • applying mortar with a trowel and laying bricks on top of each other
  • shaping and trimming bricks using hammers, chisels and power tools
  • checking that rows are straight using a spirit level and plumb line

Working environment

You could work on a construction site.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers, at height, physically demanding and you'll travel often.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

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.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Bricklaying Apprenticeship

  • Wage : £148.00 Weekly
  • Location: Devon EX5 1DH

Joinery apprentice

  • Wage : £138.75 Weekly
  • Location: Harrogate HG2 7QE

Courses In England

NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations (Construction) (QCF)

  • Provider: Project Management (Staffordshire) Ltd
  • Start date: 01 January 2019
  • Location: Newcastle under Lyme

NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations (Construction) (QCF)

  • Provider: NORTH WEST SKILLS ACADEMY LIMITED
  • Start date: 06 January 2019
  • Location:

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