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)

£17,000 Starter


£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

42 to 44 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm away from home

How to become

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How to become Bricklayer

You can get into this job through:

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


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
  • T Level in On Site Construction

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

Some colleges and private training organisations may offer short or part-time bricklaying 'taster' courses. These may help you try the job if you're thinking of a change in career.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a level 1 course
  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T Level

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You can do a:

  • Bricklaying Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship
  • Craft Bricklaying Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship

These usually take between 2 and 3 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, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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

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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

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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
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • the ability to organise your time and workload
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In your day-to-day tasks you could:

  • measure work areas and set out the first rows of bricks or blocks
  • mix mortar by hand or with a mechanical mixer
  • use a trowel to lay bricks and mortar
  • shape and trim bricks using hammers, chisels and power tools
  • check that rows are straight using a spirit level, laser level or plumb line

Working environment

You could work on a construction site.

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

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

You could specialise in a particular type of bricklaying like heritage work or stonemasonry.

You could become self-employed and set up your own business.

With experience, you could become a construction site supervisor, or move into related areas like estimating, training or teaching apprentices or students in a further education college.

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Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Bricklayer

  • Wage: £13,312 a year Annually
  • Location: Sticker, St Austell, Cornwall

Bricklaying apprenticeship Level 2

  • Wage: £13,312 a year Annually
  • Location: DARITE, LISKEARD

Courses In England

L1 Bricklaying

  • Start date: 09 September 2024
  • Location: Filton

Construction - Bricklaying

  • Start date: 03 September 2024
  • Location: Launceston

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