Bricklayers build houses, repair walls and chimneys and refurbish decorative stonework. They also work on restoration projects.Job Category:
What you will do:
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
- knowledge of building and construction
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
- the ability to work well with your hands
physical skills like strength, balance and coordination
As well as:
To become a bricklayer, specific subjects are not typically required. However, having a strong educational background in relevant areas can be beneficial. Here are some subjects and skills that can be helpful:
- Mathematics: Basic math skills are important for measurements, calculations related to construction, and understanding architectural plans.
- Design and Technology: Courses related to design and technology can provide hands-on experience and knowledge in areas like construction techniques, woodworking, and project management.
- Science: While not mandatory, understanding basic principles of science, such as physics and materials science, can be beneficial for understanding the properties of building materials.
- Physical Education (PE): Bricklaying can be physically demanding, so being physically fit and having stamina can be important.
- English Language: Effective communication skills, including reading and understanding instructions, are important for safety guidelines and documentation.
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
You can take a college course like, in the UK, 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.
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.
You could start as a construction site labourer with a bricklaying ‘gang’ and take training on the job to become a bricklayer.
Working Hours and Environment:
Typically you could work 42 to 44 hours a week.
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 & 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.