Apprenticeships in Scotland
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Stonemasons cut and prepare stone to build or repair stone structures. These may include homes, historical buildings, monuments, headstones and statues. Stonemasons may also use a range of other natural materials, such as granite and quartz.
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There are several routes to becoming a stonemason. You could do a college course, an apprenticeship or on the job training.
You should explore these routes to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
You could complete a college course to learn some basic skills and help you to get a job as a trainee in a construction company. You could start with a Level 1 Certificate in Construction Skills or a Level 2 Diploma in Stonemasonry.
If you are aged between 16 and 24 you may be eligible for a traineeship. This is a short course (2 weeks - 6 months) which helps you to gain work experience in your chosen role.
An apprenticeship is a good way into the industry.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
You could begin your career as an apprentice stonemason, or you could start as a bricklayer and then specialise in stonemasonry.
An advanced apprenticeship in stonemasonry heritage skills takes around 30 months to complete.
If you have some experience as a bricklayer you may be able to find work assisting a stonemason, and then do on-the-job training to gain a qualification in stonemasonry.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a stonemason. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills that may benefit anyone loooking to become a stonemason include:
As a stonemason you will be responsible for helping to repair or maintain structures, such as churches or houses. This can include cutting or carving a variety of types of stone, and you will usually have to ensure you preserve the look and feel of the building.
The job role of a stonemason involves the following duties:
Robert Broomsgrove is a banker mason for Wells Cathedral Stonemasons
The expected salary for a stonemason varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
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When you have gained some experience, you could undertake a level 3 apprenticeship, which would incorporate a diploma and NVQ qualifications.
You could also do further training and specialise in heritage and conservation stonemasonry, or move into a related area such as estimating or construction management.
Alternatively, you could progress into a supervisory role and earn a higher salary.
You could also set up your own business or train others in stonemasonry or bricklaying.