Bricklayers lay bricks, pre-cut stone, concrete blocks and other types of building blocks in mortar to construct and repair walls, foundations, partitions, arches and other structures.
Salaries typically depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do. Self-employed bricklayers set their own pay rates.
There are no set qualifications to become a bricklayer but it helps to have GCSEs 9-4(A*-C) in maths and English or equivalent such as Standard grades or National 4 or 5 or the Welsh Baccalaureate. Construction companies will be more interested in employing people who have building site experience.
This can be gained by working as a labourer and an employer may then train you in bricklaying. You must hold a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent to work on a site. You must pass a health and safety test to qualify for this scheme.
An apprenticeship with a bricklaying firm is a good way into a career as a bricklayer.
If you cannot find a relevant construction apprenticeship, it’s worth considering learning bricklaying at college. Employers will still want to see you’ve had some experience of working on a building site.
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