Apprenticeships in Scotland
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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.
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.
Salaries typically depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do. Self-employed bricklayers set their own pay rates.
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