Do you want people to refer to you as a ‘brickie’? Do you like working outdoors? Do you want the sense of satisfaction that comes with constructing buildings from scratch? Well then, it sounds like you should become a bricklayer.
Bricklayers are responsible for building or repairing walls in accordance with construction plans. These dynamic construction workers also build or refurbish chimneys, arches and other structures. If you enter this profession, you might be working on construction projects of all sizes, ranging from small residential dwellings to large commercial properties.
These guys are usually employed by building contractors or sub-contractors and agencies engaged in infrastructure developments under the supervision of local authorities. A substantial majority of bricklayers are self-employed, offering their services to an established client base.
If you pull on a pair of boots, don a hard hat and get out on a busy construction site, you’ll ultimately be responsible for laying out the structural framework of buildings using bricks and mortar in accordance with approved construction plans.
You’ll be using a cement mixer to create mortar (the glue that holds bricks together), cutting and shaping bricks to fit corners, ceilings and floors, and then laying bricks in the right place.
You’ll need awesome attention to detail to make sure that the bricks are arranged in the right way. To make sure everything is accurate you’ll be using plumb lines and spirit levels to check that the bricks are aligned appropriately. In your professional life, you’ll be using a range of other specialist tools too, from hammers and trowels to state-of-the-art power tools.
Good Work Ethic
Ability to work effectively as part of a team, driven by own initiative
Flexible, enthusiastic, ‘can-do’ approach to everyday work, open to change and new ideas
Willingness and desire to take responsibility and use own initiativeCommitment to own personal professional development
– GCSE Maths and English A*- C or Functional Skills or equivalent; Preferred
Level 2 Bricklaying
*Please note that all applicants will need to successfully complete a work trial before being signed up on to the apprenticeship programme