Bricklaying Apprenticeship
Employment Type:
£148 per week
Closing Date:
30th June, 2018

Company:                                  Palermo


Job Description

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.


Bricklayers begin their projects by studying the plans and drawings for what they are about to build. They then calculate the needed materials, determine the best construction method and set a schedule for completion. They cut and prepare bricks, lay out patterns and foundations, mix and spread mortar, and lay the bricks. They make sure that structures are level, clean excess mortar with trowels, and clean and polish all new surfaces. Bricklayers have a higher rate of injury than average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Muscle strains are common, and other dangers include falls from scaffolds.

Personal Qualities

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

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Bricklayers build and repair walls inside and outside of properties as well as working on other kinds of brickwork, such as tunnel walls and chimney stacks. The job of a bricklayer is to construct the first shell of a building, whether it is a house, a school, a bridge or any other construction.