How to Become a Bricklayer

Become a Bricklayer

In our review of different careers we take a look at how to become a bricklayer and the skills and knowledge needed to become a qualified bricklayer and builder.

What Does a Bricklayer Do?

A bricklayer builds, maintains and repairs all kinds of brick walls.  The walls might be interior or exterior, chimney stacks or decorative stonework.  A bricklayer can also refurbish brickwork on a restoration project.

A typical day for a bricklayer might involve mixing cement, measuring out the working area, laying the bricks and applying the cement, shaping the bricks and ensuring the bricks are laid straight.

As a bricklayer, you will be required to work outdoors in all weathers.  The working hours are usually in the daytime, Monday to Friday, but there might often be early starts and late finishes with overtime being needed during evenings and weekends.

Is Becoming a Bricklayer Right For Me?

A bricklayer will need the following skills and attributes:

  • The ability to work to deadlines.
  • A good level of physical fitness.
  • The ability to work as part of a team.
  • A high level of accuracy.
  • Strong practical ability.

How Much Can a Bricklayer Earn?

The average salary for a bricklayer across the UK is £21,000.  However, the wage can vary depending on skills and experience.  Bricklayers are also often paid hourly and work long hours which will mean a higher income.

What Qualifications Do I Need To Become a Bricklayer?

To become a bricklayer you don't require any specific qualifications (ideally an NVQ in bricklaying), but can learn through on-site training.  It would be an advantage to take an NVQ in bricklaying to make it easier to get your first job.