- On site, Hands-on, Team work, Heights, Building
- Salary Range: £17,000 - £28,500
- Nation: Scotland
Choose to work with brick and you know your work's going to be around long after you're enjoying your pension.
It can be very creative work, as bricklayers are often called
upon to produce interesting and decorative effects. The trowel
occupations also demand practical people who can work quickly and
repetitively, often high above the ground.
Bricklaying is one of the most recognised construction
What's interesting is how many different materials bricklayers
can work with and the different effects they can create. A
bricklayer often gets the opportunity to travel around and
sometimes work overseas.
You'll need a good head for heights and be happy to work
outdoors. Bricklaying can also be quite physical so good fitness is
important, as well as being able to work in a team.
You'll also need to be precise, accurate and able to follow
instructions from architects and engineers. It is also very
important to have an awareness of how to work safely, especially
when working at heights and carrying loads.
There are no formal requirements although it would help to have
Maths and English Standard Grades.
(This is a guide to the average salary a fully qualified and
experienced person might expect to get.)
£17,000 - £28,500
After gaining further experience, there are opportunities to
progress into supervisory and management roles, and many
bricklayers go on to set up their own companies.
- PDA Construction Crafts (SCQF Level 7)
If you then decide to progress into supervisory, design or
management roles there are opportunities to study for:
- Technical, supervisory and management SVQ qualifications
(SCQF Levels 8,9,11)
- HNC Construction or a number of other built environment HNC/HND
qualifications (SCQF Levels 7 or 8)
- Degree level qualifications in a number of construction
disciplines (SCQF Levels 9 to 12)
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about this role from an apprentice's point of view