What's involved - View bricklayer's Emily's video

Bricklaying is one of the most recognised construction professions.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 as well, sometimes even working overseas.

Skills required

As a bricklayer 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. It's also very important to have an awareness of how to work safely, especially when working at heights and carrying loads.

Qualifications required

There are no formal requirements although it would help to have GCSEs in English or Welsh and Maths at A*-C (Applications from students with the Foundation or Intermediate Welsh Baccalaureate are also welcomed).

Salary ranges

(This is a guide to the average salary a fully qualified and experienced person might expect to get.)

 £17,000 - £28,500

Progression routes

There are a wide range of opportunities for Bricklaying and Craft Masonry apprentices to have a structured career path in both new builds and refurbishments.

Bricklaying and Craft Masonry apprentices will be able to progress to:

• Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) in Bricklaying

Find out what a real apprentice thinks:

What do you like about your apprenticeship?

It's given me the chance to develop my skills on site whilst being able to learn at the same time.

Why did you choose this career?

I chose to do Bricklaying because I had originally chosen to do Construction Management at university but I thought I needed a trade behind me. So I enrolled onto a bricklaying course at Bedford College where I was chosen for an apprenticeship by general construction firm, Relmfield Builders.

What do you do day-to-day?

I do anything that's required for a bricklayer; from drainage to cavity walling, solid walling, screeding, concreting, plastering, general maintenance work and brickwork.

What are the good bits about your job?

I like everything, from the team I work with to the practical skills I've learnt. My confidence has grown as a result of developing new skills in the day-to-day different situations we're put into and the fact that I'm learning every day. I also like the fact that being an apprentice allows you to learn whilst earning a wage which is really good!

What's the coolest thing you've done so far?

One of the best things I've done was the building of an inspection chamber at Gilbert Inglefield Middle School in Leighton Buzzard, as that was one of the first tasks I did on my own. I also enjoyed the reconstruction of a stone pillar at a local church and recently just finished building an extension, which was fun.

What would you say to anyone who wanted to try this?

I would say just do it. It's the best decision I ever made as it's opened so many doors.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In ten years I'd like to have a more managerial role or a surveying role but I would still love the opportunity to be able to go out on site and be able to use the tools and skills that I've learnt as an apprentice because it's what I love doing.