- On site, Hands-on, Team work, Heights, Building
- Salary Range: £17,000 - £28,500
- Nation: England & Wales
Craft masons are often called bricklayers and build masonry structures to exact plans. They place, finish and apply thin layers of concrete to surfaces as well as carrying out complex building work.
Craft masons build and repair walls, chimney stacks, tunnel
linings and decorative stonework like archways. They also refurbish
brickwork and masonry on restoration projects.
They measure work areas, mix mortar, shape, trim and lay bricks
and set out first rows (courses). Craft masons check that all
courses are straight and also apply damp courses to prevent
moisture from passing through the walls.
As a craft mason you will 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
You will also need to be precise, accurate and be able to follow
instructions from architects. 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
GCSE's in English/Welsh and Maths at A*-C (Applications from
students with the Foundation/Intermediate Welsh Baccalaureate are
(This is a guide to the average salary a fully qualified and
experienced person might expect to get.)
£17,000 - £28,500
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
- Apprenticeship (Level 3) in Bricklaying
After gaining work experience in the chosen occupational area
there are also opportunities to progress into occupational work
supervision, management or technical support areas.