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Could a career in Bricklaying be for you?

Are you the kind of person who likes to learn practical skills and gets a real buzz from seeing a finished product as a result of your work? Are you happy to work inside or outside, on your own, or part of a huge team of construction workers?

Then bricklaying could be for you!

According to the latest information from EMSI*, a qualified bricklayer can expect to earn an average of £30.915 per year. Newly qualified brickies would start at around £13,500, with highly qualified professionals commanding up to £40,328 per year.

What does a bricklayer do?

Quite simply, they build things! You will be laying bricks, stone, or concrete blocks into mortar (the stuff used to hold bricks together), ensuring that the structure is level and safe. You’ll be working from plans or technical drawings and will likely be using hand or power tools on a day-to-day basis.

You could find yourself working anywhere – indoors or out, from large-scale construction sites working as part of a huge team, to small-scale domestic jobs working on your own. 

What qualifications do I need to get a job as a bricklayer?

You’ll need at least a Level 2 Diploma in Bricklaying, or an Apprenticeship in Bricklaying. You’ll also need a reasonable level of English and maths. If you want to progress into site management or site surveying, then you would need to continue your studies at Level 3 and 4 in Construction, Built Environment or Civil Engineering.

There are a few different options available to gain the required qualifications. You could consider either a full-time study programme in Bricklaying including English and maths if required, or if you prefer to earn while you learn, you might want to become an apprentice. Apprentices need to be employed as trainees in a relevant job and will usually attend College on a weekly basis or on block release.

Can I find a bricklaying course near me?

Yes! Here at MidKent College, we offer the Level 2 Apprenticeship and the full-time study programme in either Bricklaying - or Multi-trades, if you prefer to learn a range of other trade skills as well as bricklaying. These will all be starting in September 2022, with applications open on our website from November 2021.

Looking to progress your career as a bricklayer?

No problem – we also offer part-time higher education courses for adults in Construction, and Level 3 and 4 Apprenticeships in Surveying, Construction and Site Engineering (Civils).

*September 2021

Want to find out more about our apprenticeships and study programmes?  Why not come along to one of our November open events where you'll be able to chat to staff, view our industry-standard facilities and submit your application for September 2022!  REGISTER HERE NOW!

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