Bricklayers build and repair walls.

What does a bricklayer do?

A bricklayer is an essential part of the construction industry. You could be building and repairing structures such as walls and chimney stacks. The work is mostly outdoors and requires a high level of physical fitness. 

What do I need to do to become a bricklayer?

You could train to become a bricklayer on the job, or alternatively there are NVQ courses you could take. You need to be physically fit to do the job. 

Related skills

  • Ability to understand technical plans
  • Physical fitness
  • Teamwork

Related subjects

  • Design technology
  • Physical education

Desirable qualifications

  • Level 2 qualification in bricklaying

Where could I be working?

As a bricklayer, you could be working on a small extension project or on a large development of new houses for a big building firm. 

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