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What is a Bricklayer?

Bricklayers work in the general construction industry, building all types of new low-rise and high-rise structures, including homes, unit/apartment blocks, and industrial buildings as well as repairing veneer and full brick constructions, partitions, arches, fireplaces, chimneys, retaining walls, fences and other structures. They work with clay bricks, pre-cut stone, concrete bricks, masonry blocks and other types of building bricks in mortar.

Examples of tasks and duties:

  • Read plans and specifications
  • Carry out measurements and calculations
  • Mix mortar
  • Use string lines and levels
  • Lay bricks and blocks to straight and curved walls and surfaces
  • Simple concreting

How do I get into this trade?

To complete a Bricklaying Apprenticeship, you would have needed to graduate Year 10 with good results in English and Maths. It would be highly recommended that you complete a Certificate I in Construction if you have no previous work experience. You may also wish to consider starting this apprenticeship whilst still at school.

What does your career prospect look like?

After completing your Bricklaying / Block Laying Apprenticeship, you now have a solid foundation to continue developing your trade expertise further. You can be employed by a bricklaying subcontractor, a building / construction contractor or you may wish to be your own boss, as a self-employed tradesperson.

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