Bricklaying Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship in bricklaying will develop your employability skills and give you a valuable experience of a variety of routine brickwork-related activities.  You will be working in a construction environment where your duties could encompass many areas of brickwork such as cavity walls, arches, piers, concreting and setting out solid walls.  Your exact duties will depend upon your employer.

Who would it suit?

Being a bricklayer would suit someone with good practical and creative skills.  The ability to work carefully and pay attention to detail are also important, as is the capacity to work alone or as part of a team.

Bricklayers usually work on building sites.  Much of the work is outside, in all weathers, as well as in noisy, dusty, dirty or wet areas. A lot of building work takes place at high levels so you need to be able to climb ladders and work from scaffolding.

The work involves a lot of standing, kneeling and movement, often using heavy tools or carrying loads of bricks and mortar.  On some jobs you would wear safety helmets and protective footwear, gloves, goggles or ear defenders.

As construction projects start and finish, bricklayers travel from site to site, working on one job and then moving on to the next.  This may involve working away from home.

What are the job opportunities?

A successful candidate becomes a fully-qualified tradesperson and can progress through opportunities in the construction industry.

What can I earn?

The usual working week is 37.5 hours, Monday to Friday, but times can vary to make the most of daylight hours or to avoid disrupting business.  Overtime at weekends or in the evenings is common.

Self-employed bricklayers often work additional hours, especially when first becoming established.

The minimum wage for an apprentice is about £150 per week, but at the London Apprenticeship Company we recommend that apprentices are paid considerably more. The average starting salary for a bricklayer is between £13,000 and £16,000 a year.  Average salaries for qualified workers are between £17,000 and £25,000 a year.

What will I learn?

The training is based on looking at you in your day-to-day work, making sure you are receiving the necessary on and off the job training and ensuring that you can reach competence in your role.  For example, you will be assessed on your ability to carry out your responsibilities at work and within your business environment. Optional assessments could include your ability to store, retrieve and archive information, use IT systems, and work effectively with other people.

How long does it take?

Training takes 9-12+ months from start to completion, depending on your job role and level of training.

What’s the training?

Apprenticeship training is structured so that you spend most of your time learning at work and some of your time at a training centre or completing training online, where appropriate.

All the qualifications you gain are recognised by employers and industry professionals.

There are two levels of Apprenticeship training for Bricklayers:

Level 2 Apprenticeship

NVQ Level 2 Trowel Occupations (Bricklaying)

Key skills in: Application of Numbers Levels 1 & Communication Level 1

Technical Certificate in Bricklaying

Employment Rights and Responsibilities

Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship

NVQ Level 3 Trowel Occupations (Bricklaying)

Key skills in: Application of Numbers Levels 2 & Communication Level 2

Technical Certificate in Bricklaying

Employment Rights and Responsibilities

What does an Advanced Apprenticeship in Bricklaying involve?

The London Apprenticeship Company will also support you through your Advanced Apprenticeship.  You will be employed by a committed employer, possibly the same employer that you have been with through your Level 2 Apprenticeship and be given an appropriate wage which reflects your previous experience and qualifications.

What support will I receive?

  1. LAC Mentor
    The London Apprenticeship Company will appoint you a mentor who will be on hand to support you throughout your apprenticeship.
  2. Employer Supervisor
    Your Employer Supervisor or Manager will address your needs at work and be responsible for making sure your employment is appropriate to your level of skill and training requirements.
  3. Trainer
    Your trainer is responsible for making sure you are keeping up with your assignments, assessing you at work and ensuring the training they deliver meets all the industry requirements.

What happens after completion?

The three most likely progression routes will be:

  1. Continued employment
    If you have done well in your job, your employer may offer you continued employment.
  2. Secure employment elsewhere
    With your qualifications, experience and references in place, you will be in a great position to get a good job.
  3. Further Training

Your apprenticeship can lead to further training such as an Advanced Apprenticeship or even university. (LAC will continue to support you if you choose to do an Advanced Apprenticeship.)

How to get started

If you’re looking for a bricklaying apprenticeship, check out our Apprenticeship Jobs Board

We also have interviews with apprentices on our videos page

If you’re already working, talk to your employer about getting apprenticeship training – and how the London Apprenticeship Company can help with specialist advice, training and information about grants.