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“If you enjoy doing practical things and you are interested in construction, this could be the perfect job for you.”


Bricklayers build and repair walls, chimney stacks, tunnel linings and decorative stonework. They might also refurbish brickwork and masonry on restoration projects.

Day-to-day duties include measuring and preparing the work area, mixing mortar and materials, laying bricks and finishing the project.

To become a bricklayer, you will need to be able to read plans. You’ll also need to be able to work in a well organised way.

You may not need formal qualifications to become a bricklayer, but employers usually want people who have some on-site experience.

Some building companies may want you to have GCSEs in subjects like maths and English and a diploma in a related subject.

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