I want to be a Bricklayer


Bricklayers build houses, repair walls and chimneys and refurbish decorative stonework. They also work on restoration projects.

Groundworkers are the first tradespeople onto a construction and civil engineering site. They work closely with supervisors and engineers in interpreting design specifications to prepare the site for structural building works.

SALARIES: range from £17,000 to £40,000 a year dependant on experience

In your day-to-day tasks you could:

  • Measure work areas and set out the first rows of bricks or blocks
  • Mix mortar by hand or with a mechanical mixer
  • Use a trowel to lay bricks and mortar
  • Shape and trim bricks using hammers, chisels and power tools
  • Check that rows are straight using a spirit level, laser level or plumb line

Your working environment may be physically demanding, outdoors in all weathers, at height and you’ll travel often.

WE CAN GET YOU ON THE RIGHT QUALIFICATION Below you will see you have a couple of options. You can apply for the vocational qualification (full-time course in the campus workshops), there is no need to pick a Level (Level 1 or Level 2) as this depends on your grades which will be discussed during enrolment, OR you can apply for an apprenticeship where you will be based in the workplace. Click on the buttons below to find out more ... 

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You could specialise in a particular type of bricklaying like heritage work or stonemasonry. You could become self- employed and set up your own business.

With experience, you could become a construction site supervisor, or move into related areas like estimating, training or teaching apprentices or students in a further education college.


Our Construction Career Excellence Hub is endorsed by leading employers, and they are actively involved throughout your whole training programme.

Here is an example of how employers will be getting involved with your programme:

  • They will co-design your training programme to provide you with the skills and knowledge needed for industry
  • They will help to create an inspirational learning experience for you
  • Provide the skills training required for wider industry
  • Provide opportunities to you, through industry placements
  • Assist in building your professional identity, through online networking.


Once you’ve completed your course, there are several options for you to further develop your skills and knowledge...

If you completed a Level 1 or Level 2 course, you can continue to progress to the next level course. Your tutor will talk you through your options.

We also offer a Construction T Level programme, which is a mixture of college and work-based learning designed to give you the technical skills and workplace experience to kick-start your construction career.

Technical areas of study could include Surveying, design, civil engineering, planning and emerging technologies such as drone surveying and BIM.

An apprenticeship is a fantastic way of entering the construction industry. Not only will you get the opportunity to get your foot in the door with a local or national company, you will also be able to earn while you learn.

Through apprenticeships you will work closely with an experienced tradesperson to develop and practice your skills, all whist receiving the benefits that being a student brings.

We have several degree options on offer at UCW, which will allow you to further develop your knowledge. UCW is rated as Gold in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework, meaning the teaching, learning and opportunities we provide are of the highest quality in Britain.

There are several degree options available in construction, which could lead you on to a career as an architect, site managers, project managers and surveyors. You can find the full UCW course list, here.

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