Become a Bricklayer

Bricklaying involves working on both commercial and private properties. Bricklayers use a range of materials including bricks and mortar and specialist tools such as trowels, chisels and bolsters. You need a head for heights and it involves working outdoors in all kinds of weather. Hours of work vary, typically are Monday to Friday with overtime at weekends.

  • Good with your hands
  • Attention to detail
  • Accuracy & proficiency
  • Ability to read plans
  • Organised
  • A good level of fitness
  • Team working

Bricklaying is available as a study programme, part-time and apprenticeship course.

Good GCSEs are recommended for measurements and calculations.

At Leeds College of Building entry is via a basic skills test.


A bricklaying labourer can earn up to £20,000 a year.

Qualified bricklayers can earn between £20,000 and £30,000 a year.

Experienced bricklayers, including instructors, can earn up to £36,000 a year.

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