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How To Become A Bricklayer

How To Become A Bricklayer

A professional bricklayer outlines some of the duties of a bricklayer and how to join the profession.

Hi, my name's Mark, I'm a lecturer from South Thames College and today I'm going to give you some information and helpful tips in bricklaying. In this video I'm going to talk to you a little bit about bricklaying and what's involved if you were to become a bricklayer in the industry. You'd be learning footings and foundations to build small, dwarf walls to garden walls.

You'd be building houses, flats. You'd be building cavity walls, which involves the use of blocks and bricks and different materials such as wall tiles, DPC, damp trays, lintels built of concrete and metal and loads of different types of bricks for underground work.

For instance you'd be using engineering bricks for inspection chambers, which take a lot of compression and face brick, flettons and stock bricks.

If you're looking at becoming a brick layer, the best place and the best time to start is between 16 and 18 and to try to get an apprenticeship in bricklaying. This would involve 1 day in a college and the rest of the week you'd be working on-site, in the industry with tradesmen.

You don't really need any entry skills or entry requirements to get onto a brick laying course in a college or to start an apprenticeship.

You just need to have a general insight to basic math equations and be fairly safe working, because working on a building site can be very dangerous. Working as a bricklayer in the industry is very rewarding, you work on many different sites so you're not based in one place and you can earn quite a good living from it. You could even work on a building site and going from that, you could advertise and start your own building company and work for yourself, which would entail many different aspects of jobs and you could always pick some other DIY hints and stuff to work by yourself, to work on your own.

And that's my guide to being a bricklayer.