Bricklayers are responsible for setting out buildings using blocks, bricks and mortar in accordance with approved construction plans. Bricklayers also build and repair walls, chimney stacks, tunnel linings and decorative work such as archways. They might also refurbish brickwork and masonry on restoration projects.
To work on a construction site you need to have a Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) card, which covers essential health and safety, however if you wish to earn more than a labourer, gaining a technical skills qualification will provide you with a great start to a career. You can train full-time with us for up to three years with the option to move in to an apprenticeship at any time. We also offer a Level 1 qualification to get you started if you do not meet these entry requirements.
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You would like to gain the specialist skills needed for working in building construction and progress onto our Level 3 course.
Four GCSEs at grade 3 or above, ideally including maths and English.
This very specialist one-year diploma is essential if you want to work in building construction in the South West. A craft masonry qualification offers much more specialist skills that are relevant to the materials used in the region and such a qualification will make you stand out from the crowd. The course will cover practical and theoretical study of how to interpret working drawings, setting out masonry structures, building solid and cavity walls to form craft masonry structures, producing internal and external finishes, installing pitched roof systems.
Craft masonry is similar to bricklaying, but also provides more comprehensive training in plastering and roofng and working with a broader range of materials.
The industry focus from our qualified masonry lecturers, equipping you for a successful career in construction.
You could progress to an advanced Level 3 apprenticeship or a full-time Level 3 building or civil engineering qualification.
There is currently a shortage of homes in the UK and as such house builders are busier than ever.
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.