There are a lot of reasons to consider enrolling on one of our bricklaying courses here at YTA with a view to pursuing a career in this field – not least the potentially rich financial rewards. Indeed, according to recent research by the Federation of Master Builders, the average bricklayer and roofer in the UK commands a £42,000 salary, compared to a mere £32,000 for the typical university graduate in England.
However, you won’t succeed as a bricklayer unless you possess a thorough understanding of what the job entails, as well as the qualities to fulfil those duties to the highest standards.
What do bricklayers spend their days doing?
There are various day-to-day tasks involved in bricklaying. These range from the measurement of work areas and the setting out of the first rows of bricks or blocks, to the mixing of mortar by hand or with a mechanical mixer, and the application of mortar with a trowel as part of the process of laying bricks on top of each other.
What personal traits and skills do good bricklayers possess?
It may seem self-evident to you that a bricklayer performs these activities, but it is important to have the personal qualities required to do them well, including excellent attention to detail and a responsible attitude to safety, as well as patience due to the high level of repetition involved. Good physical strength, stamina and hand-eye coordination are similarly vital.
Prospective bricklayers must also be good at mathematics so that they can measure and mix materials correctly, in addition to being well-organised and proficient with both hand and power tools.
Take the first step to a fulfilling new life as a ‘brickie’
While no specific qualifications are required to become a bricklayer, you’ll have a distinct advantage when pursuing jobs with construction companies if you have a certain level of on-site experience and training.
This is where our own bricklaying courses here at YTA may play an instrumental role. We presently offer courses ranging from a ‘hands-on’ one-day taster course in bricklaying, right up to a 10-day course that presents you with the opportunity to obtain a full qualification, the CITB Cskills Level 1 Certificate in Bricklaying.
Whatever your current level of experience and skill in bricklaying, we can provide you with the training here at YTA that will enable you to start or progress your journey into this profession that is so rewarding in more ways than one.
You can discuss any of our bricklaying courses in more detail by giving our team a call today on 01274 682199 or emailing email@example.com.