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Bricklayer or Plasterer

Construction skills are in high demand across the country for all kinds of building projects. A construction apprenticeship is the perfect entry point to gaining this valuable expertise. You don't need any previous experience and you can build a lifelong, rewarding career where you'll get to see the results of your work everyday.

Bricklaying and plastering are essential trades in the construction industry. Bricklayers are responsible for creating strong foundations and walls that make buildings safe and sturdy. Plasterers make walls more durable, repair damage and create a smooth clean finish for decoration.

Typical level 2 bricklaying tasks include:

  • using mortar to lay bricks according to detailed plans
  • sealing foundations against damp
  • using hand tools, power tools and brick cutting machines
  • constructing arches and other ornamental brickwork

After completing your apprenticeship you may choose to specialise in a single area, such as estimating, training, heritage restoration or stonemasonry. You could progress to a site supervisor, construction manager role or start your own business.

Typical level 2 plastering tasks include:

  • mixing and applying plaster to walls and ceilings inside buildings
  • Fixing plasterboard (dry lining)
  • applying protective coverings (render) to outer walls
  • creating ornamental plasterwork

After completing your apprenticeship you may choose to specialise in a single area, such as solid plastering, external rendering or insulation. You might progress into a supervisory role, start your own business or specialise as a construction site engineer.

Apprenticeship duration: approx. 2 to 3 years

Salary expectations: starting salary can be up to £18k

Find out more about bricklaying or plastering apprenticeships

Where could you work?

You could work locally to where you live or choose to travel. Building projects including new housing developments, happen all over the country and almost always require bricklayers and plasterers.

Bricklayers will mainly work on outdoor construction sites, sometimes high up (it helps to have a head for heights!). Plasterers will mainly work indoors in homes, business premises and on construction sites.

"Our apprenticeships don't just give young people the credentials to succeed on paper, they get the network, the experience and the opportunities to build a career in housebuilding that makes a big difference in a growing industry."

- Barratt Developments

Meet some apprentices

Meet Billie-Jo, who loves making friends and working flexibly as a plasterer.

Meet Isaac and Ben, who are bricklayer apprentices and set for life with their new skills.

Meet Liam, a bricklayer apprentice, who is aiming to start his own business.

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