Bricklaying Apprenticeships & Qualifications

Bricklaying overview

Bricklayers lay bricks and blocks in mortar to build and repair walls, foundations, partitions, arches and other structures, such as chimney stacks. They might also refurbish brickwork and masonry on restoration projects.  

They can work on a wide range of sites and projects, including large commercial developments, new builds in housing, alterations, extensions and restorations. A bricklayer might work alone or as part of a bricklaying group (gang) alongside other trades.  

If you want a varied job that makes good use of your practical skills and takes you out and about, a bricklaying apprenticeship could be perfect for you. 

You’ll need to be good at solving problems, able to follow technical plans and understand the importance of health and safety. You’ll also need good customer care skills. 

How do you get into the industry? 

There are no specific grades needed to start a career in bricklaying, however, many employers look for people that enjoy working “hands-on”. 

Any previous practical qualifications, such as Engineering or Design and Technology, or experience would help when applying for jobs in the construction industry. 

During the Bricklaying Apprenticeship you’ll cover areas such as: 


  • Health, safety and welfare  
  • Customer service  
  • Communication  
  • Buildings  
  • Energy efficiency  
  • Materials  
  • Alternative construction techniques  
  • Radial brickwork  
  • Fireplaces and chimneys  


  • Safe working practices  
  • Masonry structures  
  • Working area  
  • Building Technology  


  • Positive and mature attitude  
  • Quality focused  
  • Effective communication. 

Further Progression 

After completing your apprenticeship in bricklaying, you’ll be able to progress onto further qualifications or apply for higher positions including supervisor and manager. 

Register your interest using the form below and one our team will contact you.

You’ll need to have a job or a placement in the industry as this is a work-based qualification. 

You don’t always need academic qualifications, but some employers might prefer you to have a good standard of general education, such as GCSEs, as well as English and maths. 


You’ll get to experience what it’s like to work in the construction sector. At the end of the programme you may be able to progress onto a full apprenticeship with us. 

What qualifications will I gain? 
  • Level 1 Diploma in Bricklaying 
  • Functional Skills in Maths and English. 
Length of course  

Eight to nine months 


On-programme is the learning phase for apprentices to pick up the skills, knowledge and behaviours set out in the standard. You need to complete 20% off-the-job training during the on-programme phase of your apprenticeship which must take place in your contracted hours.  

You must also complete a portfolio of evidence during your on-programme learning.  

If not already achieved, you will have to achieve Level 1 English and maths and take the test for Level 2 prior to taking your end-point assessment.  

What qualifications will I gain? 
  • Bricklayer Standard Qualification 
  • Functional Skills Level 1 or 2 in maths and English 
  • Functional Skills Level 1 or 2 in ICT if needed 
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities 
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills. 
Length of Course

24 to 30 months