Bricklayer

Bricklayers build and repair walls and other parts of buildings.

This page has information on the role of a bricklayer in the NHS, including entry requirements and skills needed. 

Working life

As a bricklayer in the NHS, you may work on

bricklayer standing

You'll keep the outside walls of NHS buildings in good condition by doing repairs when necessary.  You may also work on major construction projects lasting several months.

Who will I work with?

For small repairs, you may work on their own. For larger projects, you'll usually work in a team with other bricklayers or with other estates staff such as carpenters, plumbers, tilers, painters and decorators or electricians.

You may have to travel between sites in an NHS vehicle or your own van.

Alternatively, you could be a bricklayer working for a building/construction company providing construction services to the NHS.

Entry requirements 

There are no set entry requirements to become bricklayer. They usually have a recognised vocational qualification in construction.

To train as a bricklayer, you usually need GCSEs in English and maths. Employers may ask for some experience in construction or other practical work. There are often apprenticeships in estates support work which could provide such useful experience. Find out more about apprenticeships.

Employers may ask for a driving licence.

Skills needed

Bricklayers need to be

Training and development

When you start as a trainee bricklayer, your training will include

You will be encouraged to study for qualifications such as vocational qualifications.

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