The construction sector is the driving force behind the UK economy, employing three million people and contributing 6.4% of GDP. Not only that, the construction industry is central to delivering the homes, schools, hospitals, energy and transport infrastructure our society demands. A career in the construction industry is like no other. Bricklaying is a core function within the construction sector, particularly the house building sector. The Government has a target to build significantly more new homes over the coming years and therefore the demand for bricklayers has never been higher. Bricklayers lay bricks, blocks and other types of building components in mortar to construct and repair walls, foundations, partitions, arches and other structures eg chimney stacks. They might also refurbish brickwork and masonry on restoration projects. The range of sites and projects that bricklayers will work on include large commercial developments, new builds in housing, alterations, extensions and restorations. A bricklayer may work one-on-one or on larger jobs where their bricklaying group (gang) may work on a particular section of a building alongside other bricklaying gangs as well as other trades.
Bricklayers must have the following knowledge, skills, and behaviours; Health and safety hazards, current regulations and legislation including COSHH/risk assessments ; The principles of high quality customer service; Types of construction methods; The importance and considerations of thermal qualities, airtightness and ventilation of buildings; Determine quality and quantities of building material; Adhere to relevant health and safety legislation and codes of practices. Interpret drawings and specifications, measure the work area and set out level first courses of bricks to a plan; Lay bricks to set dimensions and apply mortar with a trowel to completion; Safe use of hammers, chisels, power tools; Correct use of laser levels, spirit levels, optical levels and string lines.