Bricklaying Apprentice

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This is a general application for a Bricklaying Apprenticeship. We are currently working with businesses in Plymouth and the surrounding areas to secure opportunities for applicants.

Salary per week:
£4.15 per hour at minimum. Your wage will depend on the hours worked.

An apprentice must work a minimum of 30 hours per week, however most work around 40. Generally working Monday - Friday.


Bricklayers build houses, repair walls and chimneys, refurbish decorative stonework and work on restoration projects. As an apprentice bricklayer you will be out working on building sites assisting an existing team and learning practical construction skills, with one day a week spent training at City College Plymouth. This is an apprenticeship that would suit people who are physically active and are happy to work outside year round.


Day to day tasks could include:

  • Measuring work areas and setting out the first rows of bricks or blocks
  • Mixing mortar by hand or with a mechanical mixer
  • Applying mortar with a trowel and laying bricks on top of each other
  • Shaping and trimming bricks using hammers, chisels and power tools
  • Checking that rows are straight using a spirit level and plumb line


Training will be provided by City College Plymouth with regular attendance required at the Kings Road campus, as well as direct training within the workplace.

Over the 24 month apprenticeship, you will work towards the following:

  • Level 2 Bricklayer Standard
  • Behaviours, Skills & Knowledge
  • Functional Skills in maths and English at level 1 (if not already exempt through prior qualifications)

In addition to College attendance you will have regular visits at the workplace from a designated College assessor to observe your progress and competence in the role you are carrying out.

As part of your application you will need to complete a practical assessment with the College’s Bricklaying team to see your current ability, desire and drive to work within this industry. We are not expecting you to have any prior skills or knowledge, just the willingness to succeed and employability factors.

Qualities and skills:

  • A passion for practical skills
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • Good physical fitness
  • Enthusiasm
  • A desire to learn
  • Reliable
  • Happy to work outside in all weather
  • Good coordination
  • A responsible attitude towards work safety

No formal qualifications are required to apply for this apprenticeship, but GCSE’s in English and maths (grade A-D / 9-3) or equivalent will be looked at by City College Plymouth on application.


Depending on the business you secure your apprenticeship with, will determine what your progression routes are. The College will be able to establish whether the contract of employment is for the duration of the apprenticeship only, or whether future opportunities will be available.

Many of the apprentices who complete this apprenticeship with City College Plymouth are able to progress onto the level 3 Bricklaying apprenticeship and then onto a level 4 Higher National Certificate in Construction.

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By applying for this position you will go through the College’s assessments and once successful, you will be assigned a Business Engagement Officer who will guide you into employment by finding the best suited workplace.