If you are thinking about a change of career and a fresh start then retraining as a bricklayer is definitely a choice you should consider. There is still a shortage of skilled trades’ people in the UK so even though we are in a tough economic climate the demand for qualified bricklayers is still high and this will only increase as we pull out of recession.
Retraining as a bricklayer will bring many advantages to you, you could become self employed or set up on your own and be your own boss, working hours that suit you and your family’s needs. Or you could do contract work on big projects and go where the money takes you. Or work for your local building firm and just take a regular wage; the options are there for you to choose.
Probably the most important reasons to retrain as a bricklayer is that once you have completed your training and are fully qualified you’ve achieved a skill that will stay with you for life, you’ll be a bricklayer and no one can take that away from you.
How to retrain as a bricklayer?
In the past the only way you could get trained up as a bricklayer was to become an apprentice for a few years, but fortunately with the high demand for training places there have sprung up purpose built training centres all over the UK. There are no formal entry requirements; all you need is a desire to learn your chosen trade. In these training centres you learn from experienced bricklayers who will have worked in the industry for many years.
The training courses are full time Monday – Friday and you will be taught everything you will need to know to enter work as a fully qualified bricklayer, you will learn the theory needed for bricklaying as well as the hands on practical parts of laying bricks in mock up situations, in the training centre. These intensive courses can last anywhere between 6 – 8 weeks (or longer if you choose to take the courses part time) depending on what qualification you are aiming for and the amount of training you need.
Intensive bricklaying courses can be quite expense usually costing between £1000 and £2000 depending on the length and comprehensiveness of the course. For example the City & Guilds Bricklaying 6217 certificate will teach you everything you need to know to be a fully trained bricklayer.
But if you look at it in the big picture it really is a good investment for your future career and one that will stay with you all your working life.
Anything else I should know?
Yes, it’s important to make sure that whichever training course provider you choose is City & Guilds accredited, then you can be sure you’ll be getting trained to the correct industry standards.
Another thing you need to understand is that although the City & Guilds training courses will teach you everything you need to know to start work as a bricklayer, it would be well worth your while to try to get aBricklaying NVQ, an NVQ is awarded by an assessor who will come and assess you at a place of work, the City & Guilds Bricklaying 6217 course will have taught you everything you need to know to be able to achieve the NVQ.
Ask you training course if they can help you getting work to gain the NVQ.
That’s about it, all in all being a bricklayer is a very rewarding career and is certainly achievable by most people who are willing to do the training to become one, good luck.