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Building homes and commercial projects, both indoors and outdoors and in all weather, with the highest standards of accuracy and skill.

Why is this skill important?

The Bricklaying component of a house or building is usually the most visual aspect that people will see. The main responsibility for the bricklayer is to construct masonry components accurately and neatly according to the plans, which can often contain quite technical details.

No two projects are ever the same so the bricklayer has to be able to adapt their thinking and often find solutions to problems efficiently and effectively.

The bricklayer will interpret drawings, set out and measure, construct and finish to a high standard. They will begin with exceptional planning and scheduling skills, and continue work with concentration, precision, accuracy, and attention to detail to achieve an excellent finished project. They will work safely and tidily, with resilience and endurance.

Whether it is the brick work of a pathway, a wall or a house that next catches your eye, look closely at the expert work. In what you see, the outstanding bricklayer has demonstrated their keen skills in organization, communication, creativity and design, problem solving, and accuracy.

Could this skill be for you?

If you like:

  • Making things
  • Complex problems
  • Using tools

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The Challenge

Important elements of the challenge include:

  • Competitors must build a test project using bricks and blocks of different materials.

  • A smooth finish using sand, lime and cement must be achieved.

  • Judges are also marking for the correct use of equipment and safe working practices.

  • The finished project must include decorative brickwork with projects and recesses.

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How to compete

To reach the level of skills required to compete in a WorldSkills Competition takes several years of training and dedication. But the best time to start is now.

Find out more about how to take part in a WorldSkills Competition.