- knowledge of building and construction
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work well with others
- knowledge of maths
- to be flexible and open to change
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- ambition and a desire to succeed
- the ability to work well with your hands
- knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Your 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
You may need to wear protective clothing.
You could work on a construction site.
Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers, at height, physically demanding and you'll travel often.
With experience, you could become a construction site supervisor, or move into related areas like estimating or apprentice training.
You could also specialise in heritage work, stonemasonry, or set up your own business.