Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Registered Apprenticeship
Bricklayers can work within construction or maintenance work. In construction, bricklayers build walls, chimneys, fireplaces, partitions, and other structures in homes and public buildings. In maintenance work, bricklayers repair existing structures, such as the brick linings in industrial furnaces, kilns, and fireplaces. Bricklayers work with brick, concrete, cinder block, tile, marble, and terra cotta, a ceramic material used for decoration.
The four-year registered apprenticeship program grants students the opportunity to take classes and get hands-on experience all while earning a steady wage with benefits. First year apprentices make $15 an hour in addition to $10 in benefits. Apprentices also get raises as they continue the program.
After students are accepted in the program, they are invited into an eight-week class that teaches the different fields of bricklaying and allied craftwork. After the eight weeks, the student can choose what area they want to pursue.
An apprentice bricklayer will start at 60% of Journeyman wage ($15) with the possibility of a 5% raise each 6 month period until the apprentice reaches 90% of Journeyman wages.
Apprenticeship training provides individuals with the skills needed to compete economically and work safely. Union members of the building and construction trades typically receive higher wages and better benefits than those employed by non-union contractors.
High school courses important to the position:
Mathematics, drafting and blueprint reading, construction technology, shop, and welding.
Specific skills that your business recognizes as fundamental to employment (life skills):
Qualifications to become an apprentice include a strong foundation of math and literacy skills, a high school or an equivalency diploma, and the ability to successfully complete an aptitude test. Additionally a qualified candidate must be physically fit, drug-free, have access to reliable transportation, and have proof of citizenship or the legal right to work in the United States.