Bricklayer

Royal Engineers

This is available as a full time Army role.
This is available as a part time Army role.

A BRICKLAYING CAREER - WITH ADDED EXTRAS

WE COVERED MORE SUBJECTS THAN I THOUGHT, INCLUDING REINFORCED CONCRETING AND DEAD SHORING AS WELL AS CIVILIAN SKILLS SUCH AS DECORATIVE BRICKWORK AND CAPPINGS.
A bricklayer? In the Army? It might not be the first role you think of, but in fact, bricklayers are vital to our team. They make bridges, make buildings safe, create runways for aircraft and much, much more. It’s highly skilled work. So we offer first-class training, which you can use in the civilian world. This covers everything from scaffolding to block laying. Once you’re a qualified bricklayer and concreter, you can take other qualifications and improve your Maths and English. With sports, travel, adventurous training and good mates around you, it’s an experience you’ll never forget.

Training For The Role

Step 1
You'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier - this will cover everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle. If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years 5 months), you’ll do a 23-week basic military training course at Harrogate. If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years 1 month), you’ll do the regular 14-week adult basic training.

Step 2
Then it’s off to the Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment near Camberley for nine weeks. Here, you learn military engineering skills such as knots and lashings, demolition, mine warfare and bridge building. Then it’s 33 weeks’ technical training at the Royal School of Engineering in Chatham, learning about brickwork, scaffolding and concreting.

Entry Requirements

Age: 16 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months
Qualifications: GCSE Grade A–D/9-3 in at least English Language, Maths and one other subject
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 118kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 10m 45s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)
More information about the fitness test

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • Level 2 and 3 Diplomas in Bricklaying and Concreting (Military Engineering)
  • Level 2 Apprenticeship (NVQ Technical Certificate and Functional Skills) in Construction Building (EdExcel)

Rank Progression

Learn about rank progression here.

Pay and Benefits

From the Field

“I found the bricklaying course was set out well. We covered more subjects than I thought, including reinforced concreting and dead shoring as well as civilian skills such as decorative brickwork and cappings. With the correct drawings, I’d feel confident about building a structure from foundation level to roof level including openings.”

HOW TO APPLY

Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre,you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.

Training For The Role

Step 1 

Your training will depend on your military experience, trade qualifications and the role of your unit. If you need basic soldiering skills, you learn them at your nearest Army Training Unit.

Step 2

Then you go to the Army Training Centre, Pirbright, to be trained by Regular Army instructors. You learn to handle weapons, read maps and give first aid. Combat Engineer training is given by your unit. Finally, you have trade training at the Royal School of Military Engineering in Chatham. Over 33 weeks, you learn about brickwork, scaffolding and concreting.

Entry Requirements

Age: 17 years 9 months - 49 years 6 months
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 118kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 10m 45s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)
More information about the fitness test
Qualifications: GCSE Grade D/3 or above in at least Maths, English Language and one other subject

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations (Construction) – (Pearson WBL)
  • Level 2 Diploma in Defence Engineering (Bricklaying & Concreting) – (Cskills)
  • Functional Skills English at level 1 – (City and Guilds)
  • Functional Skills Mathematics at level 1 – (City and Guilds)

Pay and Benefits

You'll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £39.34 in training and rising to £50.21 per day once you're a Private. This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you're entitled to a tax-free lump sum called a bounty.

More about Reserve benefits

From the Field

“As a reservist I was given the opportunity to do a regular bricklayer and concreters’ course. I’ve found it very well structured and learnt a lot whilst on course. I have learnt how to construct reinforced concrete foundations, dead shoring and cavity walling. This course will help me in finding a new civilian career in the building trade thanks to the qualifications I have gained. I will also be more employable in my Reservist Unit.”

HOW TO APPLY

Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre,you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.

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