Brick and Blocklayer Ringa Tiri Pereki/Ringa Tiri Poraka

Brick and blocklayers lay bricks, concrete blocks and tiles to construct or repair buildings, walls, arches, chimneys or paved areas.

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Some building work must be carried out or overseen by a Licensed Building Practitioner. To get a licence, you have to prove your experience and/or have appropriate qualifications.

Brick and blocklayers may do some or all of the following:

  • consult with clients
  • design and draw bricklaying plans
  • read and follow construction plans
  • cut and shape bricks, blocks and tiles
  • make and place mortar
  • lay bricks, blocks and tiles in rows or shapes
  • alter, repair and restore brickwork.

Physical Requirements

Brick and blocklayers need to be reasonably fit and healthy, and need to have strong arms and a strong back.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for brick and blocklayers includes:

  • industrial, interior or landscape design work
  • construction site labouring
  • any other work in the building construction industry.

Personal Qualities

Brick and blocklayers need to be:

  • accurate
  • motivated, and able to work to strict deadlines 
  • able to work well independently and as part of a team 
  • comfortable working at heights and in confined spaces
  • good communicators.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for brick and blocklayers includes:

  • industrial, interior or landscape design work
  • construction site labouring
  • any other work in the building construction industry.

Subject Recommendations

No specific secondary education is required for this job, but English, maths and construction and mechanical technologies to at least NCEA Level 2 are useful.

Year 11 and 12 learners can find out more about the construction industry, and gain relevant skills, by doing a National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trades (Levels 1 and 2) through the BConstructive programme.

For Year 11 to 13 learners, trades academies and the STAR and Gateway programmes are good ways to gain relevant experience and skills.

These programmes may help you gain an apprenticeship, but do not reduce the amount of time it takes to complete it.

Brick and Blocklayers can earn around $19-$25 per hour per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Brick and Blocklayer are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

Brick and blocklayers may progress to set up their own business.

Brick and blocklayers may specialise in paving and resurfacing outside areas with bricks, tiles, concrete or cobblestones.

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