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A bricklayer generally works on commercial and residential projects. There is a direct relationship between the nature and quality of the product required and the payment made by the customer. Therefore the bricklayer has a continuing responsibility to work professionally in order to meet the requirements of the customer and thus maintain and grow the business.

Bricklaying is closely associated with other parts of the construction industry, and with the many products that support it, normally for commercial purposes. The bricklayer works internally and externally, including the homes of customers and on building sites, in all weather conditions on small and major projects. He or she will interpret drawings, set out and measure, construct and finish to a high standard. Work organization and self-management, communication and interpersonal skills, problem solving, innovation and creativity, working accurately are the universal attributes of the outstanding bricklayer.

Whether the bricklayer is working alone or in a team the individual takes on a high level of personal responsibility and autonomy. From working safely and tidily with resilience and endurance through to exceptional planning and scheduling, concentration, precision, accuracy and attention to detail to achieve an excellent finish every step in the process matters and mistakes are largely irreversible and very costly. With the international mobility of people the bricklayer faces rapidly expanding opportunities and challenges.

For the talented bricklayer there are many commercial and international opportunities; however these carry with them the need to understand and work with diverse cultures and trends. The diversity of skills associated with bricklaying is therefore likely to expand.