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Stonemason

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A stonemason uses a range of stone, including sandstone, limestone, granite and marble, to construct new buildings and monuments and to restore old ones.

The Work

There are two types of specialist stonemasons – banker masons (who cut, shape and carve blocks of stone in a workshop) and fixer masons (who use the blocks of stone to construct and repair buildings).

As a banker mason you could be:

As a fixer mason you could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

There is a minimum wage for apprentices in Scotland. As of June 2018 the Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Council (SBATC) rates for a 4-year apprenticeship based on a 39-hour week are:

Year 1 – £177.45
Year 2 – £230.10
Year 3 – £305.37
Year 4 – £370.50.

Please note these rates may vary if the Apprentice is 21 years old or over and has completed the first year of their apprenticeship. National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) will apply.

With experience your salary would rise to around £19,000 to £35,000 a year. Self-employed professionals earn more than those in full time employment.

Conditions

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Getting In

Look for work with contractors, stonemasonry firms, monumental masons and with firms or organisations involved in restoring old, sometimes historic, buildings. Agencies such as Historic Environment Scotland or the National Trust for Scotland recruit apprentice stonemasons for various locations across Scotland. Apprenticeships last between 3 and 4 years. Check their websites for details.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
3156
0 %
SAME
2023
3156
  United Kingdom
2018
30966
0.8 %
RISE
2023
31217

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

Many masons prefer to stick to their craft, rather than transfer into the office-based technical, supervisory and managerial roles, although these routes are still possible.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
Tel: 0344 994 8800
E-mail: scotland.apprenticeships@citb.co.uk
Website: http://www.citb.co.uk
Website (2): http://www.citb.co.uk/bconstructive
Twitter: @CITB_UK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/citb.uk/

CITB is the Sector Skills Council which covers a wide range of sectors in the development and maintenance of the built environment. Its careers website (bconstructive.co.uk) provides a wide range of information on jobs in the construction industry.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES)
Tel: 0131 668 8600
Website: http://www.historicenvironment.scot
Twitter: @HistEnvScot
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/historicenvscotland

Historic Environment Scotland is the new lead public body for the country's historic environment. It brings together Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monumnents of Scotland.

Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Council (SBATC)
Tel: 0131 556 8866
E-mail: registrar@sbatc.co.uk
Website: http://www.sbatc.co.uk

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