How a Simple Bricklaying Course Can Change Your World

The fear of the unknown can paralyze even the bravest of us, and it goes beyond simply not knowing what awaits us in some unexplored country. In a greater sense, it has to do with whether we will succeed and achieve great things, or let a failure make us less of a person than we were before. Our forefathers were trained in the essentials of doing things for themsel 7ves, but those skills have largely been lost as one generation passed the torch to another. So it’s no wonder that many of us feel intimated, for example, by a simple home improvement project that we think we could do, but that fear of the unknown prevents us from even making the attempt.

Getting over the hump of inaction can be as easy as making a telephone call. There are literally hundreds of trade schools all across the UK that offer the type of support that builds confidence as we learn new skills. For that wall that has needed replacement for years, the cure could well be enrolling in a bricklaying course that is offered at your convenience. Most schools offer weekend classes, five day sessions, or some other form of accelerated learning, so that you will not need to make a significant commitment of time to learn just enough to get your project done.

These courses are practical, hands-on learning, so come prepared with your work clothes and steel toe-capped footwear. Most everything else you will need is provided, and in many cases the tools that you use are yours to take when you leave. The instructors are master craftsmen who bring years of experience to the learning process, and the relatively small class sizes provide a greater opportunity for individualized attention. Your classmates will be people from all walks of life a range of ages, both male and female and all of them at the same skill level as you.

The short duration of the typical bricklaying course means that instruction time is condensed, and students get their hands dirty within the first few minutes. It starts with learning how to mix mortar to just the right consistency and is followed by acquiring the necessary skills to make your walls plumb, vertical level, and square. Don’t be afraid to make a mistake, because some ofasad (4) our best learning comes from the lessons we learn from our errors.

Now, you are starting to feel good about yourself, but the clock is ticking and there is much more to be learned. The training moves to learning how to build a stretcher block wall, constructing cavity and block work walls, pillars, garden walls, and arches made of brick. For many students, the capstone of their experience comes with learning the secrets of constructing a wall in English bond. Finally, clothed in your academic regalia of dirty work clothes and footwear that is designed for function rather than appearance, you proudly accept your certificate of achievement that proclaims to the world that you have acquired the skills to tackle even the most intimidating of jobs.

The most important component of a bricklaying course, or any course of study, however, goes beyond simple mastery of techniques. Author Frances Willard wrote in How I Learned to Ride the Bicycle, No matter how one may think himself accomplished, when setting out to learn a new language, science, or the bicycle, he has entered a new realm as truly as if he were a child newly born into the world. Building confidence is much like building a brick wall. One success builds on another, and before you realize it, a bulwark of self-confidence has been created where none existed before.

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