Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has today called for the building industry to get a makeover which could see trainee bricklayers earn £1,000-a-week in five years' time.
The 47-year-old said that the construction industry should be an attractive career choice for Britain's young people.
It comes as the Government is calling for Britain's youngsters to be at the forefront of a construction boom which could see a million new homes being built.
A recent Government report set out how the building industry – with an ageing workforce - needs to be made a more attractive career choice.
The document, called the 'Farmer Report', highlighted that it currently has 'poor industry image' and desperately requires a makeover.
Mr Javid, MP for Bromsgrove, is behind the push and is keen to highlight the perks of being a bricklayer so more young people consider a job in construction.
He said: 'Our young people are some of the most talented and hard-working in the world and I want them to consider careers in growth sectors of the future, like construction.
'Too often jobs in building are overlooked. With the housing sector going from strength to strength, we are creating three million apprenticeships so our future British brickies can be at the forefront of this trade which could set them up for life'.
Ian Hodgkinson runs the brickwork academy in Derby and trains bricklayers of the future.
He revealed that trainee bricklayers on an apprenticeship scheme could find themselves in a construction job within five years, earning a £1,000-a-week salary.
Trainee bricklayers on an apprenticeship scheme could find themselves in a construction job within five years, earning a £1,000-a-week salary
Mr Hodgkinson said: 'Brickies are in high demand and can earn up to £1,000 a week at the top of their game.
'A place at a construction academy should be just as highly sought after as a place on the X Factor boot camp. Your career is likely to last longer too.'
The Government is investing in the construction industry to deliver an increase in house building and improve the UK's economic and social Infrastructure.
It hopes to create three million apprenticeships by 2020 and launch the £3billion Home Building Fund to support firms and builders.