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Cavity insulation installer

Cavity insulation installers fit insulation and soundproofing materials in buildings.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £12,000 to £30,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: up to 45 hours per week

1. Entry requirements

Some employers may ask for:

  • GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in subjects like English, maths or design and technology
  • experience of using power tools and a knowledge of basic brickwork
  • a driving licence

Although not essential, you could complete a short course offered by a product manufacturer, a general construction course, or a course in insulation and building treatments.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • the ability to follow written and spoken instructions
  • practical skills
  • maths skills

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • carrying out and writing up pre-installation surveys
  • marking out ventilation, wiring and pipework ducts in walls, and sealing openings, like air vents
  • working out the volume of space to be filled, and the amount of insulation needed
  • drilling holes into the walls of a building
  • injecting insulation materials into cavity spaces through the holes in a specific order
  • re-filling the holes and re-pointing mortar
  • checking all airbricks and flues are clear
  • making sure materials and methods used meet building regulations

4. Salary

Starter: £12,000 to £15,000 (trainee)

Experienced: £16,000 to £20,000

Highly Experienced: up to £30,000 (senior installer with supervisory duties)

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll work up to 45 hours a week, which may include weekends.

The job can be physically demanding. You may work at height and in cramped conditions.

A driving licence may be needed as you'll travel from job to job.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a team leader or estimator, set up your own installation business, or move into wider construction trades. 

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Last updated: 18 August 2017