Scaffolders put up and take down scaffolding, to allow workers to reach the external higher levels of buildings safely.
1. Entry requirements
There are no set entry requirements, but you'll need a Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) card.
GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English, maths, and design and technology may be helpful.
Experience on a construction site would also be useful.
You could start as a trainee scaffolder or get into this job through an apprenticeship.
You may need a driving licence.
2. Skills required
- practical skills
- the ability to follow instructions and plans
3. What you'll do
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- unloading scaffolding from a lorry
- creating a stable base on the ground
- putting up scaffolding poles and attaching horizontal tubes to them
- fixing scaffolding to a building
- laying planks across scaffolding for workers to walk on
- fixing guard rails and safety nets
- taking down scaffolding after a job
Highly Experienced: £30,000
Your salary will increase with overtime and shift allowances.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll usually work 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday.
You'll work outside in all weathers and at height. The work involves climbing and lifting heavy equipment. You'll wear a safety helmet, protective footwear and a safety harness.
You'll travel from site to site and may need to stay overnight.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience, you could become a scaffolding gang supervisor. You could also become a scaffolding designer or construction manager, or set up your own business.
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Last updated: 16 April 2018