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Trades We Support

On this page you will find useful information on some of the positions within the construction industry that we are able to support. This information has come from the Go Construct website www.goconstruct.org created by our partner organisation The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). Please visit this website if you would like further information.

Bricklayer – Apprentice Bricklayer Level 2 NVQ

Bricklayers lay bricks, pre-cut stone, concrete blocks and other types of building blocks in mortar to construct and repair walls, foundations, partitions, arches and other structures.

Bricklayers work outdoors and may have to work at heights or in tunnels and shafts. They usually work in teams. They may work on a range of projects, from creating a single conservatory to building brand new homes or large commercial developments.

Salary:

Newly trained Bricklayers can earn between £12,300 and £17,000. Trained with experience can earn between £17,000 and £30,000. Senior or master bricklayers can earn in the region of £30,000 – £40,000

Potential progression opportunities:

Apprentice Technician (Level 3) – Site Manager – Construction Manager – Self employed Sub-Contractor

Carpenter – Apprentice Carpenter Level 2 NVQ

A carpenter is a trained craftsperson skilled in woodwork. They measure, mark, cut, shape, fit and finish timber – either by hand or with power tools.

Wood is an essential part of just about any building. Carpenters work on the roof, floor and walls by making and installing parts such as floor joists, floorboards, roof trusses and wall partitions. They fit all kinds of interior woodwork, such as staircases, doors, skirting boards, cupboards and kitchens. Almost every construction project needs carpenters, so the job takes them everywhere from homes and commercial premises to building sites.

Salary:

Newly trained Carpenters can earn between £15,000 and £17,000. Trained with experience can earn between £17,000 and £29,000. Senior, chartered or master carpenters can earn in the region of £29,000 – £40,000

Potential progression opportunities:

Apprentice Technician (Level 3) – Site Manager – Contracts Manager – Project Manager – Self-employed contractor/sub-contractor

Painter and Decorator – Apprentice Painter and Decorator Level 2 NVQ

A painter and decorator makes walls and ceilings shipshape and attractive using paint, wallpaper and other finishes.

They are in demand across the construction industry and master a range of techniques for making places look good, often training in new skills throughout their career. Specialist techniques include applying decorative paint finishes such as stencils, colour glaze, graining, marbling and lettering.

A painter and decorator’s job includes working out what materials are needed for a particular project by taking measurements, or looking at job specifications or drawings. Then they get started on the work by erecting scaffolding, cradles and ladders and putting out dustsheets to protect areas from dripping paint.

Old paint or paper is removed by sanding or scraping, or by using blowtorches, liquid paint removers or steam strippers. Surfaces are prepared by fixing woodwork, filling or sealing holes, cracks and joins and washing them down to remove dust and grease.

Painters and decorators develop an expert eye for matching colours. They apply paint, stains varnishes and other finishes using brushes, rollers or spraying equipment.

Salary:

Newly trained Painters and Decorators can earn between £12,000 and £15,000. Trained with experience can earn between £18,000 and £25,000. Senior/Master Craft Painter and Decorators can earn in the region of £25,000 – £29,000

Potential progression opportunities:

Apprentice Technician (Level 3) – Site Manager – Self-employed contractor/sub-contractor

Ground Worker (GCO) – Apprentice Ground Worker Level 2 NVQ

A general construction operative does many jobs on a building site, from mixing concrete to digging holes. They are often on site from start to completion preparing the site for work to commence and finishing it off.

General construction operatives have a wide range of skills and are needed right across a building site, so it’s no surprise they are in demand. They work alongside skilled tradespeople, helping to build everything from a new home to a motorway flyover. Variety is one of the things people enjoy about the job and tasks include mixing and pouring concrete to making foundations, beams or floors.

Operatives mark out the area for the site using string lines strung between stakes, and put up huts, ladders, barriers and safety signs. They lay drainage pipes, pavements and manhole covers and use hand machinery such as drills, pumps and compressors.

Salary:

Newly trained GCO’s can earn between £9,000 and £15,000. Trained with experience can earn between £15,000 and £20,000. Many GCO’s become plant operators which can enhance skills and earning capability.

Potential progression opportunities:

Apprentice Technician (Level 3) – Site Manager – Occupational supervisor/team leader- Plant Operator – Highways maintenance operative – Contract Manager – Self-employed contractor/sub-contractor

Dryliner – Apprentice Dryliner Level 2 NVQ

A dryliner creates the walls and rooms in a new building. They also hide pipes and wires, create space for insulation and smooth out uneven surfaces during renovation work. These tradespeople are skilled in building the internal walls in all types of buildings, using metal stud partitioning and plasterboard sheets. They also put in partitions that can move location later if need be, along with suspended ceilings and raised flooring.

It’s an interesting and satisfying career because a dryliner helps a new building to take shape – actually creating the rooms and corridors where people will live or work or visit. They also help to change a place that is taking on a new purpose.

The work suits people who enjoy a physically demanding job, lifting and moving panels into place. They often use ladders or a small scaffold for fitting a ceiling.

Salary:

Newly trained Dryliner’s can earn between £10,000 and £20,000. Trained with experience can earn between £20,000 and £30,000. Senior or master dryliner’s can earn in the region of £30,000.

Potential progression opportunities:

Apprentice Technician (Level 3) – Site Manager – Occupational supervisor/team leader- Partitioning systems operatives

Technician – Apprentice Technician (Civil and Construction) Level 3 NVQ

A technical apprenticeship is a good starting point if you want to get in to site management, quantity surveying, planning or estimating.

Site Engineers/Technicians look after the technical, organising and supervising side of construction projects – from new housing to multi-million pound roads and railways.

A Site Engineer/Technician is part of the site management team, working alongside architects, engineers, construction managers, supervisors, planners, surveyors and subcontractors. He or she shares responsibility for site security, health and safety, and the organisation and supervision of people and materials.

They also talk with everyone to keep the project on track, including clients, any consultants, subcontractors, supervisors, planners, quantity surveyors and the general workforce. They sometimes need to speak with the local authority to check all the construction regulations and by-laws are being followed.

Day-to-day management of the site includes supervising the labour force, planning the work and organising the plant and site facilities to hit deadlines. They work in an office and out on site. Site visits and inspections happen in all weathers. This career can involve a lot of travel, sometimes away from home.

Salary:

Newly trained site technicians can earn in the region of £19,000 – £21,000. Trained with experience can earn £28,000 – £36,000. Salaries will vary depending on location and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options improve as learning continues e.g. HNC/HND or Degree.

Building Maintenance Operative – Apprentice Building Maintenance Operative Level 2 NVQ

Building Maintenance Operatives are responsible for keeping buildings in good running order. They carry out all general repairs and maintenance. The tasks they carry out are associated with a wide variety of different construction trades.

A maintenance operative can work anywhere, indoors and outdoors and needs a good working knowledge of trades such as carpentry, bricklaying, plastering and roofing. This career can involve repairing roofing and guttering, painting walls, hanging doors and fitting skirting boards. They are extremely versatile.

Salary:

Trained with experience Maintenance Operatives can earn in the region of £22,000 – £28,000

Salaries typically range depending on location and overtime.  Self-employed Maintenance Operatives set their own pay rates.

Potential Progression Opportunities:

Specific Trade – Carpenter, Bricklayer etc.  – Supervisor – Self Employed Contractor/Sub Contractor – Contracts Manager

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