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Scaffolders put up and take down scaffolding that allows workers to reach the higher levels of buildings during construction, cleaning and renovation projects.

As a scaffolder, you would be part of a small team. Your duties would include:

  • unloading scaffolding equipment at the site
  • setting base plates on the ground at regular intervals (these stop the upright poles slipping)
  • putting up the scaffolding poles (standards) and attaching the horizontal tubes (ledgers) to them with couples
  • fixing the scaffolding to the building or structure to make it more stable, using short ‘tie tubes’
  • laying planks (battens) across the scaffolding for workers to walk on
  • fixing guard rails and safety netting
  • taking down the scaffolding after a job is finished.

You might use scaffolding methods to put up temporary spectator stands, stages or gantries at public events. You could also build the scaffold around the formwork and shuttering that holds setting concrete in place on large structures like bridges (known as falsework).

Hours

You would usually work 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday.

Scaffolding is mainly an outdoor job that involves working in most weather conditions. The work can be physically demanding, with a lot of climbing and lifting of heavy equipment.

Much of your work will be at heights, and you would wear a safety helmet, protective footwear and a safety harness.

You would travel from site to site, and some projects may involve overnight stays away from home.

Income

  • Trainee salaries can be up to £13,000, depending on age and stage of training.
  • Qualified and experienced scaffolders can earn between £17,000 and £38,000 a year.

Overtime and shift allowances can increase income. Self-employed scaffolders negotiate their own rates.

 

Entry requirements

You would usually start out as a trainee and gain qualifications on the job (see the further training and development section below). Employers usually expect you to have some on-site experience – if you have not worked in construction before, you could gain experience working as a labourer.

You may be able to get into this job through an Apprenticeship scheme. The range of Apprenticeships available in your area will depend on the local jobs market and the types of skills employers need from their workers. To find out more about Apprenticeships, visit the Apprenticeships website.

To start as a trainee, you will need an understanding of maths, English and science – for an Apprenticeship you will usually need GCSEs in maths, English, science and technology, or equivalent qualifications.

The card scheme operated by the Construction Industry Scaffolders’ Record Scheme (CISRS) is the industry-recognised qualification for scaffolding, and shows that you are a competent worker. You can gain the card at the following levels, depending on your job:

  • Labourer
  • Trainee
  • Scaffolder
  • Advanced Scaffolder
  • Supervisor.

If you are working as a labourer, you can gain the Labourer card by taking a ConstructionSkills Health & Safety Test or equivalent certificate.

 

Training and development

Once you have found work as a trainee scaffolder and have completed a Health & Safety (H & S) test, you can apply for the Trainee card and start your training, which will include:

  • on-site experience
  • off-site training with a CISRS-approved training provider
  • completion of NVQ Level 2 in Accessing Operations and Rigging.

After completing all the above, you can apply for your Scaffolder card, and will be able to carry out basic scaffolding erection, dismantling and alteration as part of a scaffolding gang.

The Advanced card will allow you to work on more complex scaffolding. Gaining this card involves:

  • a further 12 months’ experience
  • attending an Advanced course
  • completing NVQ Level 3 in Access and Rigging Operations
  • completing a further H & S test.

The Advanced card lasts for five years, and can then be renewed by completing the H & S test.

For the Supervisor card, you need to complete:

  • a CISRS 5-day Supervisory course
  • a ConstructionSkills Supervisory H & S test.

For details of training providers offering basic and advanced inspection training, check the CISRS website.

Visit the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) website and the CISRS website for details of the card scheme.

Skills and knowledge

  • the ability to follow instructions accurately
  • practical skills
  • a good sense of balance and a head for heights
  • good hand-to-eye coordination
  • a good level of fitness
  • organisational skills
  • the ability to work as part of a team
  • an understanding of safe working practices.

Opportunities

You could work for specialist scaffolding firms, building contractors, or oil and power companies.

With experience, you could move into supervisory, estimating or construction management roles. You could also set up your own business.

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Industry summary

The construction sector is represented by ConstructionSkills Sector Skills Council. Construction is the creation of the built environment covering all stages of the construction process, from creating the initial ideas and designs to actually building the structure and ensuring that everything continues to work after it is completed. The sector covers the following areas: building infrastructure (such as roads and rail); the building of public and private housing; the construction of public non‐housing (such as schools); industrial building; the construction of commercial premises (such as offices and retail units); together with the repair and maintenance of these constructions.

ConstructionSkills represents every part of the UK construction industry, from architects to bricklayers. The sector employs 2.35 million people, representing over 8% of the UK workforce.

The craft industry covers a whole range of different trades including:

  • Wood occupations – Site Joiner, Shop fitter, Wood Machinist
  • Exterior occupations – Bricklayer, General Construction Operative
  • Interior occupations – Painter and Decorator, Ceiling Fixer
  • Specialist occupations – Thatcher, Roofer, Scaffolder
  • Plant occupations – Plant Mechanic, Plant Operator

Careers in construction craft roles suit people who are practical and are willing to work in a team. Craftspeople can also move into professional and technician roles.

Key facts for the construction sector as a whole:

  • 92% of organisations in the construction sector employ less than 10 people.
  • 55% of the workforce is employed in manual occupations.
  • 37% of the workforce is self‐employed.
  • Much of the workforce is mobile.
  • More than 35% of people in the sector are their own boss running their own companies.

Jobs in the industry range from: bench joiner, wood machinist, built up felt roofer, mastic asphalter, bricklayer, stonemason, dry liner, glazier, renderer, plant operator, demolition

National and regional data

Fewer employers in the East Midlands and West Midlands who had tried to recruit skilled staff had encountered difficulties (9% and 16% respectively); compared with London and Scotland, where two in five employers had experienced recruitment difficulties (40% and 39% respectively).

East Midlands – The highest requirements are for labourers (1,210) and wood trade and interior fit out (800). There are little or no requirements for: plasterers and dry liners; roofers; plant mechanics/fitters; steel erectors/structural; plus electrical trades and installation.

East of England – The highest requirements are for painters and decorators (1,000) and plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning trades (870). There are little or no requirements for: wood trade and interior fit out; building envelope specialists; plasterers and dry liners; plant mechanics/fitters; plus electrical trades and installation.

London – The highest requirements are for labourers (640) and plant operatives (510). There are little or no requirements for: wood trade and interior fit out; bricklayers; painters and decorators; roofers; floorers; plant mechanics/fitters; plus plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning trades.

North East – The highest requirements are for labourers (550) and bricklayers (510). There are little or no requirements for: roofers; steel erectors/structural; plus plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning trades.

North West – The highest requirements are for painters and decorators (620) and floorers (410). There are little or no requirements for: scaffolders; and steel erectors/structural.

South East – The highest requirements are for painters and decorators (340), labourers (290) and civil engineering operatives (290). There are little or no requirements for: bricklayers; building envelope specialists; plasterers and dry liners; roofers; floorers; plant mechanics/fitters; electrical trades and installation; plus plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning trades.

South West – The highest requirements are for labourers (1,260) and wood trade and interior fit out (350). There are little or no requirements for: building envelope specialists; painters and decorators; floorers; glaziers; specialist building operatives; plant mechanics/fitters; plus plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning trades.

West Midlands – The highest requirements are for labourers (710) and wood trade and interior fit out (640). There are little or no requirements for: bricklayers; plasterers and dry liners; roofers; floorers; glaziers; specialist building operatives; scaffolders; plant mechanics/fitters; plus plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning trades.

Yorkshire and the Humber – The highest requirements are for labourers (540) and floorers (340). There are little or no requirements for: building envelope specialists; plasterers and dry liners; glaziers; specialist building operatives; electrical trades and installation; plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning trades; plus civil engineering operatives.

Northern Ireland – The highest requirements are for wood trade and interior fit out (200) and labourers (180). There are little or no requirements for: building envelope specialists; painters and decorators; plasterers and dry liners; roofers; floorers; glaziers; steel erectors/structural; electrical trades and installation; plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning trades.

Scotland – The highest requirements are for plant operatives (1,030) and wood trade and interior fit out (760). There are little or no requirements for: bricklayers; roofers; floorers; electrical trades and installation; plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning trades.

Wales – The highest requirements are for wood trade and interior fit out (1,170) and labourers (730). There are little or no requirements for: plasterers and dry liners; steel erectors/structural; plus electrical trades and installation.

[N.B. Data derived from Constructionskills Labour Market Intelligence 2010‐2014.]

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