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Looking to start a career in scaffolding?

As we approach the end of the year, a lot of students are starting to think about which career path is right for them. Whether they want to take the traditional route of university, go more vocational and go to college to specialise in a specific area or to earn some money whilst studying and become an apprentice. With that in mind, the trades become very attractive to a lot of young people who want to become builders, scaffolders, plumbers etc. But how do you become a scaffolder or a construction labourer?

Like most professions, your employer would prefer you to have your GCSEs in English and Maths. Once you have these two qualifications, you have a choice of three different routes to become a scaffolder; completing a college course, partaking in an apprenticeship scheme, or to work your way up.

If you elect to enrol in college you would start on a course such as construction operations and complete the certificate at level 1 or 2. Most colleges, in order to enrol on level 2 certificate, will require you to have 2 or more GCSEs graded A* to D, and level 1 certificate 2 or fewer GCSEs graded at D to G. This will typically take about 18 months to complete, but to become a fully-qualified scaffolder at an advanced level, this can take up to 3 years.

An apprenticeship is considered to be a rather favourable and popular option as you get paid whilst you study, and gain hands on experience rather than textbook experience. In order to be an apprentice, you would apply to a scaffolding or construction company directly, which would usually take about 18 months to complete. It can be completed on a part-time basis, but it would take up to 2 years to complete.

2-3 GCSEs would be required to apply to be an intermediate scaffolding apprentice, these would usually include Math and English. Apprenticeships are open from the age of 16, as it is a legal requirement to stay in some form of education until the age of 18. The time you take to complete the scheme will be equally divided between the company you work for and time in the college or place of education. The company will employ you as a full employer and will have the expectation of you to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Typically, you would begin on minimum wage as an under 18, but gradually over time that price will increase, hence why this is the favourable option.

An alternative route to education is by applying directly to the construction or scaffolding company themselves and gain work experience. By applying to be a scaffolder or construction labourer directly, the company will give you the opportunity to learn and develop new skills from experienced members of the company. There is the added bonus of the training being continually provided.

With scaffolding, it does not just stop at scaffolder level, you can progress into senior roles such as supervisor, scaffolding designer, site safety inspector, site manager, and construction manager. You can work on small domestic jobs or work with agencies on big commercial sites. Eventually, and if you wish for this to happen, you can run your own business. Scaffolding is a great foundation and start to a very successful future.

If becoming a scaffolder is something which interests you, get in touch with us to find out more or visit our website. We are always more than happy to answer any questions and help you with what is next in your future.

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