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Demolition operatives are part of a team to clear a site ready for a new construction project. Using anything from basic hand tools to larger plant and machinery, they strip out fittings, remove hazardous materials and salvage anything that can be reused, before demolishing or dismantling the unsafe or obsolete buildings and structures.
While there are no formal qualifications needed to become a demolition operative, there are several routes you could take to help you pursue this career. You can complete an apprenticeship or apply directly to an employer for work.
Many employers in the demolition sector are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You will be required to obtain a Certificate of Competence in Demolition Operations (CCDO) card to work on a demolition site. Your prospective employer may arrange this training for you, but to find out more about the scheme and how to attain a CCDO card, visit the National Demolition Training Group website here.
If you are over 16, you can complete a demolition operative trailblazer apprenticeship to help you start your demolition career.
You will not need GCSEs or equivalent to apply for a demolition apprenticeship – part of your training will ensure you achieve Level 2 in English and Maths within the apprenticeship accreditation.
As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience (80%) and at college or training provider (20%).
You may be able to find work as a demolition labourer; you will still need a CCDO card to start this route, however no demolition experience will be necessary to undertake the training.
If your employer feels you have the necessary aptitude for demolition work, they may assist you with the training you require to become a demolition operative.
Many demolition contractors offer periods of work experience. Due to the nature of the work and the hazards involved, this will not be a demolition operative role and you will be under strict supervision by an experienced senior demolition operative. This will give you a great idea of what the job entails and gives the employers a chance to assess your skills and attitude towards work.
You could gain this work experience via an organised scheme through school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Desirable skills and personal qualities for a demolition operative include:
The job role of a demolition operative involves the following duties:
Lee Clark started work as a demolition operative for Bath Demolition. This video was recorded at the start of Lee’s demolition career. He has now worked his way up to a demolition site supervisor!
As you work your way up the CCDO card scheme, your salary will increase in line with your experience.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
Check out the latest demolition operative vacancies:
As these are external websites, the number of vacancies related to your preferred role may vary. New opportunities will be posted as they come up.
With further training and experience you can progress to be an advanced demolition operative.
Eventually, you could move into a supervisory or managerial role and oversee work on a demolition site.
An individual working from the bottom up on the CCDO career pathway would progress as follows:
Explore the progression opportunities below