Apprenticeships in England
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Floor layers lay laminate and solid timber floors. They are trained in sub-floor preparations and laying floor coverings. Domestic floor layers and carpet fitters work in people’s homes; commercial floor layers work in public spaces including offices, shops, hotels, schools; and resin floor layers work in both industrial and commercial buildings.
Most floor layers start out by doing an apprenticeship and training on-the-job. You should explore these routes to become a floor layer to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
Your local college or training provider may offer courses which will help you start your career as a floor layer. You could study for a Level 1 Award in Flooring Operations or Basic Construction Skills with flooring options, or an NVQ Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Floorcovering.
You could also study short courses delivered by the Flooring Industry Training Association (FITA), the Contract Flooring Association (CFA), the National Institute for Carpet and Floorlayers (NICF) and the UK Flooring Academy.
You’ll generally need:
● 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G) (level 1 course)
● 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) (level 2 course).
More experienced workers can upskill through the On Site Assessment and Training (OSAT) route.
An apprenticeship with a construction firm is a good way into the industry. You could complete an intermediate apprenticeship as a floor layer.
You’ll need 2-3 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. 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 and a college or training provider.
If you have some basic experience, you could apply directly to a specialist floor laying company to gain on-site experience as a floor layer. You might start out as an assistant to a more experienced floor layer and progress as your abilities improve.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a floor layer. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a floor layer include:
As a floor layer you could be:
Danny Malone is a Resin Floor Layer for Coatech Ltd in Rhyl, Wales.
The expected salary for a floor layer varies as you become more experienced.
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 floor layer 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 experience, you could become a team supervisor, estimator or contracts manager.
You could move into areas like buying and product sales.
You could also start your own business in laying carpets and flooring or work as a subcontractor.
Explore the progression opportunities below