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Draught proofers make sure buildings are properly ventilated without losing heat or wasting energy.


Average salaries are in the region of £12,000.00 to £25,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Draught proofers make sure buildings are properly ventilated without losing heat or wasting energy.

What they do

This role has a lot to do with detection, tracking down where air is leaking from offices, schools and houses – then fixing the problem with draught proofing. Draught proofers are trained to identify the cause of draughts in all kinds of places. Once the draught proofer has identified the leaky area, they will recommend and install the best products to fix it.

This covers an array of locations and covers all kinds of materials, including:

  • Windows (sash, metal, timber)  
  • External doors (including weather bars for door bottoms)
  • Floorboards
  • Skirting boards
  • Internal doors

A lot of the work is done in kitchens, bathrooms and main living areas. Draught proofers can find themselves working on anything from a loft hatch or letterbox, to keyholes and cat flaps.

They help the building’s owner by cutting heating and lighting bills, making everyone inside more comfortable, and help the environment by reducing the amount of energy needed to keep the place running.

Typical tasks include:

  • Talking to the main contractor and other tradespeople on site
  •  Identifying the draughts and ventilation issues
  •  Cleaning and preparing the area
  •  Installing draught proofing using specialist tools

Salary

  • Newly trained draught proofer’s can earn in the region of £12,000 - £17,000
  • Trained with experience draught proofer’s can earn in the region of £17,000 - £25,000

Salaries typically range depending on location and overtime. Self-employed draught proofer’s set their own pay rates.


 

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Qualifications & Training

You don’t always need specific qualifications for this job but employers may want you to have Standard Grades/National 4 or 5s,  GCSE's in Maths and English, or their equivalent such as the Welsh Baccalaureate. A qualification in general construction such as a Level 2 BTEC First Certificate is an advantage, but many people have no previous training or qualifications. 

You are trained by working under the supervision of an experienced installer. You also take short courses offered by the product manufacturers. To become a fully trained installer takes between three and six months. 

A relevant on-the-job qualification is a Level 2 SVQ/NVQ Certificate in Insulation and Building Treatments - Draught-proofing. It covers health and safety, moving, handling and storing resources and installing draught proofing to openings.

For further information see the National Insulation Association website: www.nationalinsulationassociation.org.uk

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Career trends and forecasts

55,480 total staff needed

The UK construction industry will need an additional 55,480 specialist building operative roles (which includes draught proofers) to meet demand between 2017 - 2021, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI). The majority of this demand will be in East of England and East Midlands.

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