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Occupational supervisors/team leaders work in a supervisory role and will be in charge of a team working on a construction project.
Average salaries are in the region of £19,000.00 to £40,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer
An occupational supervisor or team leader is in charge of a group of tradespeople on a construction project. The team can include experienced and qualified workers as well as those who are starting out in trainee construction jobs.
Salaries depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
I’m with a civil engineering company that works in a number of different sectors including rail, roads, waste, water and nuclear and I supervise the workforce. This involves reviewing the project’s risk assessments and method statements (workplace plan), giving toolbox talks (short presentations), ordering plant materials and arranging the labour required on site. I work with the whole supply chain (workforce), joining it all together.
I left school and sort of fell into construction and joined BAM five years ago. When I first fell into it I was installing cable but have also done pipe laying, operated plant and been a ganger (team leader) looking after a small number of people. I’ve been working in construction since I was 18 or 19 and been involved in a lot of projects, both small and large scale. BAM Nuttall has given me a lot of opportunity to learn and progress in a way I never thought possible.
Every day is different. I get to meet so many different people and travel all over the country. There are several different challenges in the role and I like helping people by advising and supporting them.
Site supervisor jobs in the construction industry require good communication and people skills, keeping a calm head and not letting pressure affect the decisions you make. They are the most basic skills but as long as you keep communicating, things go well.
I’m proud of completing my NVQ in Construction Supervision and Plant. I worked on an RAF base in Norfolk and really enjoyed that because it was really different. It’s also great to be involved in working on Crossrail.
I like to take each day as it comes and I’m happy doing what I’m doing. I am settled but happy to progress if an opportunity comes along. I’ll seize a challenge.
Come and give it a go as it’s an interesting career. There are a lot of different challenges and it is very rewarding. Take every opportunity that comes your way.
You need a good level of experience in your area of work to be a successful occupational supervisor or team leader. It’s useful to have an NVQ Level 2 to show you know your job inside out and can therefore support and supervise other people doing it. You can also take an NVQ Level 3 as a site supervisor, to gain leadership and supervisory skills.
In Scotland, you will need to pass a health and safety test and have a full Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) certificate. You would require at least a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) Level 3 in Construction Site Supervision (Building and Civil Engineering). In some cases a relevant degree is required.
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According to the latest Construction Skills Network research, the UK construction industry will need an additional 4310 construction trades supervisors between 2017 - 2021. The highest demand for these construction jobs in the UK will be in the North East followed by Scotland, North West, Wales, West Midlands, South West, Yorkshire & Humber.
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