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Steeplejacks tackle building and repair work that needs to be done high above the ground.
Average salaries are in the region of £18,000.00 to £25,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer
Steeplejacks tackle building and repair work that needs to be done high above the ground. They are crucial to keeping everything safe and in good working on order on tall buildings and other structures.
A Steeplejack has absolutely no fear of heights and needs to be fit with a good sense of balance. They climb a huge range of buildings and structures, including industrial chimneys, power stations, chemical works, church spires, bridges and high-rise towers.
As well as having a good head for heights a steeplejack is organised, an expert in the tools and equipment needed for the job and works well in a team.
Sticking to strict health and safety rules is second nature to a steeplejack. The job can be dangerous so they are very aware of safety issues for themselves and the people on the ground. Once a job is finished, he or she must dismantle the equipment and return it safely to the ground. Steeplejacks usually work outdoors and in all weathers.
Salaries typically depend on location, employer and any overtime that you may do. Self-employed access floorers set their own pay rates.
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Elliot Bruce is an apprentice steeplejack and works for Rafferty Steeplejacks in Stoke-on-Trent.
I’m studying for my apprenticeship in steeplejacking at the National Construction College East in Bircham Newton, Norfolk. I started work at Rafferty and they got me onto the course itself. I had to pass a height test before I even started my course.
We erect and dismantle steeplejack ladders and steeplejack scaffolds. The more training I do, the more I’ll be able to do. At the moment I assist the steeplejacks on the site where we’re working.
What I like about my role is that I get to learn new things, such as how to put steeplejack ladders together then take them apart again, I enjoy getting to know how to use the tools we need and learning all about my trade at college.
The coolest thing I’ve done at college is laddering a stack that was 130 feet high. You just want to keep going and going.
I’d like to become an advanced steeplejack, which is a supervisor’s role. It puts you in charge of jobs on site and gives you power over everyone below you. That’s where I see myself in ten years.
I’d say that if you’ve got a head for heights, this is the job for you
There are no formal entry requirements to be a steeplejack, but GCSEs or Standard Grades in Maths, English, Science or Design and Technology are useful. In Wales, you might consider the WJEC GCSE in Construction, or the Welsh Baccalaureate. You need ability in maths and a basic understanding of electrical theory to be a lightning conductor engineer.
A good way to start a career as a steeplejack is with an apprenticeship. You would work towards relevant Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) or National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) at Levels 2 and 3, including Accessing Operations and Rigging (Construction) - Steeplejack. Once you have completed an apprenticeship you can apply to upgrade your CSCS trainee card to a Skilled Worker card.
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The UK construction industry will need an additional 25,450 specialist building operative roles (which includes steeplejacks) 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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